Jackie Paladino releases her highly-anticipated new video entitled “RescueMe,” the follow-up to “Daddy’s Money,” which prominently placed her on the map as a musical force to watch out for in 2016. Recorded with Chris Griffin (Madonna, Kanye West, John Legend) in the heart of Manhattan last year, Paladino wrote her latest release a couple summers ago at her childhood piano in New Jersey as a way to cope during her struggle with an eating disorder.
Never one to shy away from vulnerable topics, Ms. Paladino admits that penning “RescueMe” was essential to her survival during a destructive, chaotic period of her life. It touches upon the delicate issue of overcoming an eating disorder, and the shame, isolation, and uncontrollable nature that the disease encapsulates. “I couldn’t control anything. That’s what it felt like. I went from a go-getting, highly motivated, highly passionate individual to a girl who hated her choices, hated her body, and clung to all sorts of outside forces in hopes of finding something or someone to save me. It took what felt like forever to realize that the only one who could save me was myself.”
Inspired by her journey to recovery, the song transitions between a girl who is imprisoned by body dysmorphia who seeks outside forces, namely men, to rescue her to a soulful anthem of female empowerment where the protagonist realizes that she had the power to be her own heroine all along. “As girls and young women, we are constantly bombarded with fairytales, stories, and other images, that project the idea that women are inferior to men and are in need of rescuing. When I wrote ‘RescueMe’, I chose to reject those beliefs and inspire women to find the courage to save themselves.”