Santa Barbara musician, songwriter and soul and indie rocker David Segall is raising funds for disaster-relief charities with his newest, original recordings.
The song was finished just before the Thomas fire slammed Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. In response to the fire’s devastation and subsequent deb
Later this year, other charities will benefit from his new songs.
Segall said the title of the song came when he met British author Josephine Reynolds, her county‘s first female firefighter, through a friend in Santa Barbara in 2017.
Reynolds told him she was going to release a memoir about her life as a firefighter in the early 1980s, entitled “Fire Woman.” So, Segall offered to write its theme song.
“I had already begun writing a song about the transformative power of fire to purge and renew,” he said.
After he met Reynolds and heard some of her stories as a firefighter, Segall knew what the title of the song had to be. “The image of a brave and empowered ‘Fire Woman’ is what informed the rest of my lyrics,” he said.
Written and recorded in Santa Barbara, “Fire Woman” features internation
Australian-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Jones, a longtime Santa Barbara bandmate of Segall’s, produced the song and played bass guitar with vocal harmonies.
Iranian-born singer Mandana Mirabrishami also harmonized. The song includes violinist Ilaria Gianfagna of Italy, who recorded remotely from her studio in Sicily, and Austin Beede on drums, Angus Cooke on cello, and Philippo Franchini on guitar.
A Santa Barbara High School alum, Segall also teaches yoga and organizes retreats for music in Costa Rica.