After announcing her plan to retire from music last year, Teyana Taylor is giving her fans one final tour.
The singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce The Last Rose Petal Tour, a 12-city farewell that kicks off in San Francisco on November 7. “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard,” Teyana captioned her tour announcement. “However for every goodbye God makes the next hello closer. Come out and watch me, leave it all out on the stage… One last time… Just for you & as my last rose petal falls, I say farewell…”
Taylor has been quiet this year after having a tremendous 2020. In December of last year, Taylor hosted the 2020 Billboard Women in Music event, where she celebrated some of the industry’s most important voices. The evening was full of surprise guests, inspiring speeches, and plenty of music, with honorees that spanned multiple generations and genres, including Jessie Reyez, Dolly Parton, and Jennifer Lopez.
“Tonight’s honorees helped us look through the darkness and find the light. Their music inspired our Zoom dance parties, they used their platforms to fight a global pandemic, to fight for equality, and encourage voters to make their voices heard,” said Taylor in her opening speech. “While the world was in lockdown, these women were standing up, doing what women do best: getting to the work and getting to the money.”
Two months prior, Taylor recruited Sir Elton John to play piano in the visual for her track, “Lose Each Other.”
The emotional “Lose Each Other,” which comes off Taylor’s acclaimed, third LP, The Album, tells the tale of a couple breaking up and imagining life without each other. A beautifully-choreographed dance sequence underscores the song’s heartbreaking yet hopeful lyrics. Like the video itself, Elton’s appearance is both subtle and striking.
“As a director, I wanted the imagery to be simple, yet powerful, which is why I choose an all-white background and bold looks,” explained Taylor, who directs the majority of her projects under the moniker of “Spike Tee.” “I wanted my audience to understand how love’s hardships can also be beautiful.”