As a renowned Olympic gold medalist, 21-year-old Gabby Douglas knows a lot about the need for motivation — and now she’s hoping to share the songs that encourage her with you through her compilation album Conqueror.
As the first athlete to join Heard Well — a record label specializing in compilation albums — Douglas is excited for the chance to share the music she listens to during training and hopefully help others in the process.
“It was just really fun for me because the music in the album is something that I always listen to during training for competitions, and I really hope that people benefit off of this positive music,” Douglas tells Billboard.
“The main thing was the kind of music. This is stuff you can dance to, you can really get hype and feel the energy. And second: just positive lyrics.”
Naming the first track, Blanca‘s “Not Backing Down” as her personal favorite, Douglas notes that even professional athletes struggle sometimes — but the songs and the people she surrounds herself with act as motivators.
“You know, we’re athletes and we’re kind of like ‘superhuman’ — we are not like your average, normal human beings,” says Douglas, referring to the level of training they participate in. Continuing she adds, “But we’re still human, we’re still normal — and everybody needs that motivation, that push. That’s why we have coaches, that’s why we have mentors and family and friends to push us. Because we all get off track and need somebody there for us.”
Conqueror is available on iTunes and via Heard Well, and you can view the complete track list below.
1. Blanca, “Not Backing Down”
2. Hollyn, “Love with Your Life,” Remix version
3. Veridia, “Still Breathing”
4. Capital Kings, “Northern Sky”
5. V Rose, “Take a Broken Heart”
6. Trip Lee, “Rise”
7. Blanca, “Today”
8. Lauren Daigle, “First”
9. Hollyn, “All I Need Is You”
10. V Rose, “Emotionalful”
11. Veridia, “We Are The Brave”
12. David Dunn, “Today is Beautiful”