Roberta Flack Uses AI to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 05: Honoree Roberta Flack attends Black Girls Rock! 2017 backstage at NJPAC on August 5, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET)

It’s the 50th anniversary of Roberta Flack‘s renowned hit “Killing Me Softly With His Song.”

To celebrate, the retired singer has collaborated with AI sound company Endel to release three reimagined soundscape versions of the song for focus, relaxation, and sleep.

“Killing Me Softly With His Song” is cited as one of the greatest songs of all time. a definitive interpretation of a song that has been covered over 130 times. In 1996, Fugees recorded the song with Lauryn Hill on lead vocals. Their version became a number-one hit in twenty countries.

Endel has used the original stems from Flack’s recording to create three ‘soundscape’ albums to suit different activities.

“The new frontiers of AI and functional music give Roberta a new door of opportunity to step through as a part of the future of music and technology in a way that helps the world to grow,” said Flack’s manager Suzanne Koga.

All three soundscape albums can be pre-saved for listening on streaming services including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal and YouTube Music,

“Roberta Flack’s song is a soul masterpiece, and this is the first time that Endel has reworked a classic song in this way,” said CEO Oleg Stavitsky. “We strived to treat the source material with utmost respect and wanted to create something special for the song’s 50th anniversary.”