«You Gotta Be» is a song recorded by the British pop and soul singer Des’ree. Written by the singer with the track’s producer Ashley Ingram, «You Gotta Be» was the first single release from Des’ree’s second album I Ain’t Movin’ (1994).Described by Stuart Elliott in The New York Times as «an infectiously sunny tune about the affirmative powers of self-confidence, «You Gotta Be» according to Des’ree is, like all the songs on its parent album, «about having the inner strength to figure out who you are» with «You Gotta Be» specifically being «born out of me stopping myself and thinking everyday how you gotta be something. You have to be cool and calm in [one] situation, and then you have to be bold and strong in another situation.»Des’ree drew inspiration for «You Gotta Be» from the Shakti Gawain book Creative Visualization which had abetted the singer’s recovery from a painful romantic breakup; «I’ve always been blindly optimistic, and that [book] helped me rise from my melancholia,» explains Des’ree who it is said «swears by daily affirmations.»

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