Remember the talented young gospel artist Keedron Bryant who took the world by storm as he paid tribute to George Floyd?
Musical artists and celebrities across the country praised the young man for his heartfelt song and amazing talent. Well, Bryant did indeed turn heads with his performance, including those at Warner Records as he has just signed a deal with the label and his inspiring song will be his first release out Friday, June 19th, which is the date that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States.
“It’s very exciting because this is what God’s called me to do,” Keedron Bryant said in an interview with The Associated Press this week, adding that “it’s just been an exciting experience to work with my mom.”
“I Just Wanna Live,” the song that has captured the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement, was written by Byrant’s mother, 38-year-old Johnnetta Bryant.
Johnnetta Bryant said that when she say the police officer kill George Floyed, it “…really hit my heart just so deeply because I am a mom to a black son. I have a black husband. I have black brothers, uncles, cousins, friends. I needed [God’s] wisdom. I went into prayer. He gave me those words so clearly. I shared it with Keedron … and I told him, ‘…I want you to take these words and I want you to pray over them. Meditate on them. Whenever you’re done with them, come out and we’ll record it.’ He did just that.”
The clip went viral and noted faces such as Barack Obama, LeBron James, Janet Jackson, Lupita Nyong’o, among others, acknowledged the impact of the song and its importance on social media during this time.
Warner Records will donate 100% of the net profits of “I Just Wanna Live” to the NAACP and for every stream of the song on Amazon Music, the company will donate $1 to the NAACP for the first 24 hours that the song is out, giving up to $50,000.
Keedron is excited to record more songs and work with Warner. He states that although his inspirational song came from a dark place, he’s hoping that it helps bring about positive change in society.
“It’s unfair that black people can’t go out and enjoy life and live without having fear that something’s going to happen to them, so it was kind of sad to sing those lyrics,” Keedron said. “But (there’s) still hope in the world that we can change the world.”