(If you like: Gary Clark Jr., Son Little, John Legend)
Soulful singer-songwriter Leon Bridges released his stunning and impressive debut Coming Home last summer. His powerful and heartfelt combination of soul, gospel, and alternative blues has captivated ears and hearts alike, and now the musician has released the stunning music video for his song “River”.
Directed by Miles Jay, the music video is rather a short film, telling the story of suffering and struggling, and the ability to overcome these obstacles. Bridges shared a statement about the project:
“A river has historically been used in gospel music as symbolism for change and redemption. My goal was to write a song about my personal spiritual experience. It was written during a time of real depression in my life and I recall sitting in my garage trying to write a song which reflected this struggle. I felt stuck working multiple jobs to support myself and my mother. I had little hope and couldn’t see a road out of my reality. The only thing I could cling to in the midst of all that was my faith in God and my only path towards baptism was by way of the river.
When thinking about how to best visually represent this universal battle, I reflected on the depiction of black communities in our media and particular experiences within my own life. This video showcases the unique struggle many black men and women face across this country. However, unlike the captured images which tend to represent only part of the story, I wanted to showcase that through all the injustice, there’s real hope in the world.
I want this video to be a message of light. I believe it has the power to change and heal those that are hurting.”
Enjoy the video below and head to his website for more music and information about Coming Home.