A 12-year-old black boy whose song about fears of being a young African American has gone viral has been signed by a major American label.
Keedron Bryant’s song I Just Wanna Live, released online the day after George Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was released on Friday.
Warner Records has scheduled the release to coincide with Juneteenth, which marks the end of centuries of American slavery.
The song has already accumulated millions of likes.
The soul piece was written by Keedron’s mother and is sung a cappella by him.
He understands the words: “I am a young black man, doing everything I can to stay up.
“Oh, but when I look around, and I see what’s happening to my species.
“Every day I am hunted like prey. My people don’t want problems. “
Young gospel singer’s original Instagram post drew over 3 million likes and praised former president Barack Obama, basketball legend LeBron James, singer Janet Jackson and actress Lupita Nyong’o.
“It’s very exciting because that’s what God called me to do,” Keedron of Jacksonville, Florida told The Associated Press earlier this week.
“It was just an exciting experience working with my mom. ”
His mother, Johnnetta Bryant, said that watching the video of George Floyd, an unarmed black man dying while a policeman knelt on his neck last month “really struck my heart so much because I am the mother of a black son.
“I have a black husband. I have black brothers, uncles, cousins, friends. ”
Warner plans to donate the proceeds to the National Association for the Advancement of People of Color.