H.E.R debuted an emotional new song this past week as part of an episode for IHearRadio’s Living Room Concert Series, titled ‘I Can’t Breathe’.
The performance was a response inspired by the police killings of unarmed black citizens and the increase of protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
When H.E.R. debuted the song she said, “Just by the title, you know that it means something very, very kind of painful and very revealing.”
“These lyrics were kind of easy to write because it came from a conversation of what’s happening right now, what’s been happening, and the change that we need to see,” H.E.R. said.
H.E.R also gave a shout-out to all the people in different communities that are promoting justice, peace, equality, and passion.
“I think music is powerful when it comes to change and when it comes to healing and that’s why I wrote this song, to make a mark in history. And I hope this song does that,” H.E.R added.
The midtempo track features lines like, “What is a gun to a man that surrenders/ What’s it gonna take for someone to defend her/ If we all agree that we’re equal as people/ Then why can’t we see what’s evil?”
The chorus hits hard: “I can’t breathe/ You’re taking my life from me/ I can’t breathe/ Will anyone fight for me?”
After playing “I Can’t Breathe,” H.E.R. covered Green Day’s American Idiot single “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
H.E.R shared some clips of the emotional new song on her official Instagram account –
H.E.R.’s performance on the iHeartRadio Living Room Series helped raise money for Meals on Wheels and the Urban League.
H.E.R also teamed up with Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley, and Good Morning America for the GMS Summer Concert Series. The duo joined the show remotely on June 12th and shared their song ‘Slow Down’ that sends a message of peace, love, and strength. They also paid tribute to Bob Marley who would have turned 75 this year with two of his classic tracks.