R&B Singer Miguel responds to recent shootings with a new track titled “How Many’.
Following the recent shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, many celebrities have taken to social media and to the airwaves to express their thoughts and feelings about the Black Lives Matter movement and the current influx of violence toward African Americans perpetrated by law enforcement. Miguel joins many of his fellow artists who feel as though they cannot stand by and be silent any longer.
On Friday, July 8th, he released a new single titled, “How Many”. In this heartfelt track, he plainly states that he is “tired of human lives turned into hashtags and prayer hands“, and asks the question, “how many black lives does it take to wake the change?”
This is not Miguel’s first socially conscience record. In 2012, he released “Candles In the Sun” which appeared on his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream (an earlier version was featured on the EP, Art Dealer Chic Vol. 3). While “Candles In the Sun” addressed violence, government corruption, social unrest and poverty, “How Many” touches specifically on the issues surrounding the surge of police violence toward black people and the need for social and governmental change. This change must not only take place within law enforcement, but also within our own community.
He states on his Soundcloud page, that he wrote and recorded the track in his London hotel room between the hours of 4 am and 7 am before passing out. The rough version is currently the only available version of the song. The singer says that he will continue to work on it and update the site every week until it is finally complete.