#Growns who have frequented this site for a few years now should be familiar with the name and sound of Jarrod Lawson. If you aren’t there’s no time like the present to get familiar and in these times that are testing the soul of humanity, Jarrod Lawson is bringing a musical message to the fore.

Inspired by the long and heartbreaking lineage of police brutality in the US, this stirring song, intended as a hopeful message of peace and unity, reflects on such a story. Originally inspired by the brutal murder of Eric Garner in 2014 during which several policeman held him face down in a choke hold while Eric repeatedly declared “I can’t breathe”, the song draws correlation to the recent murder of George Floyd, an event which has ignited a firestorm of protests across the globe. The chorus of the song offers a peaceful appeal to our armed “public servants”, saying to them “Soften your heart. Lower your guard. Let your fears be vanquished by this simple truth – that you’re my sister, you’re my brother, let’s Embrace What We Are and stop killing each other”. The hope is to bring greater awareness to the issue of police brutality and use of excessive force toward unarmed men and women, and more specifically, men and women of colour.

Proceeds from the sales of this single will be donated to COLOROFCHANGE.ORG, an organisation whose goal is to empower and amplify black voices and their allies, make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans, and bring about positive political and social change for everyone.