JoJo has shared “American Mood,” a song that addresses privilege in America.
The soothing tune was inspired by the folk stylings of Joni Mitchell and was penned with the help of her friends D’Mile, Nikki Flores and Tommy Park a few years ago.
“My friends and I wrote this song a few years ago, and it continues to apply to the moment. I didn’t want my heart to be misconstrued so I held it close to my chest until now,” she shared on Instagram. “This song doesn’t offer any solutions, instead a humble reflection inspired by the moment.”
The song arrived with an Alfredo Flores-directed visual that follows the singer around the woods as she’s accompanied by a string quartet. The clip also symbolically touches on significant social issues such as racism and LGBTQ+ acceptance.
“Hello, hello, I’m on the edge of empathy and privilege / It comes along with who I am somehow / Trying to fall asleep again with alcohol and Ambien / As much as my wallet will allow,” JoJo sings over the string-laden track. “American mood / Maybe we just grew up way too soon / American mood / We got so much growing up to do.”
The proceeds from the song will go to the I Have A Dream Foundation, which provides individualized social, emotional, and academic support to young people from low-income communities.
“American Mood” follows JoJo’s holiday album December Baby. She also released a deluxe version of her album Good to Know back in August. The expanded project featured songs like “What U Need,” “Small Things” and “Man.”
Watch the video for “American Mood” here: