HER recently delivered a powerful performance of a new song, “I Can’t Breathe,” for an installment of iHeartRadio and State Farm’s Living Room Concert Series.
On the track, the R&B singer addresses the state of the world, in light of global anti-police brutality and -racism protests. “What is a gun to a man that surrenders? / What’s it gonna take for someone to defend us? / If we all agree that we’re equal as people / Then why can’t we see what is evil?” she sings.
“Just by the title, you know that [the song] means something very, very kind of painful and very revealing,” HER said during the livestream. “These lyrics were kind of easy to write because it came from a conversation with what’s happening right now, what’s been happening, and the change that we need to see. 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.”
A few days later, the singer released an emotional video for “I’m Not OK,” a cut from her I Used to Know Her compilation. The clip features a troupe of interpretive dancers who reenact the death of a black man from police brutality.
Watch the video for “I’m Not OK” here:
And check out HER’s performance of “I Can’t Breathe,” plus the rest of her Living Room Concert set, below: