A teen gospel singer who recently went viral has been signed by Warner Records. Bryant’s song emphasized the killings of African Americans by police.
What We Know:
- Keedron Bryant, 12, gained fast recognition when his song “I Just Wanna Live” was posted on social media after George Floyd was killed while in the custody of Minnesota police. Warner Records released the single on Friday in honor of Juneteenth and announced that 100% of the single’s net profits will be donated to the NAACP.
@keedronbryant on IG and YouTube sings a song his mom Johnnetta Bryant wrote titled I Just Wanna Live…thank God for a praying mom that gets wisdom from heaven #BLACK_LIVES_MATTER #BlackLivesMatter #Equality #justice #RayshardBrooks #racism #america #AtlantaWendys pic.twitter.com/gnSTsnIoEl
— I JUST WANNA LIVE (@keedronbryant) June 14, 2020
- Additionally, Amazon Music will donate $1 for every stream of the song on Amazon Music through 9 p.m. PST Friday to the NAACP, up to $50,000. The song was written by his mother Johnnetta Bryant, the acapella performance shot on a smartphone moved many as Bryant sang, “I’m a young black man doing all that I can.”
It has become one of the unofficial anthems of a movement as Black Lives Matter protests have occurred around the globe.
The Florida native has appeared on CNN, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and other programs. LeBron James and President Barack Obama are among Bryant’s fans.Actor Will Smith incorporated the clip into his “No Justice, No Peace” montage on social media.