JESSICA LÁ REL
By Jack Barnes
Serena Williams, Misty Copeland, The Obamas, Muhammad Ali, and more take center stage in this video dedicated to disruptor making good trouble.
“Nelson Mandela would have been 100 today. But the legacy of Good Trouble goes back even further. Shout out to all my rebel rousers for justice, all the kids who have been labeled and misunderstood. Your life is Good Trouble. Make Good Trouble.” – Jessica Lá Rel
JESSICA LÁ REL is a recording artist, songwriter, and storyteller from Chicago by way of the Bay Area. Her “cinematic soul” sound likens her music to an orchestra traveling from the south side of Chicago to Ghana. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Lá Rel’s newest video, “Good Trouble,” pays a playfully upbeat and brassy sound homage to iconic public figures such as Nelson Mandela, Barack & Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and Bessie Coleman to name a few. Each is portrayed in the video as youth are transformed into these legends and heroes. Their representation cements how strongly each icon serves as a role model of how to disrupt the landscapes of their respective fields.
Lá Rel’s music video captures the essence of #blackgirlmagic and #blackboyjoy, showing how the contributions of others continue paving the way for younger generations to embrace living fuller lives. The visual is in complete alignment with Lá Rel’s belief forging a community of radical love to challenge today’s status quo and injustice.
Next month, Lá Rel will be going on tour to promote the debut album, in an intimate concert series entitled The Sit In. With stops in Oakland, Chicago, New York, and more, tickets are available via her website: www.jessicalarel.com.
Lá Rel’s current EP, f(lux), is about love, and all that love illuminates. When listeners take it in, I hope they feel the power and promise that such illumination brings, but also the tension and provocation of love too.
f(lux) is the first of three music releases for Jessica Lá Rel this year that together comprise her debut album War Love. f(lux), or Function of Light, poetically explores how the journey of moving through dark places illuminates how we love ourselves and those around us. The three tracks of the EP read as three love letters; one to a potential lover, one to society, and one to oneself. Ranging in sound from gospel choirs atop funky grooves to indie-soul ballads, each song beckons in its own way for a better, more honest love. Together, f(lux) becomes a series of songs about desire, freedom and hope.
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