Keedron Bryant, the 12-year-old son of the late George Floyd who was died as a police officer pressed a knee on his neck, has released a new single "I Just Wanna Live." The song has gone viral with Barack Obama, LeBron James, Janet Jackson, Lupita Nyong'o and more acknowledging its impact and importance on social media. As a result, Bryant has been signed by Warner Brothers Record.
Keedron Bryant's powerful video, posted on May 26, features the lyrics "I'm a young black man doing all that I can" from the song "I Just Wanna Live," written by his mother. Friday's release of the track coincides with Juneteenth, the holiday to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the U.S.
"It's very exciting because this is what God's called me to do," Keedron Bryant said in an interview with The Associated Press this week, adding that "it's just been an exciting experience to work with my mom."
Bryant's mother, Johnnetta Bryant, wrote the song while she was watching the video of George Floyd dying as a police officer pressed a knee on his neck. She writes, "it really hit my heart just so deeply because I am a mom to a black son. I have a black husband. I have black brothers, uncles, cousins, friends."
So she said a prayer and asked God to send her a sign. "I needed his wisdom. I went into prayer. He gave me those words so clearly," Johnnetta said of writing the 'I Just Wanna Live' lyrics.
"'I shared it with Keedron ... and I told him,' ..."I want you to take these words and I want you to pray over them. Meditate on them. Whenever you're done with them, come out and we'll record it." He did just that."