Miguel is putting his emotions into his music.
The 30-year-old is one of the many celebrities struggling to process the two police shootings that claimed the lives of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile earlier this week, and is using his craft to spark a conversation.
Early Friday morning, the songsmith released a chilling rough cut of a track titled How Many, in response to police brutality and the black lives that have been taken by authorities.
The singer shared the #BlackLivesMatter anthem on Soundcloud, writing in the description:
“This version was started (written/recorded) here in London in my hotel room between the hours of 4am and around 7am when i passed out. ill update this song every week until its complete. Please feel free to share. #blacklivesmatter”
The haunting song contains particularly poignant lyrics like:
“I’m tired of watching those murderers get off/While we bury the lost and loved and innocent.”
He even sings in the powerful chorus:
“How many black lives, how many black lives/How many heartbeats turned into flatlines.”
You can listen to the emotional ballad (below):
Our hearts are heavy this week, and our thoughts are with everyone affected by the devastating deaths.
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