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Positive Vibes Only: Jackie's Boy's Powerful Performance Of "End" Remembers The Lives Of Breonna Taylor & Tamir Rice
With "End," singer/songwriter Jackie's Boy tells the stories of Breonna Taylor and Tamir Rice — while calling for an end to police violence against the Black community as a whole.
GRAMMY-winning songwriter and producer Carlos Battey, who has worked with the likes of Madonna, Flo Rida and Justin Bieber, is reintroducing himself as an artist in his own right in 2022. Performing under the moniker Jackie's Boy — named after his late mother, Jackie Battey — he uses his artist project to explore his genre-spanning musical style and further his already well-established knack for sharp lyricism.
This episode of Positive Vibes only spotlights Jackie's Boy's gripping "End," a song that calls out for racial justice and a stop to police violence against Black people. Specifically, the song tells the stories of Tamir Rice and Breonna Taylor, two of the many young Black people who have lost their lives at the hands of police officers over the past decade.
Throughout "End," Jackie's Boy tells Taylor and Rice's stories and recounts the last moments of their lives in sobering, specific detail. "Beautiful smile, he was kissed by the sun/ Innocent heart, never hurt anyone/ Happened so fast he couldn't even run/ Why was he taken so young?" he sings of Rice, who was just 12 years old when he was gunned down by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio in 2014.
To underscore the song's message, the singer holds up black-and-white portraits of Rice and Taylor as he sings, his face filled with pain and emotion — keeping the sobering and powerful subject matter at the front and center of his performance.
Despite the song's heartbreaking inspiration, Jackie's Boy also uses "End" as a call for change. "What could have been/ What should have been/ More than a trend/ It's got to end," he sings on the chorus. That sentiment is echoed on the song's climactic bridge: "Enough is enough now/ The system corrupt now/ Enough is enough now/ No innocent gundown."
Watch the video above to hear the song's gripping message in full, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: DOE Finds Growth In Her Pain In This Acoustic Performance Of "Hey You"
Christian singer DOE performs a stripped-down version of the track, offering the pearls of wisdom she's learned from her past relationships.
Falling out of love can be an agonizing feeling. But as Christian singer DOE explores through her introspection in "Hey You," there's growth found within that experience.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, DOE performs the extended version of the track, offering the pearls of wisdom she's learned from her past relationships: "Don't lose the ones you love/ Don't lose them to poor communication/ Stop blaming it on your personality/ Grow up and show up and learn communication," she sings in the song's outro.
This stripped-down performance of "Hey You" features only DOE's soft vocals and guitar playing. Because of its simplistic nature, the lyrics are able to shine through, emphasizing DOE's message.
"Hey You" is a B-side from DOE's latest album, Clarity. DOE is a devout Christian and grew up performing at her church in Louisiana prior to joining the twice GRAMMY-nominated gospel group Forever Jones. As DOE said on her website, she now uses her solo music as a space to share what God has taught her without being overtly religious.
Press play on the video above to watch DOE's acoustic performance of "Hey You," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Pastor Mike Jr. Praises God From The Rooftops In This Effervescent Performance Of "Winning"
Accompanied by a captivating musical ensemble, Rock City Church's Pastor Mike Jr. celebrates a season of blessings in this live performance of "Winning."
Since stepping into the gospel scene in 2019, Pastor Mike Jr. has made quite the impression.
The Birmingham-born spiritual leader skyrocketed to fame after the release of his debut album, Live Free, which captivated the world with his infectious, high-spirited joy for God. Today, Pastor Mike Jr. is "Winning" back-to-back, recently becoming an 11x Stellar Award champion and uplifting one of the fastest-growing ministries in the south, Rock City Church.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Pastor Mike Jr. performs the title track from his latest EP, Winning. With the accompaniment of an ensemble, he celebrates a season of blessings thanks to God's work: "Never had a problem that He couldn't solve/ Mountain that He couldn't move/ So I know I cannot lose."
The performance overflows with praise and gratitude as he belts from a rooftop, pumping up the crowd with his dance moves.
Winning is the follow-up EP to Pastor Mike Jr.'s successful second album, I Got It: Single's Ministry, Vol. 1. The album helped the hip-hop gospel leader snag six Stellar Awards in 2022, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.
Press play on the video above to watch Pastor Mike Jr.'s rapturous performance of "Winning," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Housefires Illustrate The Power Of Jesus' Love With "Lean On The Lord"
Atlanta-based worship group Housefires come together for an impassioned performance of "Lean on the Lord," a track from their recently released album, 'How To Start A Housefire.'
For worship collective Housefires, trusting in Christ is the answer to life's struggles. That's exactly the message of their new song "Lean on the Lord."
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Housefires deliver an inspirational performance of the track, complete with live instrumentation and a backing choir. At the helm is vocalist Ryan Ellis, with the entire 12-piece group providing powerful harmonies on the chorus.
"Some things don't make sense/ But one thing's for sure/ When I lean on You, Lord/ Lean on You, Lord/ Somehow Your love gives me the strength to go on," they sing.
"Lean on the Lord" is a cut from Housefires' new album, How To Start A Housefire, which the group released in January. It's Housefires' first studio album since 2017, but the collective has released three live albums in between.
The group put together How To Start A Housefire to remind listeners that their mission hasn't changed since their 2014 formation — despite the fact they have experienced commercial success. According to a press release, "The songs were meant to be a resource for the church in thought and creed rather than elements to tack onto a Sunday setlist."
Press play on the video above to watch Housefires' full performance, and check back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Jeff Mojica & Lowsan Melgar Invite Listeners To Experience God's Impact With "Lo Volverás A Hacer"
Performing "Lo Volverás a Hacer" with just an acoustic guitar, Jeff Mojica and Lowsan Melgar hope to bring listeners the peace and assurance God has brought them.
With "Lo Volverás a Hacer," Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Jeff Mojica chronicles the story of Moses and Jesus as he encourages listeners to believe that God continues to work His magic in the current generation.
"By singing it and listening to it, I hope everyone can trust that God is a faithful, just and measured Father; and thus, He will never put us in an uncomfortable place to embarrass us, but to increase our faith and open our eyes to His proximity, His power, and the scope of His supernatural ability," Mojica explained in a press release.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Mojica performs a stripped-down version of the track accompanied only by the guitar of his collaborator, Guatemalan musician Lowsan Melgar. The simplistic arrangement allows the song's lyrics and vocalization to take the stage.
At the song's climax, Mojica and Meglar belt in unison, emphasizing how God's divine power has positively manifested in their lives and allowed them to embody a spirit of strength and hope. It's a cathartic moment for the two singers, and they slowly grow calmer as the song ends.
"Personally, I love the sublime moments [described in this song]. They make me feel vulnerable and ready to surrender completely," Mojica adds. "I feel that my struggles and burdens are gone, and I receive assurance that everything will be fine through God. I hope that by sharing this song, others can feel the same."
Press play on the video above to watch Jeff Mojica & Lowsan Meglar's uplifting performance of "Lo Volverás a Hacer," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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