Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray'

Michelangelo Di Battista
Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys has released a new song, “We Gotta Pray”, in the wake of protests in New York City and Ferguson, MO. Just hours after its release, the song bolted to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140.

In the reflective ballad, the singer-songwriter pleads for the world to maintain faith to combat feelings of hopelessness and confusion that are sweeping the world. Keys’ signature instrument, the piano, anchors the gospel-tinged track as she delivers the call to action, “Pray for the world tonight / We gotta save, somebody save somebody tonight.”

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The song’s video mixes a series of images including individuals in prayer, the recent protests in Ferguson and quotes from iconic civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Toward the end, a child holding a sign reading “My Life Matters”, a possible nod to the singer’s own children. Keys has a son, Egypt, with producer Swizz Beats, and the pair is expecting their second child in a few weeks.

“We Gotta Pray” marks Keys’ second socially conscious anthem in recent months. In September, the R&B songstress released “We Are Here” in conjunction with her We Are Here Movement for social justice.