The song also introduces gospel group Korean Soul, and will appear on singer’s first solo album in six years.
In advance of releasing his first solo album in six years, gospel/R&B icon BeBe Winans is offering a fitting antidote to help navigate these troubling times. “Laughter: Just Like a Medicine,” Winans’ latest single, finds the six-time Grammy Award winner teaming up with the newly formed gospel quartet Korean Soul. Filmed in Seoul, Korea, the video for the uplifting, culture-bridging anthem dropped on Oct. 29.
Written by Winans, “Laughter” will be one of the featured tracks on the singer’s album due later this year from Malaco Records. He was inspired to write the song after locking himself out of the house one day. While waiting in the garage for the locksmith, Winans explains to Billboard that “instead of becoming angry, I chose laughter which made my situation easier to endure. There is a scripture [Proverbs 17:22] that says ‘a merry heart does good like a medicine.’ One definition for merry in the dictionary is ‘laughingly happy.’ So the truth about laughter is that it’s a medicine that comes free to all of us.”
The single and video also double as Winans’ worldwide introduction to Korean Soul, whom he has signed to a production deal. The Seoul, Korea-based male quartet wasn’t a formal group when Winans first met them. They were just four friends who got together to record themselves singing gospel songs. Winans’ friend and fellow gospel star Donald Lawrence sent along a clip of the group singing from one of the members’ Instagram pages, which was also getting co-signs from Missy Elliott and other artists.