Eman8 exhibits his barrier-breaking sound with his new song “Amen” and accompanying video, premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Nov. 15).
The artist — formerly known as Brandyn Burnette — fuses R&B, soul, hip-hop and funk on the track, boosting the upbeat bassline with horns and gospel-inspired flourishes.
“Amen” also sees the singer take a dreamy trip to church in an imaginative visual, mixing what seems to simultaneously be his funeral and resurrection. The video, which was filmed in Seattle, also features shots of Eman8 in different versions of heaven, as a beautiful gypsy-looking woman guides him through his journey. Filled with colorful stained glass windows, burning roses, red candles and a full choir, “Amen” embodies the singer’s authentic and spiritual approach towards music.
“Through the process of working on my first full album, I decided to change my artist name to my middle name ‘Emanate,’ which was a name passed down in my family to me from my Jamaican side,” Eman8 explains to Billboard. “The project is inspired by my time growing up in surrounded by hip hop and the church in St. Louis. I love live instruments like strings, pianos, horns, choir vocals. I wanted to create a sound the pays homage to my Jamaican roots as well as my Midwestern upbringing, [and that] symbolizes the departure from Brandyn Burnette and my rebirth as Eman8.”
Get a first look at Eman8’s video for “Amen” below.