Jake Miller declared that he’s in a positive mind-set with his new album Silver Linings, and in his latest video for the LP’s closer “Be Alright,” he’s bringing that joy to kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter released the touching video on Tuesday (May 1), in which he visits with some adorable patients. In addition to singing “Be Alright,” Miller spends time making posters, dancing and signing autographs for the kids — and subsequently stealing the hearts of everyone who watches.
“As a sick hospital patient, things can get very dark. Sometimes just one simple song can lighten their whole day,” Miller says. “Any time I can bring positivity in to the world through my music it feels absolutely amazing.”
Miller’s idea for turning a hospital visit into a video sparked from a personal connection, as his dad works in medicine and the singer has had multiple family members die from cancer. While the patients at CHLA were the subjects for his “Be Alright” video, Miller wrote the song for “anyone who feels stuck in life.”
“I wrote it at a time in my life where I actually needed it just as much as anyone else listening to it,” Miller explains. “Just like everyone, I go through a lot of ups and a lot of downs. A lot of people might let that drive them crazy, but if you take a step back and take a breath, you realize how easy it is to turn everything around and be happy … You can always turn your attitude around and make the best out of any situation.”
He points out one patient in particular, a little girl named Addy, who really embodied what Miller wanted to achieve with the song: “Regardless of her sickness, she was smiling and dancing the entire time.” He adds, “Addy made me smile for three hours straight.”
Addy and all of the other patients Miller visited bring the uplifting message of the airy song to life, and the video will bring a smile to anyone’s face. But for Miller, the “Be Alright” video is a memory he’ll cherish forever.
“It was one of the most special days of my life,” he says, “and hopefully it was just as special for all the beautiful kids I was lucky enough to meet.”
Watch the touching “Be Alright” video below.