On the heels of scoring two nominations for the 2018 Soul Train Awards, Lalah Hathaway is sharing the video for her latest single, “honestly,” premiering exclusively with Billboard. The single doubles as the title track of the five-time Grammy winner’s eighth album, arriving Nov. 3.
“If you listen to ‘honestly’ the song,” Hathaway tells Billboard, “it tells you about the end of a dream. It’s a love song about love lost.”
Underscoring that message in the video are powerful images drawn from marches and protests over the last three years, opening with Ferguson and including Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick and the NFL and Charlottesville, Virginia. But perhaps most powerful are the separate images of children silently enacting their own protests.
“When people see the video, I want them to consider the same song, the same idea, as a commentary on this time we are living in,” adds Hathaway. “I’m talking about falling out of love with America. Although I still have hope in this country and I still want to dream, this video is meant to symbolize how this time has made so many of us wake up to the nightmare of this country. And how we all just want the nightmare to end.”
Watch Hathaway’s “honestly” video here:
Hathaway’s forthcoming honestly album is her first release through Hathaway Entertainment/Caroline Distribution. In support of the album, the singer/songwriter/producer will appear at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles (Nov. 7) and the Highline Ballroom in New York (Nov. 13). Then Hathaway will kick off her headlining tour in St. Louis (Jan. 16). The first leg will focus on the East Coast through the end of January with more dates announced soon.
Lalah Hathaway tour dates:
Jan. 16 – The Pageant – St. Louis, Missouri
Jan. 18 – House of Blues – Chicago, Illinois
Jan. 19 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, Indiana
Jan. 20 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, Kentucky
Jan. 21 – House of Blues – Cleveland, Ohio
Jan. 23 – The National – Richmond, Virginia
Jan. 25 – The Keswick – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan. 26 – The Warner Theatre – Washington, D.C.
Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 – Blue Note at Sea Cruise – Various Locations
Feb. 7 – City Winery – Nashville, Tennessee
Feb. 8 – Knight Theater – Charlotte, North Carolina
Feb. 9 – The Cone Denim Entertainment Center – Greensboro, North Carolina
Feb. 11 – Center Stage – Atlanta, Georgia