India.Arie is back.
The Grammy-Award-winning singer and songwriter just released her latest video entitled, “Steady Love.”
The track is a single slated to appear on her new album WORTHY, which released in February. Following the release of her 2017 SongVersation: Medicine – EP, the project is her eighth album and first full-length in five years.
David Banner appears in the Nandy McClean-directed video, and the duo’s powerful performance of love spotlight to the beauty, power, and positivity of romance.
“For this video, I wanted to depict black love, grown-up love, commitment,” Arie told Okayplayer. “A beautiful man and woman doing life together and loving each other through the inevitable ups and downs of life. I want this video it to be part of a cultural conversation about creating healthy images of love and relationships in the Black Community and in the world as a whole. Images that can strengthen people.”
On working with the seasoned rapper, Arie said, “David Banner, always has been radiant to me. I’d literally be in a room of celebrities and he would be one of a handful of people who Glowed. So, I asked him to be in my video, and the WAY he said yes speak volumes to that light. He had been telling me ‘I’m here if you ever need me’ and when I did need him, he showed up.”
She added, “he brought professionalism, and integrity, and a REGAL bearing to the set. I went in nervous that we’d be so close together all day… But David set the tone… He was a true joy to work with, way more than I ever could have imagined. And when he bent down and tied my shoe, I KNEW, he was my hero… Filming this video was just a TRULY inspiring day.”
Watch “Steady Love” below.
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