American Idol season 5 alum Mandisa released the new music video for her single “Bleed the Same” on Friday (Jan 12) just ahead of the Martin Luther King holiday.
“What happened during the week of Independence Day in 2016. On Tuesday, there was a shooting of a black man by police. On Wednesday, there was another shooting of a black man by police. And on Thursday, there was a shooting of police by a black man in Dallas. And I remember that week so vividly. There was so much division and hate, and it broke my heart. That week really inspired this song, about how we are more beautiful when we come together, and the power of unity. And that’s why the song coming out before Martin Luther King Day is so important. It reminds us of this dream and what is actually possible if we come together.”
Mandisa went on to say, “More than I want the song to be a hit, I really would love for it to be a movement. My prayer is that it makes people think, especially before they speak. And if it’s just a song that people enjoy, that’s not good enough. I really, really hope it causes people to pause a little before responding and before judging people. That they’ll think this person is coming from a different perspective than I am, so let me treat them with the respect I would want to be treated with.”
On this Martin Luther King day, Watch Mandisa, TobyMac and Kirk Franklin declare that we all “Bleed the Same.”