From our first taste of Joshua Luke Smith, we know he is much more than a fame-seeking lyricist. He is a poet and a student of philosophy, but more importantly, he is out to lift the desperate and downtrodden with his well-chosen words. On ‘Carry Me‘, the UK artist was encouraging whoever listened to not be ashamed of who they are, even their weaknesses and struggles. There’s still a place for you in this world, he told them, a place you can thrive and make a difference.
In his new recording, he is directly folks struggling with suicidal thoughts. ‘Becoming Human’ is more spoken word than rap and this medium seems to better convey the message. And the message here can be encapsulated in a phrase made popular by the late, great Michael Jackson; “You are not alone”. He is reaching out to all those who feel they have been tossed by the wayside in the rat-race for success and the almighty dollar. “I wrote Becoming Human to connect with the heart of our human story. In a driven culture based on success and stature, where is the space to become, to grow, to fall and then stand back up? In reality we connect at our most vulnerable. We all break sometimes. We all arrived here naked. We don’t talk about our weakness enough and that’s why I think so many of us feel lonely, isolated and disconnected.”
To touch as many people as he could with this powerful message of hope, Joshua teamed up with the charity Samaritans to release the song on September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day. Paul McDonald explained why he felt the song was timely: “At the heart of the track is what Samaritans is all about – simple human connection so that a person feels more understood and less isolated and alone.”
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