Released 11th December 2020 via Heavenly Recordings
Having recently marked her long-awaited return with a stunning version of Trouble of The World Sinéad O'Connor is pleased to announce that the track- a traditional song made famous by exalted gospel singer Mahalia Jackson – will now be available as a limited 7” single b/w a Cappella version through Heavenly Recordings on December 11th 2020.
Premiered on Dazed.com on release, the tracks accompanying video sees Don Letts – musician, DJ, band manager, video director and stalwart campaigner of society’s failures – join forces with Sinéad to create a thought-provoking and evocative visual partner for the track. Filmed in South London - the street scenes were shot on Peckham Rye and coupled with the unique backdrop of Peckham’s Grade-Two listed Asylum chapel in all its distressed beauty - the black and white imagery of Sinéad interspersed with the real time stills of demonstrations provide an incredibly emotive ally to the song.
Released digitally last month it follows somewhat belatedly the-ever-more pertinent Trouble Soon Be Over – her contribution to 2015’s Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson compilation and once more exudes the heart and soul of this extraordinary performer.
Sympathetic to its origins, the heartfelt, evocative tones propel this impassioned rendition to the present its poignancy highlighted by a remarkable artist who leaves her own indelible mark on this topical realisation whilst realigning with a positive viewpoint.
In her own words, she explains; “for me the song isn’t about death or dying. More akin, a message of certainty that the human race is on a journey toward making this world paradise and that we will get there.”
The inspirational lyrical narrative that underpins Trouble Of The World unfortunately bears more relevance than ever today in the context of the death of George Floyd and the highlighting of the persistent racist undercurrents that trouble mixed societies across the globe.