The multi-talented Australian actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter Keiynan Lonsdale is best known for his acting roles in CW’s “The Flash” and as a lead character in the light-hearted, coming out rom-com “Love, Simon.” With his acting career, stealing the limelight, fewer people are aware the breakthrough movie star has been somewhat discretely releasing music also. Although, Keiynan never planned on pursuing music in the beginning. Some cover songs he uploaded on YouTube received a good reaction and encouraged the youngster to reconsider music as an additional, creative outlet. The main heat has been on the acting roles, for sure, but the multi-talented star is ready to get back into the music world with his new single “Preach.”
Since taking the world by storm in the movie “Love, Simon” Lonsdale has said, the role of Bram Greenfeld helped him to come to terms with his own sexuality. In turn, with his social presence on a high, the actor/singer actively speaks out his support for the LGBT community. And it is this which forms much of the premise of Keiynan’s latest song. The smooth R&B electronic, flavoured track pulses with a sublime, melodic pride. His voice is undeniably sexy. In the music video, the burgeoning singer is seen showcasing another of his strengths…, dance. The striking routine follows Keiynan on a journey from dancing provocatively in a dimly lit bar to grinding his moves in a flower-filled field, in a way which is more transcendentally leaning. As though, practising a spiritual discipline.
He told The Fader about the song; “I wrote “Preach” over a year ago.. but I didn’t know what it actually meant, or its significance to my life, until several months later. Both the song and the video have become like my mirrors, so everything good & bad that comes with one’s own reflection has, of course, presented itself through this project haha.
I want everyone to have their own interpretation of it for them, but for me it’s about fucking with your own soul, agreeing to be on the ride together no matter what, and discovering/remembering that magic is real if you believe it so.”
My overriding opinion about the song is its classic pop and RnB is at its prime. The pure vocals of Keiynan Lonsdale giving the track a soulful and heartfelt edge. It is a sumptuous, emotive taste and precursor to the debut album, which brings late summer vibes in spades.
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