With a sound and message that straddles the fence of gospel and secular worlds, Sir the Baptist has never been afraid to stir the pot. His 2017 debut Saint or Sinner was praised by critics and fans alike. And despite the PR hiccup surrounding his breakup with Brandy, he’s managed to build on the momentum of his rising visibility. He’s started the year strong with high-profile appearances like the recent 2018 Trumpet Awards and a supporting stint touring overseas with August Alsina. But his new video for “Deliver Me” might be his most powerful performance yet.
Technically, we never see the Hip Hop Chaplain (or featured singer Brandy, for that matter) during the eight-minute film, but their voices play a prominent role in the Michael Garcia-directed visuals. The narrative (or “parable,” as Sir describes it) centers around a hypocritical preacher in the midst of delivering a sermon based on an oft-misconstrued interpretation of Ephesians 5:22-24. Although we already knew that the song was inspired by the unfortunate true story of his sister’s domestic abuse, it doesn’t make it any easier to see it played out on screen. But just because it’s uncomfortable doesn’t mean that it’s not worthwhile. We applaud the artist for shining a light on this epidemic and encourage others to do the same.
Watch the visuals for “Deliver Me” right here, and stay tuned for another film for his current single “God is on Her Way.” Both songs are featured on Saint or Sinner, available for streaming or purchase via all digital outlets. Sir the Baptist is gearing up for his Prophet vs Profit World Mission Tour so be sure to visit his website or follow him on social media for updates.