Columbia Records recording artist, DeJ Loaf, releases uplifting new song “Liberated” featuring Grammy nominated label mate Leon Bridges. The title track from her forthcoming Columbia debut album finds DeJ confidently rapping over an uptempo beat, anchored by a hook from Leon Bridges, who sings in a higher register than audiences know him for. Listen to the song here.
Helmed by director Calmatic (who’s worked with Anderson Paak, Khalid, and others), “Liberated” showcases DeJ’s and Leon’s empowering chemistry as it movingly captures a variety of people bopping to the song’s themes of liberation and joy. Watch the video here. Fans will have no issue seeing the video as it will premiere on MTV Live, mtvU, BET Soul, BET Her and BET Jams beginning at 6am ET and will continuously be played throughout the day on all channels.
The song’s universal message makes it clear that DeJ is calling upon all her fans to celebrate with her: ‘If you feel free, you should lift your hands.’ The track was produced by Grammy nominated producer/songwriter Ricky Reed (Meghan Trainor, DJ Snake, Jason Derulo), and written with Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes, 5 Seconds Of Summer, One Direction).
DeJ has also launched a compelling content hub PeopleGetLiberated.com that embodies the song’s all-inclusive aesthetic and offers a playlist curated by DeJ and Leon, Sounds of Liberated People. The content hub features the definition of the word liberated in multiple languages and testimonial videos from people championing the theme, including cast members from the clip all answering the question: What Does the Word Liberated Mean To You? Fans will also be able to visit and contribute their own personal definitions. Check out the new site here.
DeJ is hopeful the song will reach across all boundaries: “It is such a powerful, life affirming song. Liberated is about freeing yourself from negativity, doubt or anything that shackles you. Its about feeling confidant, proud and alive. That moment when you aren’t looking over your shoulder or worrying about what others are thinking. When you realize you are LIVING. Kick off your heels, let your hair down, turn the volume up, break out into dance, be free to be you! I want people to hear the song and feel fearless. The message is simple – just do it!”
DeJ has served up previous tracks from her upcoming debut album including the feisty “Big Ole Boss” produced by Atlanta production icon Zaytoven, and the melodic confessional “No Fear,” produced by Christoph Andersson, which cracked the Top Ten of Billboard’s Rhythmic Song chart.