From the 4Red Music EP My Season
(release date: January 4, 2019)
By Bob Marovich
For decades, gospel music has mined spiritual metaphors out of the latest technology. Bessie Griffin sang about Heaven’s radio, Charles Taylor about God’s television, and the Friendly Brothers called Jesus through the intersession of the telephone operator. And speaking of telephones, there’s the congregational favorite, “Jesus on the Main Line.”
The latest example is teen singer Jada Redmond’s single, “Selfie Song.”
To an unrelenting Jamaican beat and a hook-laden chorus with a percussive “Snap! Snap!” that just aches for a singalong, “Selfie Song” reveals the human vulnerability behind the ubiquitous selfie. It begs listeners not to worry over physical imperfections, because we are more than our photo.
Though aimed at the Christian young adult market, the song has a message that crosses genres.
A Greenville, South Carolina, resident and an alumna of the Stellar Award-winning youth choir Pure-N-Heart, Jada was a Stellar nominee in her own right for her 2016 solo debut EP, Brother. That same year, she was named Youth Artist of the Year at the Rhythm of Gospel Awards. And dear to my heart, she is a gifted track and field runner.