Seattle, WA (June 4, 2021)
Each June music fans around the world come together to celebrate the indelible influence that Black musicians have made on culture with Black Music Month. To mark the month, Amazon Music has worked to put together a brand-new slate of content that honors the legacy of the Black artists whose music soundtracks our lives and defines our culture.
Throughout the month of June Amazon Music has invited some of the most exciting Black artists across a wide spectrum of genres to record a new collection of brand-new Amazon Originals songs. Debuting Fridays in June, the series kicks off today with a brand-new cover of “Falling in Love with Jesus” from two-time GRAMMY-nominated Gospel music artist Koryn Hawthorne. A soulful take on Jonathan Butler’s Gospel classic, the song can be heard exclusively on Amazon Music on the Gospel Now Playlist.
“This song is so special to me because it’s what I live for. Regardless of life’s circumstances the love and comfort of Jesus has pulled me through,” said Koryn Hawthorne. “Releasing this song during Black Music Month is also important to me because Gospel music is the foundation of Black American music, and the message is a reminder of healing and strength.”
Amazon Music’s music experts have also worked to curate Made in the…, a new collection of playlists celebrating a different American region and its influence on hip-hop, R&B, and beyond. Debuting weekly throughout Black Music Month, fans can listen to the first two playlists in the series—Made in the East and Made in the West—now to hear the Black music that has defined the sound of the East Coast and West Coast. Additional Made in the South and Made in the Midwest playlists will roll out through the month, spotlighting the best in Southern and Midwest hip-hop and R&B. Customers can also tune in to Amazon Music’s Black Music Month station, which features a hand-curated selection of contemporary and classic contributors across genres, by asking “Alexa, play the Black Music Month station.”