Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has released his first new music since February with his latest single, “Rock & Roll”. Kingfish dedicated the song to his mother, Princess Latrell Pride Ingram, who passed away on December 4th, 2019, at the age of 49.
“Rock & Roll is a special song. It’s a track about my relationship with my biggest champion—my mom,” Kingfish wrote in the song’s video description on YouTube. He continued, “The true to life lyrics reflect my mom’s dedication to me. I would not be where I am today without her unwavering love and support. I want to thank [Ashley Ray] and Sean McConnell who originally crafted this song and made it possible for me to join & co-write.”
“Rock & Roll” arrives quite differently from the blues riffs and distorted guitar heard on his debut album, Kingfish. Instead, Ingram taps into his southern roots for a country-inspired dedication to his mother.
A softly-strummed acoustic guitar begins the tune as images of his mother flash across the screen. Lyrically, Ingram sings of the sacrifices his mother made throughout his life so he could pursue his passion to play music, or as he puts it in the song’s refrain, “So I could sell my soul to Rock & Roll.”
While his words dominate the slow-tempo song, Kingfish still finds plenty of time for a couple of finely placed solos. The energy builds as the song moves to the final chorus, as church-choir-like vocal harmonies help him carry the tune to its end.
Listen to Kingfish’s latest single, “Rock & Roll”, below.
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – “Rock & Roll”
[Video: Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram]
Ingram recently appeared at Justice Comes Alive, a one-day, virtual festival that harnessed the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. Presented by Live For Live Music, in partnership with Nugs.TV and PLUS1, the donation-based streaming event generated over $55,000 for the participating artists, who remain out of work as the pandemic continues, as well as a number of social justice-oriented causes via the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund.
Over the coming weeks, Live For Live Music and Justice Comes Alive will release each performance from the virtual festival individually, including Ingram’s set. Stay tuned to the Justice Comes Alive Facebook page for those releases and head to Ingram’s website for the latest information on his tour and music.