In 2012, the United Nations declared International Anti-Bullying Day, the official day as May 4 and is recognized by over 25 countries worldwide, such as the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
(May 4, 2015)
The release coincides with Anti-Bullying Day, and Locke wrote the tune as a call to those feeling bullied to recognize the king or queen within themselves. The accompanying video for “King” is centred around a boy (presumably portraying a young Locke) who struggles with bullies at school but soon finds his inner strength to stand up for himself. It is a touching visual that many people of various backgrounds can relate to. Among the midst of heavyweight pop stars, we occasionally stumble upon some pretty awesome musical gems from up-and-coming artists! The latest that we’ve discovered is singer Doug Locke, whose “King” video we are premièring today ~ May 5, 2015.
Locke shared his own thoughts about the visuals:
“We can all relate to feeling alienated at some point in our lives, and I believe that the challenges we face ultimately give us strength and character. This song is dear to me because while it is based on my story, it is a lot of people’s story. In essence, I wanted to create a music video that I could show to my younger self that would inspire him to continue to dream, even before he had vision to see beyond his immediate circumstances. Some of the things that caused me the most grief as a child have ultimately become my greatest gifts”.
Locke, a member of the LGBT community and an avid spokesperson for LGBT rights, previously released his “This Could Be Us” video that hit No. 32 on the iTunes Hot 100 chart. With comparisons to Prince and Frank Ocean, Locke dropped his debut EP “Blue Heart“ on April 7, with “King” being the first single.
Article By Bianca Gracie / May 4, 2015
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