Teen R&B Singer Sonne Riley Calls for Suicide Intervention in ‘Want Love’ Video

Sonne Riley in "Want Love" music video.
Sonne Riley in "Want Love" music video.

Baltimore, MD native Sonne Riley may only be 19 years ago, but he’s already using his super powers for good. The rising soul singer and songwriter takes on the serious subject of suicide in his song and video “Want Love” that recently premiered on Singersroom.

On the jazzy, piano ballad produced by Brthday, El Toro and Brian Nightingale, Sonne sings about a commitment to a troubled girl, who lost her mother and attempted to take her own life. Though the characters’ relationship isn’t perfect, he consoles her, offering, “When you want love just know I’ll be there.”

Though somber, the song’s perspective is especially heartfelt when considering the number of people battling depression. The video closes noting that every year there are 800,000 suicide victims and listing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number.

Sonne has experienced his own hardships, ranging from homelessness to his mother’s struggles with being bi-polar and addicted to drugs.

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