Truth To Power Project Press



Black Pumas, Leon Bridges, and more have contributed to a new compilation, Truth to Power, which will benefit the Texas-based initiative, the Truth to Power Project. The compilation is set to arrive on Record Store Day, June 12th.

The compilation was curated by Eastwood Music Group, and accompanying the announcement is the vocal quartet the Sha La Das’ charmingly woozy cover of Darondo’s early-Seventies underground favorite, “Didn’t I.”



All proceeds from Truth to Power will benefit four nonprofits that help underrepresented and underserved communities in Texas: the Music Forward Foundation, For Oak Cliff, Joppy Momma’s Farm, and Young Leaders, Strong City.

The Truth to Power tracklist will also feature Bridges’ previously released collaboration with Keite Young, “Like a Ship,” which is a rework of the 1971 song by Pastor T.L. Barrett. Other contributors include Elliott Skinner, Holy Hive, Bastards of Soul, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Sarah Jaffe and Sam Lao, and Badbadnotgood, who remixed the Black Pumas’ “Black Moon Rising.”

Truth to Power will be released as a special triple-LP vinyl set, which was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Dallas Mavericks and FirstCom Music. Participating stores can be found on the Record Store Day website.

Truth to Power Tracklist

Side One
A1. Leon Bridges & Keite Young – “Like a Ship”
A2. Elliott Skinner – “What Does It Mean”
A3. S1 feat. Dereck Scott – “Bishop”
A4. Sgt Ira Carter
A5. Paul & The Tall Trees + Adrian Quesada – “Don’t Stay Silent”

Side Two
B1. Black Pumas – “Black Moon Rising” (Badbadnotgood Remix)
B2. N’Dambi – “Space” (NCS Remix)
B3. Holy Hive – “Kingdom of the Sun”
B4. Sha La Das – “Didn’t I”

Side Three
C1. Ghost Funk Orchestra – “Your Man’s No Good”
C2. Bastards Of Soul – “Look Me in the Eye”
C3. Flower Child – “Truth to Power”
C4. Free Blck featuring the Dallas String Quartet – “Ventilation”

Side Four
D1. Max Gerl – “Restoration”
D2. Cure For Paranoia – “Peace and Light”
D3. Ghost-Note – “Spunky”

Side Five
E1. JT Donaldson & Penelope Antena – “Colorblind”
E2. Zaftiggg! – “Sultans of Decay”
E3. Leon Bridges & Keite Young – “Like a Ship” (Niles City Dub)

Side Six
F1. Abraham Alexander – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
F2. Sarah Jaffe & Sam Lao – “Domino”
F3. Keite Young – “Is It Because I’m Black”


Leon Bridges & Keite Young – “Like A Ship”
RIYL: All things beautiful.
What Else You Should Know: It’s always a good time when two strong musical entities from Fort Worth link up.

Grammy Award-winning artist and songwriter Leon Bridges teams up with talented vocalist Keite Young for a sexy and soulful cover of Pastor T.L. Bennett’s gospel song “Like A Ship”, originally recorded in 1971. Fans may be familiar with the record, as the original recording of “Like A Ship” was sampled by Kanye West in his 2016 album The Life of Pablo.

The song is part of Bridges’ forthcoming charity album, Truth to Power, a Texas-based initiative that will work with local non-profits and raise funding to highlight independent Black-owned businesses in the DFW area. In addition to this,  Dallas-based Eastwood Music Group has joined forces with the Dallas Mavericks and FirstCom Music (UMPG) to curate the “Soundtrack for Empowerment” featuring various artists across genres in order to raise funds and awareness for the Truth To Power Project. The Triple LP featuring Bridges’ and Young’s “Like A Ship” will release on Record Store Day this June.

Now, of course, Leon Bridges is no stranger to sprucing up covers with his own soulful touch. (We can all agree that his cover of Ginuwine’s Pony is pretty iconic at this point, right?) Despite this being a gospel track, it’s still very sexy, rich and ultimately, extremely Fort Worth.

There’s a lot of recognizable DFW talent involved in this recording. In addition to Bridges’ and Young’s vocals, the bass you hear is courtesy of Bastards of Soul’s bassist and songwriter Daniel Balis. Oh, and that perfectly simple contour line style portrait of Bridges on the cover was done by Dallas’ very own Jeremy Biggers.

Yeah, there’s a lot of talent we can trace right back to our own metroplex making this song really feel like less of a cover and more like a piece of home.


American soul and R&B singer Leon Bridges recently teamed up with singer-songwriter Keite Young for a spirited cover of Pastor T.L. Barret’s “Like A Ship.” The track first debuted on TikTok as part of TikTok’s Black History Month.



Although the new cover is as heady and adorned as the original version, Bridge and Young’s adds an extra minute to the duration, adding an energetic modulation on top of more breathing room. Bridge’s silky smooth vocal melody is on top of Young’s anchored backing here, certainly encapsulating the soul of the original, as Barret once did with his perennial chorus. In shorthand, it is a real homage.

Leon, a Fort Worth native, recorded this track as part of the Truth To Power Project, a Texas based non-profit and creative endeavor. They work alongside local non-profits the to help raise awareness and money in the interest of highlighting independent Black-owned businesses. “Like A Ship” was originally recorded in 1971 and has been referenced and sampled in many hip and R&B releases over the years, including Kanye West’s Life of Pablo.



For more on Leon Bridges, check a track highlighted off of The Avalanches newest record “Interstellar Love,” which features Bridge’s vocal talent.


Texas has been in the news for a lot of not-so-great reasons in the past week. But we shouldn't forget that the Lone Star State is home to many musical talents. In fact, some of those talents are coming together for the upcoming The Truth To Power Project compilation Soundtrack To Empowerment to bring awareness to community involvement and help nurture the next generation of musicians to come. Kicking off the promotional push for the project is none other than Fort Worth's own Leon Bridges and Keite Young with their song "Like A Ship."
"Like A Ship" is a cover of the 1971 Pastor T. L. Barrett song of the same name, and Leon and Keite's version brings the same gospel-meets-soul sensibilities into the mix. The song offers a typical call-and-response style, with a choir echoing Leon and Keite's phrases with solid backing harmonies as they sing of being able to make it through a storm. Regardless of your religious persuasion, the tight musical arrangement of organ, bass and drums along with the soulful vocals is enough to make anyone want to give a praise shout.
The Soundtrack To Empowerment compilation will feature several other Texas artists, including N'Dambi and Black Pumas, as well as others and will be in stores on Record Store Day (June 12th) as a 3-LP vinyl release. A percentage of the proceeds from the sales will go toward the Music Forward Foundation in support of young musicians and "championing a more inclusive music industry." Eastwood Music Group, the label releasing the project, has also partnered with the Dallas Mavericks and FirstCom Music UPMG to help aid local communities. You can find out more information about the project via its website and also donate to the cause here.
Allow Leon Bridges and Keite Young to take you to church when you listen to "Like A Ship".


Something special will happen June 12, which is Record Store Day. The guys behind the local record label Eastwood Music Group — that’s Skin Wade from Mavericks broadcasts and The Eagle’s Ben and Skin Show, and Luke Sardello from Josey Records — will drop a full-length triple LP as part of their Truth To Power Project. It’s a righteous cause, and you should read more about it here as you listen to this advance track.


Leon Bridges teamed up with fellow Texas-based musician Keite Young to cover Pastor T.L. Barrett’s “Like A Ship.” The track was released today ahead of its inclusion on Truth To Power Project’s Soundtrack To Empowerment which is due on Record Store Day 2021.
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir released the original “Like A Ship (Without A Sail)” as the title track on their 1971 album. Kanye West sampled the gospel classic on The Life Of Pablo.


Fans caught a bit of a new Leon Bridges on TikTok this month, as he and Keite Young debuted a cover of “Like A Ship” on the platform as part of its Black History Month program. Now, the pair have debuted the full track, and given that Bridges already has a soulful throwback sound, this cover works out fantastically. The track was originally recorded by Pastor T.L. Barrett in 1971, but Kanye West fans might recognize the tune as being sampled on The Life Of Pablo.

Bridges recorded the song as part of the Truth To Power Project, which is described on its website, “Dallas-based Eastwood Music Group has joined forces with the Dallas Mavericks and FirstCom Music UMPG to curate a ‘Soundtrack For Empowerment.’ The Truth To Power Project is a creative endeavor working to engage people with inspiring new music and multimedia content to encourage community involvement. Let’s bring truth to the light so that we can heal, grow, and prosper together. […] A percentage of the revenue generated from this project will support the next generation of emerging musicians through the Music Forward Foundation. This national nonprofit organization is dedicated to transforming young lives, inspiring careers, and championing a more inclusive music industry. ”

Young wrote on Instagram, “Thank you brother @skinwade and the @dallasmavs @mcuban and the @nba for making social justice a mission for your organizations. A VERY special thank you goes to my brother @leonbridgesofficial who answered the call with me along with the amazingly talented artist and musicians who gave of their talent and time to make this happen.”


Austin’s Soul/R&B phenom Leon Bridges is no stranger to the site, and we imagine he’s becoming a household name just about anywhere these days. His first release of 2021 is a soulful masterpiece that features Keite Young, a neo-soul singer out of Fort Worth,. The song, titled “Like A Ship,” comes out as part of the Truth to Power Project, “a creative endeavor working to engage people with inspiring new music and multimedia content to encourage community involvement.”

A percentage of the revenue generated from this project will support the next generation of emerging musicians through the Music Forward Foundation. 

“Like A Ship” sees the pair going back to their gospel roots. An inspiring gospel choir, led by Keite, provides the backbone of the song while Leon beautifully adds his silky-smooth vocals throughout. A stimulating organ solo caps everything off good enough to make any Sunday service proud.

We could all use some positivity and inspiration during these crazy times so we hope this song brightens your day even just a little bit. On top of that, supporting a great cause like the Truth to Power Project is something we can all stand behind. Stream the new single and enjoy!


No Products in the Cart