Q Parker's The Bridge Project – an audio and visual body of work that aims to bridge the gaps between brotherhood, gospel and mainstream music – transitioned from vision to reality earlier this year with the official release of the first single, "Made For." The smooth track, which features Avery Wilson, Eric Dawkins and Deitrick Haddon, served as a great introduction to the forthcoming album and has enjoyed steady rotation on the airwaves since its debut. Now Q is back with another leak entitled "I Need You."
Weighing in at 44 singers deep, it's not a stretch to say that this collaboration is pretty major. Both mainstream and gospel are well represented with the likes of PJ Morton, Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn, MAJOR., Tank, Ginuwine, Ruben Studdard, Jonathan McReynolds, Travis Greene, Mali Music, John P. Kee, Darwin Hobbs, Brian Courtney Wilson and a gaggle of talented Black men from various generations. This formidable group of sangin' brothas are all about supporting each other and uplifting the community. With conviction, they sing, "I need you! It's time we put our pride on the shelf / I need you! Don't let me fight this fight by myself / Realizing we're all brothers and united we can't lose / I need you! I need you! I need you!"
'90s R&B lovers will undoubtedly recall a similar "one-and-done" ensemble called B.M.U. (Black Men United) and their powerful song "U Will Know." But seeing as how that was almost 30 years ago, and given the current state of our country, Q's timing couldn't be more perfect. He says, "This is a time when men need each other more than ever. The answer is not a singular one, however a collective one. Part of the responsibility for men is to lead and take care of those connected to us. Before we can heal the land, we must heal the man. I’m not afraid to say to my brother I NEED YOU because God knows I do more now than ever before!"