Today, Devon Gilfillian released the lyric video for his new top 15 AAA radio hit, “The Good Life.” The collage-style clip incorporates images that Gilfillian captured in Nashville during the BLM protests earlier this summer and opens with a powerful message that contextualizes it within the message of the song: “The fight for love, and the battle against social injustice starts with understanding the struggles of people who don’t look like you. We will only find peace when we replace fear with love for all humans.” View the lyric video, directed by Jonah Best and Rahul Sharma, and watch Gilfillian’s “The Good Life” mission statement.
“I wanted to write a song about how beautiful it is that someone has a different belief system, different skin color, or comes from a different country,” says Devon Gilfillian. “This country is made up of people who came from many different countries. That’s what makes this country so beautiful. Only when we embrace each other’s differences with love, while ACTUALLY acknowledging each other’s past, will we find understanding and change.”
“The Good Life,” a rallying cry for inclusion, is from Gilfillian’s debut album, Black Hole Rainbow
, which was released by Capitol Records earlier this year. Streams of “The Good Life” skyrocketed after Gilfillian performed the song on “CBS This Morning Saturday.”
He also performed the song during his recent KCRW In Residence
and World Cafe
sessions. Gilfillian performed the national anthem
at NASCAR 2020 on the day they banned the Confederate flag.
American Songwriter hailed “The Good Life” as “[a] soul-soothing ode to finding peace and beauty in life.” The Tennessean hailed Black Hole Rainbow as “one of the best albums released this year, period.” The album also won a spot on Iowa Public Radio’s list of “The Best New Albums (So Far) Of 2020.” The New York Times said, “Devon Gilfillian, a soul songwriter based in Nashville, made his formidable debut album, ‘Black Hole Rainbow,’ with Shawn Everett…warping vintage sounds toward something deep and strange.”
Gilfillian released his debut EP in 2016. The single “Troublemaker” was heard during 2018 NFL Draft programming and advertising. He has played numerous festivals, including Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz. In addition to opening for Grace Potter, he has supported such artists as Mavis Staples, Local Natives, Lauren Daigle, KALEO, Michael McDonald, Chaka Kahn, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Brothers Osborne and Michael Franti & Spearhead.