'We've had enough struggle': The 12-year-old whose poignant song is capturing hearts across the world

Photo: Instagram/Keedron Bryant
Photo: Instagram/Keedron Bryant 

Even if you haven't heard the name Keedron Bryant you've probably heard his viral song, "I just wanna live".

The 12-year-old gospel singer uploaded a video of the poignant song to Instagram on Wednesday, singing about being a black man in America. The moving video was posted days after George Floyd died in police custody and has since gone viral being shared worldwide by thousands of people, including celebrities.

"I'm a young black man / Doing all that I can / to stand," Bryant sings to the camera. "Oh but when I look around / and I see what's being done to my kind / every day, I'm being hunted as prey / My people don't want no trouble / We've had enough struggle /  I just want to live / God protect me / I just want to live / I just want to live."

Bryant, from Jacksonville, Florida captioned the emotional post: "just singing what's on my heart...hope this blesses someone" using the hashtags  #ijustwantolive and  #blacklivesmatter.

The song was written by his mother, Johnetta Bryant, who told Good Morning America that "It's impossible to ignore what we as black people are up against, daily".

Bryant appeared on Season 4 of Little Big Shots, a children's talent show produced by Ellen DeGeneres and hosted by Melissa McCarthy.

The video, which was initially shared with Bryant's Instagram followers, has now been shared on a number of social media platforms, with some famous names in awe of the talent and the message behind it.

Civil Rights organisation NAACP posted the video to their Twitter, where it was then picked up by thousands of other users, including actress Lupita N'Yongo, who reposted the video, captioning it "He should not have to sing this song".


Lebron James also shared it to his Instagram captioning the video "I LOVE YOU KID! I LOVE US! 😢🙏🏾💪🏾❤️✊🏾👑" adding the hashtags  #GodPleaseProtectUs

Bryant's song earned him praise from many high profile names, including Oprah Winfrey, who commented on his video writing "YOU dear one are the Blessing".

 Actresess Cynthia Erivo and Eva Longoria also shared the 50-second video, as did music producer  Timberland and model Naomi Campbell, who posted it to her Twitter, saying "it's the song that on her heart":

Former president of the United States Barack Obama praised the 12-year-old for sharing the song, using the lyrics in a statement he released in response to George Floyd's death.

"Another friend of mine used the powerful song that went viral from 12-year-old Keedron Bryant to describe the frustration he was feeling," the statement read.

"The circumstances of my friend and Keedron may be different, but their anguish is the same," Obama wrote. "It's shared by me and millions of others."