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Listen to the First Song from Empire Season Three, Need Freedom


Photo courtesy of Columbia Records; Chuck Hodes/FOXThe season three premiere of Empire happens next week — but if you’ve been longing for new music from the show, wait no further.  

A new track titled “Light in Darkness,” released Thursday, gives more than enough to satiate fans. 

The track, written by Rodney Jerkins and performed by actor Jussie Smollett —  Jamal Lyons on the series — was produced as a response to “everything going on in the country.” 

“I recorded this exactly seven days after Philando Castile was shot,” Smollett tells Billboard. “Between the shootings of CastileAlton Sterling, at the Pulse in Orlando and the police officers in Dallas — not to mention the other numerous killings over the last couple of years — it was like we couldn’t breathe,” he adds. 

“What are we doing as a people, a nation; what message are we sending to the next generation? Then this song came,” he says. 

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