A rallying cry for hope, healing, and change in a time of social injustice, new single arrives days before Juneteenth
Nashville, Tenn. (June 17, 2022) — “Sparrow,” the latest single from Sidewalk Records recording artist Wyn Starks, is equal parts gospel ballad and rallying cry for social justice. Written during the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and originally released in January 2021, the song flies to higher heights with a new, emotionally charged version featuring the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Listen to “Sparrow (ft. Fisk Jubilee Singers & Built By Titan)” HERE.
“I see a bird in the dark sky, flying,” Starks sings during the song’s opening moments, his words flanked by cathedral-sized vocal harmonies from the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Much of the song’s first half is performed a cappella, eventually giving way to a crescendo of church organ, upright piano, and entwined voices. The result is a modern-day spiritual that nods not only to the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ gospel roots, but also to Starks’ childhood days singing solos in his hometown Minneapolis church. It’s a gorgeous song that’s both timeless and timely — a hymn for Sunday mornings, imbued with a message that rings true day in and day out.
Inspired by the injustices that have haunted the African American community for generations, Wyn co-wrote “Sparrow” with producer Fred Williams (AKA Built By Titan). The song’s original version earned more than a half-million streams on Spotify alone, encapsulating the moment with its optimistic call for hope, healing, and change. Weeks after its release, the Fisk Jubilee Singers won the first GRAMMY® Award of the choir’s long career, taking home the award for Best Roots Gospel Album. For Wyn, joining forces with the historic group wasn’t just an opportunity to revisit and reignite “Sparrow” — it was a career milestone, too.
“I was surrounded by excellence,” he says of the collaborative process. “I had heard about the Fisk Jubilee Singers growing up, and it was such an honor to be able to work with them. I heard a story about how they helped Nashville earn the title of ‘Music City.’ Queen Victoria was so impressed with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the story goes, that she said they must be from a ‘city of music.’ I am very excited about this project, and I feel like this song was taken to a whole new level having them on this track.”
“Sparrow (ft. Fisk Jubilee Singers & Built By Titan)” is now available HERE. Wyn Starks can also be seen on a new episode of America’s Got Talent later this summer.
For more information on Wyn Starks, visit www.wynstarks.com.
About Wyn Starks
Pop star. Soul singer. Modern-day genre-blender. Old-school R&B revivalist. Wyn Starks proudly celebrates his own diversity with 2021’s Black is Golden, a debut album rooted in the singer/songwriter’s versatile vocals, timely messages, and bold willingness to break new ground.
Black is Golden blends throwback grooves with contemporary moves, nodding not only to Starks’ past —
including his upbringing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he sang his first solos in church — but also the
innovative sounds he discovered upon relocating to Nashville. Signing a record deal with Curb Records after just six months in town, he began releasing songs that celebrated love, life, and inclusivity, earning nearly 2 million streams for his debut single, 2019’s “Circles.” From there, his sound deepened to include tracks of
justice and racial equality, all while maintaining his unique blend of vintage influences and progressive pop hooks.
Released in 2020, the EP Who I Am showcased an artist whose music is simultaneously personal and universal. One year later, Black is Golden continued that balancing track. The album is both a rallying cry for people of color and an inclusive call to the dance floor for all races, and its broad mix of music — including gospel
ballads, rhythmic bangers, soul classics, and dazzling pop anthems — strengthens the album’s central message of diversity.
About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a private, liberal arts university located in Nashville, Tennessee.
Consistently recognized for its brand of academic excellence, Fisk is ranked No. 6 on the Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report. Fisk also ranked No. 1 in the nation among HBCUs for social mobility and No. 3 in the nation for research expenditures among small liberal arts colleges. Fisk University is deeply committed to student leadership, success, and service. Fisk excels at
preparing our highly motivated student body for elite graduate schools and outstanding careers. From the
classroom to the boardroom, a Fisk education gives students the tools to turn their passions into careers and
prepares them to make a difference in the world. To learn more about Fisk University, please visit www.fisk.edu
About Curb Records
Celebrating 58 years in business, Curb Records is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated by Mike Curb since 1964, Curb Records has achieved 435 number one
records, over 1,500 Top Ten records and charted over 4,500 total records. With over a half-century in operation, Curb Records has been influential in the careers of some of the biggest names in music, including: Tim McGraw, Hank Williams, Jr., Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, LeAnn Rimes, The Judds, Dylan Scott, Sawyer Brown, Wynonna, Lyle Lovett, for KING & COUNTRY, We Are Messengers and Big Daddy Weave, among many others. Today’s roster includes some of the top names across multiple genres of music. For more information, visit www.curb.com.