Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former founding member of Parliament Funkadelic, Calvin Simon is set to release his new gospel single "I Believe," in early September. Co-written by Simon and singer-songwriter Marty McCarrick, the new song is a cut from Simon's upcoming full-length album scheduled for release on Oct. 5.
"'I Believe' is a song that is based on the timeless themes of faith, love, and truth," explains Simon. "It's a tune for the heart, so that's why I didn't use too much instrumentation and instead made it a piano ballad. I want listeners to receive the positive message of the song in an intimate setting and carry it with them for inspiration no matter what they may be facing that day."
The new single has a special meaning for Simon, highlighting the struggles he has experienced, including being a Vietnam war veteran with PTSD, losing his wife to cancer, and battling cancer himself a short time later. However, he has found his strength with renewed faith, which the lyrics of "I Believe" also convey powerfully:
I will never forget your love/and I see rainbows in the sky
Take away the tears and the fears/you wiped away through all the years
But your promises would never turn into a lie/You'll always be there.
"My career has been a long pilgrimage with the ups and downs that everyone faces on a daily basis," says Simon. "Through all of it I have hung on to my faith, maybe less at times than others, but God has always been with me."
Simon adds, "That's why as a solo artist, I wanted to sing my faith without a lot of synthesizers and auto-tuning. My previous and new fans can experience my version of gospel music, which I call 'Sanctified Funk,' with God's eternal purpose locked firmly at the forefront."
"I Believe" is going for adds at radio via DW Promotion today and is being distributed to digital music platforms in early September via CD Baby. The track is also available for streaming at CalvinSimon.net or by clicking below: