Following the monumental success of his latest R&B masterpiece “The Love Album: Off The Grid,” Sean “Diddy” Combs drops the highly anticipated music video for “Closer To God” performed and directed by Teyana Taylor.
Written by Love Records artist Stacy Barthe and produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Austin Brown, Brian London, and Tommy Parker, the song delves into the theme of discovering spiritual enlightenment and a profound connection through a meaningful relationship, highlighting the transformative influence of this love in drawing them closer to God.
Directed by the award-winning and acclaimed Teyana “Spike Tey” Taylor and executive produced by Diddy, this cinematic masterpiece was meticulously crafted against the mesmerizing landscape of Joshua Tree.
“Teyana is not just an incredible artist, she’s my sister.” said Diddy. “She has this undeniable force and raw emotion she brings to every project. When we began conceptualizing ‘Closer To God,’ her name was at the forefront of my mind. I had to convince her to come out of retirement, but I knew she would perfectly capture the spiritual essence and depth of the song. Collaborating with her on both the song and its visual was like harmonizing with a kindred spirit. Together, we’ve created something truly special.”
“Working on ‘Closer To God’ was a spiritual journey in itself.” said Teyana Taylor. “The song’s message of love and divine connection resonated deeply with me, and visually representing that was a beautiful challenge. I believe we’ve created something that will touch people’s souls.” “The video captures the profound sentiment of feeling divinely connected when in the presence of true love. It paints a picture of raw emotion, vulnerability, and the magic of finding someone who brings you closer to the divine.”
“The Love Album: Off the Grid” has taken the music industry by storm. Debuting at No.1 on both the Apple Music and iTunes R&B Charts, the album has solidified Diddy’s triumphant return to the R&B scene. Diddy dropped the music video for the album’s flagship single, “Another One of Me,” the same day as the album and was recently honored with the coveted Global Icon Award at MTV’s 2023 VMAs.
On Album Release Day, proclaimed “Diddy Day,” Diddy made an appearance in Times Square with thousands of fans in partnership with TSX Entertainment at their interactive billboard stage where he was honored with the Keys of the City by NYC Mayor Eric Adams. From the album announcement leading into the release, Diddy constantly made headlines that further solidified the success of the new album.
The new album, under his LOVE RECORDS imprint, signifies Diddy’s triumphant return since his critically acclaimed solo album “Last Train to Paris” in 2010. Collaboration has always been key to Combs’ success, and ‘The Love Album: Off the Grid’ embodies the magic that happens when incredible talent comes together. The album boasts a superbowl of R&B voices and musical heavyweights including: The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige, Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R, Summer Walker, Babyface, John Legend, Teyana Taylor, French Montana, Coco Jones, Fabolous The-Dream, Busta Rhymes, Dawn Richard, Kalenna, Ty Dolla $ign, Jacquees, Kehlani, 21 Savage, Swae Lee, Jeremih, Jozzy, Nova Wav, Kalan Fr.Fr Nija & Diddyto complete this star-studded roster.
As a cultural icon, innovator, and mogul, Diddy’s influence on the music industry is unrivaled. With a historic catalog of hit records and a track record of shaping the sounds of superstars, he returns to his R&B roots as an Executive Producer and Curator of “The Love Album: Off the Grid.” Check out the “Closer To God” video below. Share your thoughts about it in the comments!
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