November 21, 2018
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He’s back! Grammy-nominated gospel artist Deitrick Haddon is focused on Christmas already with his new single, “Christmas Prayer.” And we’ve got your first, exclusive look at the music video. The song has a little bit of a different sound from what Haddon is typically known for. This time around he collaborated with the father of trap music, himself, hip-hop producer and P.K. (“preacher’s kid”), Zaytoven. The 38-year-old has worked with some of hip-hop and R&B’s most popular acts, like Usher, Future, Nicki Minaj, and Christian rapper, Lecrae.
The single is a lyrical prayer that shows Haddon’s true heart for the season, that those who are lonely, homeless, hungry and in unfortunate situations find comfort, love and God in their situation. The video accompanies the lyrics by showing Deitrick and Zaytoven in inner city environments helping those in need.
“This is my Christmas prayer, that love be in the air.
Let the lonely know you care.
This is my Christmas prayer.”
The two have been teasing snippets of them working together on social media for the past week, and fans have been itching to hear what they’ve been working on.
This partnership isn’t the first between Haddon and Zaytoven. The two also came together to do work on Usher’s “A” album. It’s also not the first of it’s kind between the gospel and hip-hop/trap music world. Remember Erica Campbell‘s “I Luh God” (2015) or Lecrae’s whole last album Let the Trap Say Amen (2018), which was completely produced by Zaytoven. The fusing of the two genres can even be seen as far back as Kirk Franklin‘s “Stomp” in 1997, and this blending together of genres is not going anywhere.
The Grammy award-winning producer and founding pastor of Hill City Church will be dropping their joint holiday album entitled, Zaytoven & Deitrick Haddon Greatest Gift on December 7. “Christmas Prayer,” “Good Christmas,” and another viral hit, “Make Love” (which the former reality TV star states is for married couples only) are set as the lead tracks on the seven song EP. Zaytoven produced the entire album, while Deitrick wrote three songs.
“This is my favorite project of all time because I’m such a Deitrick Haddon fan,” said Zaytoven about the album that came together in less than a week. “This has always been a dream of mine to break into the gospel world. Most people don’t know that I grew up in the church and I still am a musician at my church Life Abundantly Christian Center.“
The goal of the album is to put hope and love together to reunite families, especially in the time of the holiday season.
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