California songbird Rayana Jay celebrates and appreciates Black men on a new song, “Sunkissed.”

When last we heard from Rayana Jay, the singer-songwriter was sharing how she’d found the right guy at the wrong time on “Everything.” In the time since, the Richmond, California songstress dropped off another song in “Magic” and devoted herself to preparing the sequel to her 2016 EP, ‘Songs About Last Night.’

That sequel project – cleverly titled ‘Morning After’ – is due for release any day now. And to further whet her fans’ appetite, Jay shared ‘Morning After’s’ lead single, “Sunkissed.”

Premiered by The FADER, “Sunkissed” is Rayana Jay’s ode to Black men and embracing the beauty of them.

“When I started writing “Sunkissed,” I knew I wanted it to be a song about black skin, black men, black love; an ode,” the singer told The FADER. “I didn’t want to say the basic ‘I love you because you do this.’ I wanted to write a song that said, instead, ‘I love you because you ARE this and so much more.’ I feel like we don’t show each other the same love we had to long ago… [“Sunkissed” is] a reminder of how cool we are, how original we are, how resilient we are.”

With The Kount on the boards providing a funky, summery groove, “Sunkissed” lets Rayana Jay show her love to the Brothers earnestly. Her vocals are the perfect compliment to the song’s empowering message, with her calling Black men “the rhythm and blues” and insisting they “look so good on a Sunday.” And in a cool twist, the singer flips an extrapolation of “You Are My Sunshine” in the song’s second verse to give it an entirely new meaning.

Hear Rayana Jay’s “Sunkissed” single for yourself down below. “Sunkissed” will appear the singer’s ‘Morning After’ EP, due out later this year.

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