Premiere: Baker Grace’s “Handcuffs” Is A Dreamy Plea For Kindness
Baker Grace first appeared on my radar with 2017’s “Am I Talking To You?” and then spent the next couple of years in label limbo. The 18-year-old has now made it through to the other side, racking up impressive streaming numbers with independently released singles “Wrong Kind Of People” and “Numb.” Her winning streak continues with “Handcuffs,” a dream-like plea for kindness and empathy in an increasingly ugly world. “Life’s not story time but I won’t live afraid to die,” she sings on the chorus. “Will you put your hands up (put your hands up), let your hearts break the handcuffs.”
“[The song] is about a loss of innocence,” Baker explains. “Realizing that I’m not sheltered from the dangerous parts of humanity, I felt helpless and unsafe at a time where random violence acts were blasted on screens and seemed to take place everywhere. I wrote a song that says maybe I can’t stop it from happening but I will not be a part of it, I will put my hands up, spread kindness, and always choose love hoping others will do the same.” Well said. “Handcuffs” features on the New Jersey native’s upcoming EP, Girl, I Know (out May 17). Listen below.