Tony Cummings reports on the Canadian emcee MANAFEST and his "Plan For Me" single
The Canadian-born hip-hop artist who has enjoyed such Cross Rhythms radio hits as 2005's "Rodeo", 2006's "Retro Love" and "Bounce", and 2008's "Citizens Activ" will find many radio stations unwilling to play his latest single. The reason? Well, "Plan For Me" is an anti-abortion song and a very powerful one. "Plan For Me" is from the emcee's forthcoming album 'This Is Not The End' and saw Manafest (aka Chris Greenwood) team up with songwriter Trevor McNevan of the rock band Thousand Foot Krutch and producer Doug Weier to create an extremely impactful song. The rapper said, "I wanted to write the song from two different perspectives so verse one is the parents grieving over the loss of their son or daughter that was aborted."
The second verse is the perspective of the child who was aborted and offering nothing but grace and forgiveness to the parents. It goes, "If born I woulda changed the world/If born I'd of been your baby girl/If born you would a seen me twirl/Brown eyes and golden curls."
Manafest explained, "Our passion to speak out on pro-life issues began after seeing the documentary Hush and the movie Unplanned. We then got connected with Liveaction.org and started watching all their educational videos about abortion. We knew we wanted to be a voice behind this movement spreading the truth and the serious implication abortions have on women's lives."
The rapper continued, "This is not a political issue but a human rights issue. I'm not trying to change laws with my songs, I'm trying to change hearts. I remember writing the initial verses out front of London's school crying and praying to God how can I write this song and fill it with hope and inspiration. My daughter just happened to pop into my studio like she does from time to time and sang 'you are my sunshine' and I was able to record it. I sent the recording to Doug and he was able to add it to the end of the song which adds a bold innocence to the Outro. I hope her gentle voice reminds people that it is a real child in that womb and that God has a purpose and plan for him or her."
The chorus features Manafest's wife Melanie, making her debut song appearance. Melanie also designed the cover art.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.