Nova Scotian rapper and producer Classified released his new video for “Good News” earlier this week. The song and music video features Breagh Isabel and delivers a message of hope. Initially written as a lighthearted reminder to look on the bright side, it has evolved to represent resilience in a world of heartbreaking headlines during this pandemic. Good News was filmed in a nursing home in Classified’s home town of Enfield three months ago while throwing the residents a surprise party and sharing experiences with kids. Luke Boyd (Classified) says, “My hope is that people will realize that as fast as things can go bad, they can go back to good as well.”
On April 24th, a virtual vigil for the mass shooting in Nova Scotia was aired on TV and online. It featured moving performances from Canadian artists and concluded with Classified’s live stripped-down version of Good News. Boyd released the following statement: “Sorry to everyone who was affected by the senseless violence in my hometown last weekend. Our whole community I think is still in shock, but the love and support we are giving each other has been amazing.”
“Good News” debuted at #37 on Canadian Top 40 radio charts last month and launched the #GoodNewsChallenge–An excuse to look on the bright side and enjoy the little things in life.
I’m Shayla, and I was born in Saskatoon but moved to Halifax in 2013 for University, and since decided to stay here for a while. I recently received a Bachelor of Design, after studying photography for a year or two as well. I love everything about music and how it has the ability to bring so many people together from across the country and even the world. My passion for music is one of the reasons I moved East to pursue a photography and design career, as I would love to do graphic design and photography within the Canadian music industry.