(Boston, MA) June 8, 2020: For 40 years, Yves Lewis, owners and producer of the WildCubby Music record label has harbored a secret dream. Though he has worked successfully in the music business for years, Yves has always wanted to be the one in front of the microphone, rather than the one in the booth. Recently, Yves took the first step towards realizing his dream. Dreams are for Living, a 14-track album, was released on January 2020. Now, he’s taking another leap into living his dream with the release of a new single, I Can’t Breathe, featuring Seychelle Elise.
Inspired by his lived experiences and the protests that have erupted around the world in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd, I Can’t Breathe is a beautifully sung and ardent call to action.
Lewis is passionate when explaining what led him to releasing the song, I Can’t Breathe. “Being able to live my own dream of writing and making music after 40 years of hoping that one day I would get the chance to make my own album made me contemplate all the dreams and hopes that went unrealized by the people who have lost their lives at the hands of a racial injustice. Young, old, men and women, so many have had their lives cut short and never got the chance to live the lives they dreamt of having. I had to stand up and add my voice to the chorus and say ‘enough is enough. Black lives matter.’”
Yves first album, Dreams are for living, honors many black musical traditions. Un Ti Bo, one of Yves favorite tracks on the album, is sung in French Creole. Other tracks honor both his father and his love of reggae music as well as the Caribbean-based zouk musical tradition. Two songs on the album, Rum and Rain and I’m in Love with Music, which has racked up thousands of views on YouTube, are Soca songs, a musical style with Trinidadian roots.
“I moved to United States to pursuit my dreams of being a singer songwriter as well as a music producer and record label owner. While I love my new home and the chance it has given me to realise my goals, I am equally proud of my roots and of the musical traditions that have allowed the black community to express themselves for hundreds of years. Now is the time for us all to come together and use whatever skills and talent we have to call for action.