Elgin rapper Nehemiah Heckler dropped a major positivity bomb on music fans Friday with “Blessings,” the uplifting lead single off his upcoming fifth album.
In it, he offers gratitude for his happiness and encourages his community to do the same.
“There’s been so much positivity in my life lately. I have a son now. I have a real family that I’m building. I’m focusing on my music,” Heckler said. “It’s just about all the blessings that are happening in our life.”
Throughout the song, Heckler talks about his son, his friends and the importance of finding the good even in some of our recent darker moments.
Working with producers Zach Kranz and Groovebox, Heckler also brought his wife Marisa into the project where she sings vocals on the song’s catchy message.
“I think she really just brought that hook to life,” he said. “And that’s what we want people to remember the most with this song. Blessings are gonna fall down forever. No matter what. No matter what happens.”
Heckler — who got his start rapping and writing at his lunch table at Wheaton North High School — said he wrote his first song at 16. Now 10 years later, he still holds on to what got him into music in the first place.
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“I wanted to inspire people to do whatever they set their mind to,” he said. “And I feel like through music and reaching my goals that I have with music, I can be a light and I can be an influence to not only other artists but people that are my age. Like this song could encourage somebody, and that’s what I want.”
Now that things are opening back up, Heckler is working to put together a series of back-to-school performances and has an intimate livestream in the works for the fall with an aim toward inspiring young people. And while he pushes onward with his goal of releasing the full album in early 2022, he also wants to continue working to build his community in Elgin and live in his faith.
“Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and that’s what I’m talking about. That’s what I’m kind of praying in that song, like, let the blessing fall down from heaven. You know he’s blessed us with so much, blessed me with our son. So there’s definitely a religious connotation behind it. But I think even for the listener who doesn’t believe, people still want blessings. So it’s just a universal message no matter where you’re getting it from,” he said. “It is one of those things that everybody can kind of interpret in their own way. It’s just a positive energy. But hopefully my music can point some people to Christ and through my lifestyle they can see that.”