Indigenous and queer artist, actress, and activist Jayli Wolf is back with a video for her new single, “Lead Me.”
The track was originally meant to be released on her debut EP, Wild Whisper. “Lead Me” is about overcoming inner demons, and it sees Jayli Wolf opening up about her battle with addiction. The new single is out on Orange Shirt Day, formerly known as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. The track also comes accompanied by a stunning self-directed video.
“‘Lead Me’ is about temptation and addiction,” Jayli Wolf explains. “It’s about knowing how good a person or a substance can make you feel but at the same time being aware that you need to fight the desire for your own self-preservation. I gave so much of my energy and life to addiction, and it was terribly difficult to fight, to no longer let it lead me. Addiction is about survival. I wanted to escape my reality because I didn’t have the tools to change it. Temporary highs can be so enticing, but the cost is always higher. The video for the song illustrates being trapped by your proverbial demons, and for myself, finding healing through reclaiming my culture and taking my power back – breaking free from the chains of my past.”
Watch the video for “Lead Me” below.
About Wild Whisper:
Much like “Lead Me,” the Wild Whisper EP is also a powerful, reflective collection. The six tracks see Jayli Wolf detailing what it was like leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion she was raised in. It also sees her singing of discovering her truth, and reflecting on mental health, sexual abuse, and high-control groups. Wild Whisper moves forward, encouraging self-love and acceptance.
Jayli Wolf explains of the collection:
“Wild Whisper is an autobiographical EP that features my father’s experience in the Sixties Scoop, leaving the doomsday cult I was raised in, releasing the shame and guilt instilled in me around my bisexuality, depression and mental health, post-traumatic growth, and reclaiming my Indigenous heritage.”
Lead photo courtesy of Hayden Wolf.