‘BGT’ Star Calum Scott Promotes Inclusivity with Sign Language Version of ‘Biblical’
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Calum Scott is further proving why fans first fell in love with him on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015. Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer has partnered with Deaf West Theatre for a sign language version of his latest single, “Biblical.” The Tony Award-winning non-profit organization incorporates ASL into performances to promote inclusivity.
Scott released the music video for “Biblical” in June. It was his first release in three years after coming off the success of his hit, “You Are the Reason.” The initial music video for “Biblical” garnered 5 million views from fans who have followed his journey since BGT.
Calum Scott Inspires Fans with New Sign Language Music Video
The new video starts out with Scott spelling out the song’s title in ASL under a spotlight. The entire video is shot in black and white. Members of the Deaf West Theatre join in by signing the lyrics and putting their own emotions into the storytelling. Scott later joins in to sign the meaningful lyrics.
“It is incredibly important for me to reach as many people as possible with my music, so when the opportunity came about to work with the Deaf community, I was so excited to collaborate,” Scott said about the video. “I feel immense gratitude to know that my music continues to transcend language across the world and not only did I want to have a sign language version of the song, but I also wanted to learn how to sign it myself to connect directly with my fans in this often underrepresented community.”
He went on to say that he wanted to “create something for people to feel seen, heard, and represented.” His fans have certainly appreciated this video. They praised him for stepping up to make a video for an underrepresented community in the music industry.
“Calum Scott, you are just awesome,” one fan wrote on YouTube. “This def made me cry. Having been partially deaf since I was 18 months due to mumps. This is Biblical. You are such an inspiration to ALL.”
A New Album is On the Way
This video is a great way to inspire other big artists to improve accessibility in music. With over 2 billion views on his YouTube channel as a whole, Scott’s new video will hopefully be able to reach the masses.
“Calum, you haven’t taken a wrong step since coming onto the scene,” another fan wrote on YouTube. “You have an otherworldly voice and are a wonderful writer of lyrics full of honesty and emotion. I appreciate your smart, inclusive collaborations and getting behind important causes. A thoughtful and humble star for today.”
Part of “Biblical” was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the same place The Beatles recorded most of their hit songs. It is the first single off of Scott’s second album which will be released later this year. His first album, Only Human, was a tremendous success that hit No. 1 on the iTunes charts in 21 countries.