Judge Carradine Releases Vulnerable New Single “Okay”
As mental health remains a common topic of conversation during COVID-19, Judge Carradine’s new single “Okay” takes up the topic. The singer / songwriter released the new track on May 26, and it’s one of his most thoughtful and vulnerable songs to date.
“Okay” deals with the mental health issues Carradine overcame as a teenager. You know I’m drowning on my own / And everyone’s looking at me / I can’t do this on my own / It’s choking me, he sings in the chorus.
Carradine comments on the pain behind the lyrics, saying, “I was at a breaking point when I wrote this song. Back then, my home life was tough and I was really struggling with my sanity. Being in this space while trying to figure out teenage life, I just wished someone cared enough about me to ask me if I was okay. This song was a way for me to do this for myself.
The importance of discussing mental health issues with your loved ones is something Carradine wants her audience to get out of the song. If you just ask me how I feel / noticed what i feel / maybe i would be fine, he sings.
To accompany the song, Carradine released the official music video, directed by Eli Sokhn, with Carradine himself in the role of creative director. The video features scenes of Carradine alone in the middle of the woods, sinking into a swimming pool and surrounded by television screens covered in images of himself. The painful loneliness of the cinematic shots echoes the isolation Carradine felt when he wrote the lyrics.
“Okay” is the sequel to “Can’t Feel A Thing” and “Limbo,” which Carradine released in 2020, receiving high praise and praise for his passion as a singer / songwriter. “Limbo” was co-written by Carradine and produced by Luke Niccoli (Gryffin); the single mixes pop and R&B, showing Carradine’s versatility as an artist.
Stream “OK” here and watch the video below.