Detroit says that he was inspired to write this composition as a prayer. “We are beat down by pandemics, social and political unrest, the plagues of racism, gentrification that is destroying our Black cultural community and causing housing insecurities, violence and 24/7 “car jackings,” he notes.
Like so many of famed New Orleans’ musicians, singers and songwriters, Detroit Brooks’ life is rooted in Bible Belt gospel. He grew up in the Ninth Ward and Mid-City surrounded by music. As a teen he and his sister and brothers began touring with his acclaimed gospel legend father, George A. Brooks, Sr. of the famous Masonic Kings (originally formed in Brooks, Sr.’s home town of Natchez, Mississippi). Detroit honed his guitar technique on the road where gospel performances are “free and continuous” and could go on for hours and hours, as the spirit of the Lord directed the performance. Not only did he tour with his Dad, but his sister, the late NOMC patient advocate, the world-famous Juanita Brooks (1954-2009) with Juanita’s Gospel Express. He did other stints touring with legends Clarence Fountain & the Five, the Blind Boys, Raymond Myles and The Rams, the Zion Harmonizers and a host of others.