The new track draws from bouncy hip-hop and vibrant gospel influences as Sparks calls on heavenly power to get her through the “Unknown.”
“I’m tryna find my place / Keep my pace / Make my waves / But I can’t push the weight / In my strength / I need your grace,” the singer croons on the track.
The season six American Idol winner took to Instagram to share her inspiration behind the song and what it means in this time of racial injustice.
“I wrote this song with @jdoddwadd back in February based off of my own experiences…but it’s taken on a whole new meaning these past few weeks,” Sparks explained.
She continued, “I hope you can close your eyes and let this song take you where you need to go and release. Cry, scream, hug someone you love (if you can), thank God for another day…know that we’ll get through this together.”
“Unknown” is Sparks’ first solo single in nearly five years. In 2019, she released the joint EP 1990 Forever with fellow R&B artist Elijah Blake.
Listen to Jordin Sparks’ latest single “Unknown” below.