Closing out a long year spent on the road, singer/songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle has revealed a final music video to accompany her 2018 album On Dark Horses. Directed by Mitch Wells and starring the song’s muse and inspiration, Blake Armstrong, the video is poignant and affecting and further solidifies Rundle’s place as one of music’s most dextrous minds.
Lyrical inspiration came from real-life events and earnest conversations with a close friend. Detailing a journey of self-acceptance and inner-peace, “You Don’t Have To Cry” feels anthemic and delivers a powerful, universal message.
Rundle comments: “I wrote this song for my dear friend, artist Blake Armstrong, out of love and in the hope it would console and encourage strength after he expressed to me his fears about living as an openly gay male in a country that’s led by an unabashedly hateful figure – and the effects said figure might have on the the country, its laws and its citizens. I hope that the message of the song and video can comfort and empower those who feels marginalized or mistreated or unsafe. I’m happy we finally had a chance to realize our idea for this video. It means so much to us both.”