UPDATE: Keys is recognizing World Refugee Day with a 12-minute short film that also highlights her recent release, "Hallelujah." In the cinematic visual, Keys and her two daughters escape an attack in Los Angeles and seek safety in Mexico as refugees.
“I was stunned when I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children,” Keys said in a press release. “Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?”
“Let Me In” comes as part of Keys’ We Are Here movement and seeks to “raise awareness and reinvigorate the conversation around the refugee crisis currently affecting millions around the world.”
Listen to Alicia Keys' moving new ballad.
Keys introduced fans to "Hallelujah" during her live performance of it on Saturday Night Live last month, but the "In Common" singer is sharing the studio version today (June 17). The soul-tinged cut features Keys' raspy belting accompanied by a boisterous piano. Its release coincides with the trailer for Let Me In, a film starring Keys about the refugee crisis as if it was happening on America’s shores.
Listen and watch below: