‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ Songwriter John Ellison Shares New BLM-Inspired Song ‘Wake-Up Call’

Musician details his family’s history with racist violence in chilling video for new track

John Ellison — frontman for the Soul Brothers Six and writer of their biggest hit “Some Kind of Wonderful” — has shared a fiery new song, “Wake-Up Call (Black Like Me),” inspired by the recent protests in response to the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Ellison delivered the new song alongside a video that opens with the musician recounting his family’s history of being targeted with racist violence: From his grandfather, who was born a slave in 1854, to the hospital in Virginia that refused to treat Ellison for third-degree burns in 1971, to the 18-year-old nephew who was paralyzed in 1998 when the police broke his neck (the officers were never charged). “We are tired of singing the songs, ‘We Shall Overcome,’” Ellison says. “We are tired of the ‘I forgive you.’ We are tired of the injustice. We want justice now!”