Platinum-selling duo FRENSHIP – James Sunderland and Brett Hite – just dropped their music video for new single “Wanted A Name” feat. Yoke Lore – and it’s unexpected in the best way possible. The video features acclaimed actress Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place, Wonderstruck), who is deaf, delivering an emotionally powerful performance of the song in American Sign Language (ASL). Millicent’s presence is spellbinding against the serene, expansive natural setting, as she captures the song’s soaring melody and rousing energy with ASL.
RENSHIP were inspired to create the video after learning about requests for an ASL interpreter to sign their performance for their Deaf fans at Lollapalooza 2018. Wanting to deliver something special for this often-overlooked community in music, they reached out to Millicent, whom they admired from her work in the 2018 film A Quiet Place. They were amazed at how this talented young actress could be so emotive without speaking a single word, so they asked her to collaborate with them on a video that could raise awareness about how Deaf people experience and express themselves through music.
“She really brought the video to life and highlighted the Deaf community in a way that we are so happy to be a part of,” says FRENSHIP, “It’s really cool seeing two languages play out on screen-ASL and English, one seen and one heard. This video is about the co-existence of those two languages and bringing the deaf music experience to a wider audience.”
“I hope this video gives people some insight into how Deaf people feel about music and how we experience music. Music can be visual as well as audible. I love this song and am so honored that FRENSHIP asked me to be a part of it,” says Millicent.