Grammy-winning country star Jennifer Nettles released a timely video in honor of 9/11 on Sept. 8. The emotional ballad, “King of the City,” pays homage to an immigrant window washer who lost his life during the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, according to Rolling Stone.
Jennifer posted a preview of “King of the City” on Instagram.
The heartfelt song tells the story of an immigrant named Jose, who went from delivering pizzas to his job washing windows, where he “sits downtown in the air.” Jose witnesses the moment when the first airplane hit the tower and laments “That day on my perch, I made it my church / And I prayed for each soul to fly home.”
“King of the City” makes the powerful story personal with the use of its first-person narrative. Jose is an immigrant, living the American dream, when he loses his life during the tragedy of September 11. The Mexican immigrant describes the beauty of sitting high in the sky, where he overlooks New York, singing, “Ain’t it pretty.”
Nettles stated, “I want to humanize the immigrant story as an American story, and allow people a different narrative from what they might be seeing on the news or in their communities.” Nettles lives in a New York apartment overlooking the site of the Freedom Tower.
The Sugarland singer released the song just prior to the 16th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy that took thousands of lives, many of whom were starting their normal work day in New York City. The song is also time due to the controversy over President Trump's controversial decision to repeal DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
Like the Alan Jackson 9/11 hit “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” Nettle’s new song offers a poignant perspective of the huge story of September 11, evoking emotions. “Where Were You” was released in 2001, shortly after the attacks, and won multiple awards, including the Grammy for Best Country Song.
“King of the City” is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon.