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Grammy-nominated Blackway has dreams come true with NFL’s Songs of the Season

This year’s NFL Songs of the Season series kicked off with Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Blackway, who was chosen as the series’ first featured artist, with his new single “Heavyweight.” The track premiered during the Monday Night Football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints in October.

“As an artist, you have these things that we want to accomplish,” Blackway tells In The Zone’s Candace Cordelia. “Like a check list that we want to check off throughout our career and this was one of those things for me.

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He continues, “Right now, it’s very high up there for me and I’m so grateful to be a part of the project and I’m just flattered that they picked my song.”

“Heavyweight” was written to “make people feel like superheroes”

It appears that the Republic Records-signed musician is building on a destined relationship with the NFL — his song “Bourbon Street” was picked for a feature on the Madden NFL 19 video game. Blackway states that he does not have a “personal relationship with anybody in the NFL.”

“I guess somebody over there just likes me and likes the music that I make. The Madden thing came about kind of the same way that the Song(s) of the Season, “Heavyweight,” thing came about. It was just a phone call, we need a song like this, and I delivered and it seems like they like what I do because they keep coming back.”

“I think I’m gonna end up on Madden again. I don’t wanna make any promises right now, but I got an email recently and it’s something that they’re in the works with an updated playlist, so we’ll see,” Blackway exclusively tells In The Zone.

To discover Blackway’s favorite NFL team and NFL player, his thoughts on the rise of eSports and so much more, check out Candace Cordelia’s video interview with the rising hip-hop artist here on In The Zone! “Heavyweight” is available to listen now on all digital streaming platforms.

Songs of the Season highlights celebrity and emerging recording artists from various music genres. The series supports the NFL’s social justice initiative Inspire Change, created to help reduce obstacles for those seeking opportunities within education, criminal justice reform, economic advancement and police & community relations.

Artists selected for the 2019 Songs of the Season installment included Lecrae and Royce Da 5’9”. Income generated from Songs of the Season will go towards a nonprofit organization of the artist’s choice.

For the full interview with Blackway, watch below on the In The Zone YouTube channel. 


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Candace Cordelia
Candace Cordelia has been an on-camera interviewer and writer for In The Zone since the Summer of 2020. Candace's journalism experience includes writing for the New York Daily News and ABC Radio, where she also conducted celebrity interviews and audio production/editing for ABC Radio's national radio affiliates across the country. Her on-camera experience involves working as a backstage/in-ring interviewer with a number of independent wrestling promotions and as an actress. Candace is dedicated to bringing combat sports and eSports news to the In The Zone universe.

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