Yashua Told Us the Powerful True Story Behind His New Single, 'Dancing in the Rain'

Dominican-American pop/R&B singer Yashua is best known for his rousing Latin beats and singing sleek and flirty tracks in Spanish, but his new single is something a little different. And we adore it.

"Dancing in the Rain" is atmospheric, romantic, evocative and sung in English—it's a big departure from most of his past work. It'll get you moving and tug on your heartstrings.

But what motivated Yashua to head in this inspiring new direction? We were curious, and we got the opportunity to ask the artist directly about the story behind the track, what it means to him and what his music has always been about.

Sweety High: What was the songwriting process behind "Dancing in the Rain"?

Yashua: I was in my room, the lights were off. I remember the rain and thunder that day in Miami. I was thinking about my girlfriend at the time and I wanted to write a song she would remember. So I thought to start the song with a few of our memories asking her "Do you remember?"

One of my favorite parts of the song is where I ask her "Do you remember I proposed to you without a ring, without a rule." This happened the first time I met her. Like love at first sight. I saw her, she had this leather jacket on and immediately I said in my head that she's the most beautiful girl I've ever seen. That night I asked her to marry me. She was surprised, of course, with a "are you joking" look on her face. She said no, of course, and I had no ring on me. But I insisted and told her she can't leave without saying yes so she said yes. From there we had a good relationship—a long-distance one. She lives in Norway. She came down to visit me in Miami and one of the days was pouring rain and we had to walk home from the gate of the community. And since it was raining I remember putting my jacket over both our heads and holding her close.

When I wrote this song I missed her a lot and I was in pain because of my trust issues. So I pictured God's compassion, him feeling my pain and one of his teardrops falling off his cheeks and into the universe, coming down to earth and making the whole world rain. I believe that dancing in this rain would wash away my pain, the hurt and the shame I was feeling. So now whenever I see rain, I think of dancing in it. To let God tears wash away my pain.


SH: What does the song mean to you, and what kind of emotions did you want to channel into this song?

Yashua: The song means everything to me, from the storyline to the musicality of the song. The lyrics are self-explained and the musicality, beat and structure with the merging genres takes you on a journey of all the emotions and moods I was feeling that day.

Yashua Dancing in the Rain single art

("Dancing in the Rain" via Magnus Music)

SH: Can you tell us the story behind the music video? What was the idea behind it, and do you have a favorite story from the shooting day?

Yashua: The main part of the video is the first opening scene where I come out of the ocean.  It's the "rebirth." The last video I released was in September 2019, and the ending scene of that video was me going into the ocean. And this video shows me coming out! Into this new world, new state of mind and new understanding.

Yashua Dancing in the Rain piano still

("Dancing in the Rain" via Magnus Music)


SH: How has the pandemic changed the way you make music, if at all? Has it been a challenge?

Yashua: No, it wasn't a challenge 'cause Maejor and I quarantined together and made a lot of music. I had some roadblocks because of some personal things, but we got it going.

I guess I had a lot of time to reflect and reminisce—and to figure out where I want to go with my music and why I do music.

SH: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Yashua: My message is to spread the LUV.


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