Metropolitan Digital

DARRELL KELLEY “The Coronavirus”

  • Written by DARRELL KELLEY

Even though I have been releasing tracks and albums since 2018, I never considered myself an artist until I started getting responses from people telling me that my songs were resonating with them. To this day, I still think of myself more as a person who loves to spread a positive message. I learned about the power of music to accomplish this when I was a kid growing up in the projects in Boston. From the Jackson 5 and Tavares to Marvin Gaye and The Staples Singers, music was always in the house, and it was a great source of comfort and uplift. My mom and uncles would sing and perform for us and it helped me and my siblings make it through. I can still hear mom singing her favorite, “Natural High” by Bloodstone. It was like her lullaby to us.

Kind of like when I wrote “The Book of UWGEAM,” my spiritual work about love, unity and respecting one another regardless of one’s religious path, I don’t remember the specific moment when the idea for “The Coronavirus” came to me. It felt like it came out of the Spirit in response to what I was seeing and hearing about the coronavirus and how people were reacting to it. Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo on CNN really take it home, and continue to do so, even as Chris battles COVID-19 himself while quarantined. They bring out the truth of what’s going on.

I felt angry about all the misinformation the government was disseminating, and I thought, what the hell, you know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna write a song about it. I’m all about taking every negative thing and making something positive out of it. I didn’t have a goal in mind. I just wrote the lyrics and basic melody, teamed with my producer/collaborator with his independent label Viral Records, LLC, and laid it down. I’m just saying and singing what’s real. I start out saying, “You know the coronavirus is spreading everywhere and we have to slow down the spread/So stay inside and don’t go out unless you have to – but let’s keep our senior citizens safe.”

Then, it’s almost stream of consciousness or like me having a conversation with loved ones, covering all the major concerns: “I’m scared right now because doctors don’t have the proper protection/If we don’t stop it, we are heading straight for another bad recession/How we gonna stop the spread if we can’t follow simple directions?” As it continues, I address the brutal reality of people dying, the importance of staying safe and of course the fact that we have to wash our hands, not touch our face and avoid large crowds. I created the music video to further drive the points home with visuals relating to the science of the illness, how society is reacting to it and living in this new reality. 

I wake up every day to the latest news about the virus. and I realize that many people are not listening to the authorities and doing what we’re supposed to do to stop the spread of the coronavirus. I wrote the song as a response to that, hoping people will listen to its message and the reality will sink in that this is life and death serious. It’s my way of sharing the reality that this is not something you can play around with, and that we all have to stick together and wait it out until we flatten the curve and find an ultimate solution. We all have to pay attention and focus on human lives so that we can beat this. It is my belief that we should help people not just in the U.S. but around the world. World leaders need to work together to stop the terrible spread.

Despite our many differences, as human beings we are all somehow related and connected to each other. Here at home, we are all Americans, but in a larger sense, we are really all God’s children. I’m asking my brothers and sisters, why are you not taking care of yourself? Why are you not listening to what the authorities who know what’s what are telling us? It’s especially important to get the attention of young people. They’re out there still learning about life and it’s up to us to continually educate them on how serious this is. They need to know this isn’t something that’s just on TV, but possibly in their own backyard. Sometimes music, having a good beat and a catchy chorus, I the most effective way to reach them. It’s called a hook for a reason. Once we produced the song, I listened to it a few times, and that hook is stuck in my head. Now I can’t stop singing it - which is good, because it’s a daily reminder to myself to do all the things I need to do to stay safe.

It occurs to me that so much of what the kids these days listen to in hip-hop music is artists talking about phony lifestyle stuff.  My song is like me telling them, yeah, it’s cool if you want that lifestyle, but you should also listen to and create positive helpful messages during this time of great need. You won’t have any of the things you aspire to if you don’t follow these procedures and you die.

When I first wrote “The Coronavirus,” I didn’t realize just how much impact it might have, but now I think it’s one of the best, and surely the most important, song I’ve written. Because it’s the truth about what we’re dealing with, the new reality we are living in and the precautions we must take to stay alive. Awareness is everything, and I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to that in my small way. I’ve always said that God will bless you when He feels you’re ready for it, and this is certainly the case with creating this song.
Learn more at; news and updates Watch his music, performance and commentary videos at 

Listen at, or, and/or You can follow him on Instagram at darrellkellyofficial.

Entertainment News

DARRELL KELLEY “The Coronavirus”

Even though I have been releasing tracks and albums since 2018, I never considered myself an artist until I started getting responses from people telling me that my songs were resonating with them. To this day, I still think of myself more as a per...



During these tumultuous times, people are feeling a loss that is akin to grieving.  Grieving for their former lives and ways and it is unclear when things will return to “normal.”  Grieving for the “certainty” they tell themselves they had prior ...

Stephanie Hochman of My Luv Notes - avatar Stephanie Hochman of My Luv Notes

Music During the COVID 19

On Saturday, March 7th, the first throngs of bikers began rumbling their way toward Daytona Beach for another year of its infamous annual event – Bike Week. During the week, the endless growl of their engines seems to suffocate all other sounds out...

Hannah Summer of GREYE - avatar Hannah Summer of GREYE

Stephen Wrench “Life’s a Sham” Album

On April 14th the single “Life’s a Sham” will be released. Some songs take months and even years to write but “Life’s a Sham” was written in 15 minutes. After writing the lyrics I picked up my guitar and the first music that I played I knew that ...

Stephen Wrench - avatar Stephen Wrench

Darrell Kelley perfectly meets our unique, challenging moment in history with “The Coronavirus”

“The Coronavirus”   With the release of his powerful, no holds barred song “The Coronavirus,” Darrell Kelley perfectly meets our unique, challenging moment in history by addressing our strange new day to day reality and its attendant fears and s...

Tom Estey - avatar Tom Estey

ALLOCAI - Cruelty

With the April 3 release of his stylistically eclectic and hard-hitting debut album Cruelty, emerging artist Allocai is not merely sharing the often-harsh truths of his life experiences and his journey from darkness and pain to hope and light. ...

Tom Estey - avatar Tom Estey

My musical journey or how I began to sing on a dare

Bonjour,  je m’appelle Chloé Perrier. I am a French Jazz singer/Chanteuse based in NYC for the past 6 1/2 years. When you love it, every half counts. I was born in Myans, a very small village in the French alps. My house was in the middle of a ...

Chloé Perrier - avatar Chloé Perrier

ALLOCAI The Process

As a songwriter, I can personally vow that one of the most fulfilling moments in creating music is when you complete a killer song that you genuinely enjoy but sometimes this fulfillment and joy comes at a price. The frustration, indecisiveness and...


Destiny Malibu : My Musical Journey

I still remember the day, at the age of five, I put some black headphones over my hair that were nearly as big as my head, and stood in front of a microphone for the first time. The studio was already a warm and familiar place.  But this was new.    ...

Destiny Malibu - avatar Destiny Malibu

DARRELL KELLEY First Person Musical Journey

I grew up in Boston surrounded by music. I give full credit for cultivating my talents to the inspiration and encouragement of my uncle, William Baskin, who was a performer, choreographer and artist manager, my aunt Donna DeRosa and my mother Sandr...

Darrell Kelley - avatar Darrell Kelley

Stephen Wrench my musical journey

I always loved music. I grew up in Syracuse, New York. My mother’s family was from Tampa,Florida. Every year we used to drive down to Florida to visit. I remember when I was 5 years old, we stopped at a diner to eat. The jukebox was playing. I go...

Stephen Wrench - avatar Stephen Wrench

The Creation of MY LUV NOTES®,The Brand

A Musical Sanctuary for the Soul In an otherwise perilous and difficult world, there was a call for refuge, a safe place, an expressive and creative venue for my thoughts feelings and melodies and thus the My Luv Notes® Brand was created. My h...

Stephanie Hochman - avatar Stephanie Hochman

Why We’re Committed to Puerto Rico

First let me say again that it’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve the people of Puerto Rico with our God-given talents at Pure Mission Entertainment (PME). However, it saddens and grieves my heart that such catastrophes c...

Willie J Pure Mission Entertainment - avatar Willie J Pure Mission Entertainment


A true socially conscious Renaissance man for our time, Darrell Kelley has been an unstoppable creative and grooving force of nature since getting back to his first love of music and dropping his debut album Unity in 2018. Fusing his passions for...

Tom Estey - avatar Tom Estey

Destiny Malibu, one of the year’s 25 break-out artists

POP SINGER, SONGWRITER SET TO RELEASE "LO SIENTO" ON FEBRUARY 28th, 2020 ‘Destiny Malibu, one of the year’s 25 break-out artists’ - ‘Independent singer, songwriter, talent, inspiration...a young person that actually cares...genuine...

Tom Estey - avatar Tom Estey



Are you planning to go on a trip? Possibly, you do not know what things are most necessary on a trip. In this article, we will guide you through some important tips. These tips help you to...

News Company - avatar News Company

New Baggage Regulations to Help Aussie Parents Travel with Infants

Travelling around the globe has never been easy, especially when infants tag along for the trip. One of the main issues that parents often have to deal with is the need to bring extra item...

News Company - avatar News Company

Maya Beach Opens to Tourists

Despite recent reports that Southern Thailand's famous Maya Beach will close for three months this year, in fact no decision to this effect has been made by Thai authorities. Phi Phi Nati...

Maevadi Rosenfeldt - avatar Maevadi Rosenfeldt


Breaking News & Opinion