While her professional life continues to hit high after high, Jhené Aiko‘s personal world was hit with an all-time low last week when her 26-year-old brother Miyagi lost his bout with cancer. To pay tribute to her beloved big bro, the lovely singer/songwriter penned an intensely personal record called, appropriately, “For My Brother,” which she initially intended to play only for him. He heard it on Thursday night, but tragically passed away the same night so now that he’s passed, she’s decided to make the song public and show us all just how much Miyagi meant to her.
Jhené shared the song on her Tumblr page Wednesday evening, along with a description of how it came to be:
I wrote and recorded this myself on my lap top, for my brother…. Miyagi . this song was really just intended for him to hear….. but i thought it would be nice to share ….
i was so nervous to play it for him myself, so when i left to San Francisco on Thursday I had my TT play it for him….
She said his breath got calm as he listened and i know he heard every word ….
later that night he became the angel he was born to be and i am so grateful that he got to hear this before he left on his infinite journey….
now i hear him telling ME , what i was singing to him… to not give up .
i love you SO much Miyagi!!!! . Everything x2 now. Everything for you now ….
A beautiful song created for a beautiful reason, but, unfortunately, under tragic circumstances.
R.I.P Miyagi Hasani Ayo Chilombo (Jhene Aiko’s brother) 07/07/1986-19/7/2012