Singer/songwriter KaiL Baxley‘s experiences are as diverse as the day is long–the Los Angeles-based South Carolina native and son of a couple of outlaws who learned to dance from James Brown–the Godfather of Soul himself–has been an amateur boxer, a gunshot survivor, a football star, and a traveling troubadour. Those narratives naturally inform his art, producing songs that cut deep for those of all walks of life. Today, Baxley unveils new track “These Arms Are Open,” from his forthcoming album. The single is out tomorrow via AntiFragile Music.

“I wrote this song sitting in a yurt in the middle of the Nicaraguan jungle over Christmas,” he explains. “The interesting thing about living that way is that your circadian rhythm naturally falls in line with the rising and setting of the sun and it kinda creates this inner harmony and appreciation for things. I’d first noticed it watching the sun set one day over the ocean. I was just strumming the guitar lazily and a melody appeared,” he adds. “This was the first song I wrote for this new record.”

With the smooth-as-silk husk of his vocal style, Baxley smolders has he croons, reassuring us that he is there if needed. This song is as hot as the summer heat, and we can’t get enough. Have mercy.

Without further ado, East of 8th presents “These Arms Are Open” by KaiL Baxley:

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