JonoJosh – „HALF“

„I wrote “Half” reflecting on my identity as a mixed-race person. A few years ago I was asked to play Gilbert Blythe in the Charlottetown Festival’s production of Anne of Green Gables. It was one of the biggest honours of my life. 

I was the first person of colour to play that role on a professional stage but I didn’t realize it until after an article came out where the headline read, “JJ Gerber first non-white actor to play Gilbert.“ I thought to myself, „That’s not completely accurate.“ My dad is white and my mother is black. Culturally I’m both white and black.  

As I played the part I had numerous people come up and tell me what it meant to see a person like them on stage. Thinking about it, I realized that I hadn’t ever had that experience myself. 

I wrote this song because I’m not just “half,” I’m whole. One side doesn’t take away from the other. 

One’s existence is a tapestry of stories, and “Half” is the embodiment of as many experiences from my life that I could include in a three-minute song. 

I want people who are of mixed race to be proud of their heritage. By showing my pride in who I am, I hope others will be able to do the same. 

Thank you for listening,“