Singer, songwriter and current Metro Nashville Police Sergeant Henry Particelli recently released “Your Name,” a song he penned to reflect an officer’s perspective on the recent acts of social injustice across the nation.
“I was on my way to work, and I was listening to a talk radio discussion about Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd’s deaths,” says Henry, who pursued a music career until he joined MNPD in 2010. “The song came together quickly, because these are raw emotions that all of us are feeling. I wanted to humanize the badge and let listeners know that yes, we hurt and feel the heartbreak and outrage. I hope it heals a few hearts.”
The self-funded song and music video were recorded at the historic Sound Emporium in Nashville. Tim Sutherland and Ron Peterson of Pick 2 Productions produced and directed the simple yet moving video, which has a surprising and chill-inspiring ending. The video features members of Nashville law enforcement and first responders’ community. For Henry, it was imperative that he show the community connection in the visual format of the song, because that’s ultimately where his intentions were directed when he penned “Your Name.”
While personal to himself, Particelli almost didn’t record “Your Name.” Juanita Copeland, President/COO of the Sound Emporium, first offered the studio’s resources after she heard Particelli perform his song “We Are The Good Guys” at an officer’s funeral. She and Henry later co-founded The Good Guys Foundation to support families of fallen officers and assist officers who have sustained career ending injuries. Copeland also serves as production assistant for Trisha Yearwood and played “Your Name” for the country star’s iconic husband Garth Brooks.
Juanita shared: “When I played the song for Garth, he said, ‘Man, that’s a really good song. Very powerful. Do you know the songwriter?’ Then I told him that yes, I know Henry, and that he is a Metro Nashville Police Department Sgt. And he said ‘You tell him I said he needs to do this song himself in uniform. It needs to be him. He will have the most impact with this song. He has some healing he can do with this song.’”
“Your Name” is currently available at Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, Google Play and Spotify, and the music video will debut today, Thursday, August 6 at 2 p.m. E|P, on The Heartland Network’s Country Music Today block.