Watch Banks Translate Her Dream-Inspired Poem Into Sign Language

“Be like rainwater”

by Hafeezah Nazim

Banks has always drawn from personal experiences to create emotionally charged pop music. So when the singer stopped by our office to recite a poem she'd written based off a dream she'd had, we weren't surprised; not to say that we weren't still blown away by her use of sign language.

Banks later revealed she decided to take up sign language after being inspired by a conversation she had with two women the morning after her dream, and why she eventually wants to put on concerts for people who are deaf.

"I went on a walk that morning, these two women walked up to me. One of them was a Jehovah's Witness, but I noticed the other one wasn't talking at all. But the woman, the Jehovah's Witness, was signing to this woman," Banks tells us. "I started asking the woman who was deaf questions through the Jehovah's Witness: 'Do you still enjoy music at all? Do you listen to music? Do you feel music?' She signed back, 'Yeah, I do feel music, you can feel it through your body.'"

Watch Banks' powerful performance, above.


Produced by: Ren Potts

Directed by: Tina Vaden

Lead Camera: Maddy Talias 

Edited by: Tina Vaden

Starring: Banks