K. Michelle has just released the new song “Forward” which she recorded for the “The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired by Album” project. The r&b star is in rare form on the new song, showing off her powerful vocals on the touching ballad.

The project is being released via Atlantic Records and is a musical companion to the film which is set to open in theaters everywhere on Friday, October 7th, 2016.

“The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired by Album” was conceived by the film’s writer, director, and star Nate Parker to help “bridge the gap between 1831 and 2016 in a way that would allow young people to connect to Nat Turner’s legacy.” The album features some of the most influential artists in music right now which make up the 16 authentic tracks.