Trumpeter, producer, arranger, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Theo Crocker today debuts 'The Messenger,' the newest track off his forthcoming full-length album, Star People Nation. Featuring jazz pianist Elew, 'The Messenger' pairs a smoky blues piano with a traditional swing rhythm, locking into the pocket and showcasing Croker's mastery of the swing. The track has already garnered critical acclaim. Star People Nation is the musician's most personal project yet, something Croker describes as an intimate exploration of 'the everyday rituals of blackness.' A translation of his personal, spiritual and creative experience, the album is a self-reflective collection of powerfully passionate and boundary-busting compositions that speak to our greater, shared human existence.