Thursday, March 14, 2024

The Tennessee Freedom Singers - "Tennessee Rise"

Photo by Ray Di Pietro

The Tennessee Freedom Singers Project was started by Allison Russell out of "resistance from the rise of extremist forces" and "an unwillingness to accept the rollback of protections for historically marginalized groups." The project features a huge number of musicians: Allison Russell, Amanda Shires, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, Brittney Spencer, Brooke Eden, Denitia, Devon Gilfillian, Elizabeth Cook, Emmylou Harris, Erin Rae, Fancy Hagood, Jaimee Harris, Julie Williams, Kam Franklin, Katie Pruitt, Kyshona Armstrong, Langhorne Slim, Lilly Winwood, Lucie Silvas, Maren Morris, Mary Gauthier, Meghan Linsey, Meghan McCormick, Mya Byrne, MORGXN, Paul McDonald, Phillip-Michael Scales, Ruby Amanfu, Sam Ashworth, Sara Van Buskirk, Shelly Colvin, Tre Burt , and Wade Sapp. The project was brought together to support Gloria Johnson and her campaign for US Senate. The artists involved have pledged to donate any proceeds they receive from the song to the campaign. "Tennessee Rise" is like a modern day "We Are the World," but in the style of The Staples Singers. It's a powerful song, and also just a great one, even without the cause.

You can watch the video for "Tennessee Rise" below. 

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