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Raise Your Voice!: The Sound of Student Protest

by Various Artists

A collection of musical and spoken-word pieces written and performed by students from Parkland and other parts of the country in response to Parkland and other school shootings.
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1. Shine
Sawyer Garrity & Andrea Pena
3:33 $0.99
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2. Raise Your Voice
Madison Yearsley
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3. Save Me
Tyler Jenkins
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4. A Poem for the Fallen
Saida Dahir
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5. Renegades
Amalia Fleming
3:59 $0.99
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6. The Truth
John W. Lavelle Preparatorycharter School Ap Music Class
3:25 $0.99
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7. 17
Ben Soto
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8. The Separation
Ashlyn Flamer & Christopher Doleman
4:10 $0.99
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9. Little Princess
Tyler Suarez
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10. Freedom
Nina Lee
3:59 $0.99
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11. We Can
High School for the Performing Arts, St Paul. Mn.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The courage and moral clarity shown by the student survivors of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida struck an immediate emotional chord with the American public, bringing home the reality of gun violence. The situation is powerfully addressed on Raise Your Voice, a collection of musical and spoken-word pieces written and performed by students from Parkland and other parts of the country in response to Parkland and other school shootings.

Slated for a timely release by the non-profit Little Village Foundation on October 5, 2018—one month prior to the all-important midterm elections—Raise Your Voice collects a cross-section of impassioned new pieces written and performed by students from across the United States. The material includes a new version of the widely heard original composition "Shine," by Marjory Stoneman Douglas students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña. Other tracks for Raise Your Voice were recorded by Little Village Foundation founder Jim Pugh in various locations across the United States.

Pugh was initially inspired to assemble Raise Your Voice after being contacted by Bowling Green State University ethnomusicologist Katherine Meizel. Meizel had written a story for NPR documenting students' musical responses in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

Similar to Little Village Foundation’s entire catalogue of releases that give all money raised through CD sales directly to the recording artists, Raise Your Voice's proceeds will be donated to a singular non-profit organization: Everytown for Gun Safety (https://everytown.org). Everytown supports a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

As Pugh notes, "The courage of these students is amazing. Everyone participating on the album is incredibly talented and their hearts are filled with love for their fellow students. Raise Your Voice is a cross-section of America. It includes young artists standing up from Morro Bay in California to a music class in New York City, but it's very focused in its sense of purpose. Raise Your Voice features a wide range of students who want to share their music at such a critical moment in our country. Raise Your Voice gives them an opportunity to have their voices out there, and to encourage other students to rise up. These students just want to keep our schools safe, and we feel this music will have the potential to strike at what’s going on in America.”

Featured Compositions on Raise Your Voice
Historically, students have been at the center of the most valiant social movements in America and across the globe. Raise Your Voice presents a cross section of students fighting for their lives and literally raising their voices to stop gun violence in schools. During the spring 2018 student protests, youth from all corners of the country wrote original compositions to help them heal and bring awareness to the incredible need to end gun violence in our schools. Raise Your Voice marks a distinct collection of 11 courageous original works that the world must hear.

Raise Your Voice opens with “Shine,” the anthem for today’s student protest movement against gun violence. Composed by students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña who both survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, “Shine” was written in the traumatic aftermath after the two students listened to the voice messages left on their phones. “Shine” garnered national attention when it was performed with the school’s drama club during a CNN-sponsored town hall. Sawyer and Andrea have gone on to found the non-profit organization #ShineMSD and released a recording of “Shine” on iTunes to raise funds. Raise Your Voice features a special acousitc rendition of “Shine.”

In 2012, Tyler Suarez (Bridgeport, CT) was in eighth grade when his aunt Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, was killed. Even at that age, Tyler used music “as a tool to understand life,” and while in New York for the funeral he began writing “Little Princess” with his grandfather, Joseph Cyr. On Raise Your Voice, Tyler Jenkins (New Haven, CT) contributes “Save Me,” a story told “from the perspective of someone who was taken down in a school shooting, someone whose memory would always live on” – a song about a young person whose dreams were ended, as are too many, with a bullet.

Madison Yearsley (Seneca Falls, NY) wrote the title track “Raise Your Voice,” which she performed at the “March For Our Lives” gathering in Seneca Falls, NY. “A Poem for the Fallen” is written by Saida Dahir (Salt Lake City, UT), an African American muslim who came to the U.S. as a child refugee. Her activism is fueled by her own lived experience. Dahir comments, “Young people are uniting, quickly coming of age to vote, and if the violence won’t end, we will change it.”

Amalia Fleming (Morro Bay, CA) pens “Renegades,” which reflects the pressures and anxieties her generation is experiencing with American politics moving in so many unpredictable directions. Fleming debuted “Renegades” at the 2017 Women’s March. The John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School's AP Music Class in Staten Island, NY wrote the song "The Truth: We Need Change," which was inspired by speeches from Parkland survivors Emma González and David Hogg.

17 students were killed as a result of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The number 17 is referenced in various songs throughout Raise Your Voice, and Ben Soto (Salt Lake City) pens a composition entitled, “17.” Asked to perform “17” at Salt Lake City’s National School Walkout, “17” memorializes those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, naming each one.

“The Separation” by Ashlyn Flamer and Christopher Doleman (Phenix City, AL) was inspired by the social upheaval following the 2016 election, with lyrics taking on issues such as poverty, hate, and the importance of letting people be their true selves. Along with their arts class, Ashlyn and Christopher performed “The Separation” live at a CNN-sponsored town hall during the National School Walkouts in March 2018.

Nina Lee (New York, NY) composed “Freedom” out of the shock that the Parkland shooting could have easily happened at her school. Impressed by the defiant and unifying work of the March For Our Lives, she sang at the March 24 protest in Washington Square Park. “Freedom” speaks to the healing influence of music, and the hope that music is there to help people.

“We Can” features faculty and students at the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul, MN, a school where many attendess have been personally touched by gun violence. “We Can” was produced following the Parkland shooting as a structured conversation between characters—one voice supporting the use of guns to fight violence, one speaking against it, and one a neutral observer. Student producer Kendarius Williams explains, “‘We Can’ is meant to convey that ‘there’s something better…a way to resolve problems without using guns.” HSRA students’ activism also extends beyond the studio—they performed “We Can” during the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C..

To celebrate the national release of Raise Your Voice, select performers featured on the album will perform live at San Francisco's renowned Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival on October 5, 2018.

Jim Pugh and various students appearing on Raise Your Voice are available for interviews upon request.

Raise Your Voice
Little Village Foundation
(Release Date: October 5, 2018)

Track Listing:

1. Shine (Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña)
2. Raise Your Voice (Madison Yearsley)
3. Save Me (Tyler Jenkins)
4. A Poem for the Fallen (Saida Dahir)
5. Renegades (Amalia Fleming)
6. The Truth: We Need Change (John W. Lavelle Prep. Charter School, AP Music Class)
7. 17 (Ben Soto)
8. The Separation (Ashlyn Flamer and Christopher Doleman)
9. Little Princess (Tyler Suarez)

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