Tanya Gillespie | Justice: An Anthology of Courage

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Justice: An Anthology of Courage

by Tanya Gillespie

Reggae vibes with a social justice message.
Genre: Reggae: Pop-Reggae
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rooftop
3:05 $0.99
2. High on Life
3:25 $0.99
3. Keep On
3:27 $0.99
4. Missing Woman
3:37 $0.99
5. Guardian
3:01 $0.99
6. So They Say
3:29 $0.99
7. Abide with Me
2:58 $0.99
8. Justice
3:30 $0.99
9. Stolen Identity
4:17 $0.99
10. Justice Train
3:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
Caroline Margaret was my birth mother. She was born in England to a white Irish mother and a black Jamaican father. She was moved to Vancouver with her mother and her siblings at five years old.
I’m told she was a charismatic and feisty girl and she ended up on the street at 12 years old. She had me when she was 18 years old, and my older sister at 16.
I don’t remember her.
She ended up on the street because of family troubles, and to support herself she worked in the escort business. She was as clean as she ever was when she had me, and was in a halfway house to try and get to safety.
She was murdered at 22. There were 22 other women murdered the same way within a 2 year time period. No one was ever caught and there was no further investigation. These crimes remain unsolved.
When I was 14 my intuition told me she was dead, and this knowing was confirmed to me when I was 20, after my birth sister found out she was dead.
I’ve had an unquenchable drive to tell her story and speak for those who did not have a voice, including myself, since my young teenage years.
This is my war cry. My deep guttural imperative saying “Listen!”
And this is how I do it – my first language is music, and this is why I’m creating this CD.

My mother was a person who wanted to laugh and hang out and do everyday things, and she never had that chance.
Justice: an anthology of courage is about my mother, but it includes many other stories because I feel stories are universal, and we are strengthened when we come together and share stories and experience.
The only way we create movement is with energy, and energy happens through communal communication. Hearing other people’s stories allows us to connect to the bigger picture and gets us out of ourselves, realizing that our stories affect each other, and whether we like it or not, we can’t escape our experiences.
This is why I’m creating this CD, and this is why I’m asking for help.
Caroline Margaret was my birth mother. This is for her. This is for everyone.



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