I bought the downloadable version of this new Obama fundraising, community building album, Yes We Can! Voices Of A Grassroots Movement. It costs $24.99 for eighteen songs. Or $30 for a CD. I put it on iTunes and am blasting it in the gallery. The vocal artists are Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Dave Stuart, Shontelle, Los Lonly Boys, John Legend, BeBe Winans, Suai, Jill Scott, Ozamantli, Jackson Browne, Cheryl Crow, Malik Yusef with Kane West and Adam Levine, Yolanda Adams, Keb' Mo, Karen Stacey and Buddy Miller.
The music is great and I love hearing Obama's speeches and words mixed into the tracks. A recording of Martin Luther King giving his I Have A Dream speech behind BeBe Winan's I have A Dream - it's hard for me to listen without crying.
This beautiful album is not just fun and inspiring to listen to, it's also a great organizing tool. As an old folkie, I never underestimate the power of music to educate and inspire. 100% of the proceeds go to the Obama '08 campaign. You can buy it from the Obama '08 website. Click here
The following is from the press release by album producers Hidden Beach, the independent record label in Santa Monica, CA:
"Spearheaded by Hidden Beach CEO and Founder Steve McKeever, Yes We Can came about as a result of a broad-based and increasingly urgent desire by artists and other conscious individuals to join in the grassroots efforts to bring about positive change. Hidden Beach, widely respected for innovation, quality and a commitment to social empowerment, was considered the logical place to harness this energy and bring this project to light.
The call for material and participation inspired more than 150 submissions from some of the industry’s most respected, talented and accomplished artists hailing from all music forms and backgrounds. Whether current hits, new tunes or classic tracks, central to the material chosen for Yes We Can are the songs paralleling the Obama campaign’s core ideas of patriotism, perseverance and a sense of shared responsibility, among other concepts defining this historic movement.
“This year’s election has inspired unprecedented enthusiasm and activism. Obama supporters from Nevada to New Hampshire are finding their own way to get involved– volunteering to knock on doors, registering new voters, and artists have created new works, including posters, sculptures, and music,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Moira Mack. “With the stakes so high and November right around the corner, we are thankful to all the Obama supporters who are communicating the importance of voting in this election.”
“Thanks to the hard working staff at the entire Obama campaign along with the help of some of the world’s top artists and industry professionals, we’ve created what we believe to be the first-ever presidential campaign compilation,” said McKeever. “The incredible response by the creative community to this project underscores how deeply inspiring this campaign has been across boundaries. The artists involved here truly reflect America’s diversity, and speak to a real grassroots approach to affecting change.”