Music has the power to inspire, heal and ignite change. Singer Robert E. Person and pianist Allyn Johnson have penned “Let My People Live”, a collaborative musical statement promoting peace, unity and love amid the perils of today’s society.
“Let My People Live”, available now on iTunes, Google Play and other digital music outlets, examines the recent social conditions of police brutality, heightened racial conflict and the many challenges of cultural acceptance.
In acknowledgement of Black History Month and in personal conviction to encourage unity on a global scale, jazzmen Person and Johnson created this emotionally charged and intricately arranged anthem of awareness. They stylistically merged in trumpeter Dre King and sanctioned rapper Deacon Izzy to flow a poetic account of the growing tragic occurrences played out in the communities of the U.S.
“All lives won’t matter until black lives do,” Deacon Izzy conveys. “As artists, we will always speak truth through our music. I ask that you hear our voice, understand our story and walk with us as we change the world for the better. We will never forget those we have lost in the struggle for equal treatment under the law. They are always with us and we honor their legacy through this song.”
Music, in many cases, is the bridge to social movements. Person and his musical colleagues have commissioned themselves to use Jazz, Inspirational music, Rap and lyrics as a tool of goodwill and in advocacy of human tolerance. “Let My People Live is my first effort at lending my voice to a movement,” Person shares. “It is my intent to affirm and promote that love always wins.”
Listen to “Let My People Live”: