With the controversial issues currently plaguing and dividing our country, it’s not surprising that artists of all genres are speaking out and using their platform to incite change. Delta Rae is the latest vocal group to use its collective voice for the greater good.
During a recent show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, the country-folk band encouraged fans to stand up in the face of injustice. Before playing an impassioned acoustic version of “All Good People,” the group’s Brittany Holljes tearfully told fans the song was initially inspired by the nine African-Americans who were murdered during a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015.
The gospel-inflected song, which the group performed around one mic, unfortunately remains relevant following the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, which took the life of protester Heather Heyer.
“There is a sickness in this country, and we have to raise our voices against it,” Brittany told the crowd, fighting back emotion. “Racism has never been dead. Start speaking out now.”
In “All Good People,” the group of siblings and friends sing: “I watched from my window as they gunned down unarmed men / Tried to say it’s not my problem, couldn’t happen to my friends / But the truth is they’re my brothers, and they’re my countrymen / And if we lose our better angels, we won’t get them back again.”
Delta Rae is currently on tour in support of their latest EP, “A Long and Happy Life.”