THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD | NEW SINGLE BY SADIE JEMMETT
British singer-songwriter writes protest song in response to brutal murder of black man by police
Single released to raise funds for non-profit NAACP organisation to eliminate race-based discrimination
Jemmett compared to Springsteen and Dylan in songwriting terms
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British singer-songwriter Sadie Jemmett’s new single is a response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the widespread anger and sorrow it has provoked.
The track was recorded at her home studio during lockdown and has been released immediately through her Bandcamp page with all money raised going to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
The track is in keeping with the protest songs of the 1960s and 70s, from artists such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, CSNY and Judy Collins.
It was written and recorded in three days as a response to the brutal news footage of George Floyd’s death and in solidarity with the many protests that have been taking place globally.
In an artist statement, Jemmett said: “I have written this protest song as a response to the brutal and unlawful killing of George Floyd. I understand that as a white person I can have no real experience of what black communities have to live through.
"But as a songwriter I can use my voice to stand in solidarity with communities, friends and fellow musicians all over the world. Any future revenue made from this song will go to the naacp.org to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and wellbeing of all persons.
"The track is available via my Bandcamp page with the option that people can pay whatever they want or can afford.”
No stranger to writing politically charged songs, in 2019 Sadie released the single Don’t Silence Me, which was picked up as an anthem by the #metoo movement and on her third studio album, Phoenix, she wrote The Wilder Shores of Love about the refugee crisis.
The single has already gained national radio and she was compared to songwriters Springsteen and Dylan by Johnny Steingold, host of Dixieflier Americana Radio show.
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Sadie Jemmett’s extraordinary songs reflect a remarkable life, from a wildly bohemian childhood and teenage runaway to her role today as one of the most original singer-songwriters to excite our ears in many years.
Sadie’s latest album Phoenix was released June 2019 on TwoUpTwoDown Records/Absolute Universal and produced and recorded by Joby Baker (Cowboy Junkies, The Waylin’ Jennys) on Vancouver Island, Canada.
‘Don’t Silence Me’, the critically acclaimed single and music video from the album has already made international headline news on both CBS and the BBC and has been hailed as ‘ A powerful Anthem for the #metoo movement’ .
Sadie’s first album,‘The Blacksmith’s Girl’, was mixed and produced in Los Angeles by Grammy winner David Bianco (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash). The album was released in autumn 2011 to critical acclaim on Wildflower Records, the label run by American folk legend Judy Collins, with whom Sadie has toured the UK .
London Love Songs, Sadie’s second album, was recorded partly at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, London.
In 2018 Sadie released ‘These Days: Live At The Green Note’ earning a four-star review in Maverick Magazine.
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June 22, 2020 7:00am ET by Two Up Two Down Records