If you are an American performer, here's an opportunity for you to help our nation heal and unite following one of the most contentious national elections of our lifetime.
FIRST, record yourself singing the adapted lyrics (below) by Nolan Williams, Jr. using the tune for America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee). For reference, view the video below.
SECOND, post your video on all your social media channels, especially Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtags:
THIRD, in your posts, TAG A FRIEND TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE!
('My Country, 'Tis of Thee')
Adapted lyrics by
Nolan Williams, Jr.
Let music swell the breeze
and ring from all the trees
God, let our nation see
our great democracy
Let freedom ring!
Conceived & directed by
Nolan Williams, Jr.
Co-directed & Co-edited by
Co-edited by Michael DuBose
feat. Kevin McAllister
Special thanks to
The U.S. National Park Service
The America Song Project is a viral video campaign celebrating American democracy and the peaceful transition of power. Conceived by Nolan Williams, Jr.—composer, producer, music director and cultural curator—and produced by NEWorks Productions, the project features diverse performers from across the nation singing Williams' adapted lyrics for the patriotic anthem, America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee).
America was originally penned in 1831 by Samuel Francis Smith, a Baptist minister, journalist and author. Drawing inspiration from the God Save the Queen melody, Smith wrote American patriotic lyrics to this English hymn tune, premiering the song for an Independence Day celebration on July 4, 1831.
Now, this former de facto U.S. national anthem has been revised by Williams as a call for national unity following one of the most contentious elections of our lifetime. In the words of President Ronald Reagan:
"The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-four-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle."