Authors: Markese Bryant
Talk about fresh!
More than 40 songs were submitted by young artists honoring Dr. King’s dream by calling for economic justice and green solutions, as part of The Dream Reborn: Who’s Next? music contest. That’s a lot of talent and tracks.
But the people have spoken—more than 5,000 of them, voting on Facebook— and the first place winner is the song "7 Billion" [Listen] by Silent C featuring Invest. The winning song begins with a news reporter announcing that the population of the world has reached 7 billion as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his famous; "I Have a Dream," speech.
The song taps into the power and responsibility of the planet’s growing population to create positive change: "This is not a black thing, this is not a white thing, this is a world thing, power to the people, 7 billion strong," is the song’s refrain.
Silent C, a.k.a. Christian Dior Wade, a 20-year-old musician living in Atlanta, GA and Invest, an artist/entrepreneur who was born and raised in Oakland, teamed up for the winning song. They will receive the $1,000 grand prize prize – and the opportunity to have their music video produced by Green For All.
"I hope this song makes people realize that with seven billion people in the world, we need to come together more than ever to help each other and the planet we all share," said Silent C. "Promoting economic justice and green solutions is a great way to honor Dr. King’s dream."
Our competition also caught the attention of record producer Jack Knight, who has created songs for stars such as Diddy! and Jennifer Lopez. Silent C and Invest, and the other two top performers will receive one-on-one advice and feedback on their music from Knight.
The second-place song and winner of a $500 prize is "Climate Control" [Listen]. The track was written and performed by the Green Team, a talented group consisting of Marvelous, Moe Cash and MJ, students at the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul, MN. The artists wrote the song in hopes of making an impact and to raise awareness of the green economy and the problems in their neighborhoods.
Green For All held a similar contest in 2010 called The Dream Reborn. The Climate Change Crew, a group of middle school students in Minnesota, created the winning performance in that contest.
Stay tuned for the release of the music video!
To listen to the winning songs, please visit:
"7 Billion" by Silent C featuring Invest[Listen]
"Climate Control" by Green Team [Listen]
For More info on The Dream Reborn: Who’s Next? contest please visit:
Watch "Change is Needed" by The Climate Change Crew: