In my ten years in America, I've seen this great country go from a land of opportunity to a place where its youth has no hope. I feel that I can have a direct impact in getting youth to vote through music.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 30, 2008
An unprecedented coalition of five artists from the far reaches of the world has recorded "Make It To The Sun," a song they hope will inspire disenfranchised voters and inner city youth in America to vote in the upcoming 2008 presidential election. Artists from England, Sri Lanka, Canada, Mexico and the United States have pooled their talents to spread Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's message of "Change We Can Believe In." With that directive, England's Dancehall superstar Maxwell D., Toronto songwriter Beverley Marquis, Mexican-born Oscar "Ozzy" Doniz and U.S.-born rapper Mo Greene collaborated with Sri Lankan-born music producer Ru Samath to record "Make It To The Sun," a reggae-meets world-meets-hip-hop song that emphasizes the importance of participating in a free election.
"Make It To The Sun" is a collaborative group effort, with all music composed by Samath, engineering and guitar by Doniz, and lyrics written and performed by Marquis, Greene and Maxwell D. "Make It To The Sun" weaves excerpts from Barack Obama's stirring 2008 Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech. As Obama points out, "What the naysayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me - it's about you." With that empowering phrase as a reference point, "Make It To The Sun" expresses these world citizens' plea of change for the better in a time scarred by war and economic calamity.
"Make It To The Sun" is available as a MySpace download myspace.com/thebirdcall, with all proceeds to be donated to the Barack Obama election campaign. An accompanying video is in the making, and will be posted on YouTube in the coming weeks.
The Minds Behind "Make It To The Sun":
Ruwanga "Ru" Samath: This Sri Lankan native has lived in the United States for the past ten years, and will be sworn in as a U.S. citizen in 2009. This award-winning producer formed his music production company, The Bird Call Productions, in early 2000, and has since gone on to create music and remixes for Beyonce, Britney Spears and more. Samath won the 2007 Los Angeles Music Award's "Best Rock Music in Film" for "Saw IV". He composed music for rapper Ludacris and rocker Tommy Lee's TLC/Planet Green TV show "Battleground Earth: Ludacris vs. Tommy Lee," and recently completed music for the new Sony Video game "The Agency" (2009). Samath comments on the importance of "Make It To The Sun": "In my ten years in America, I've seen this great country go from a land of opportunity to a place where its youth has no hope. I feel that I can have a direct impact in getting youth to vote through music."
Maxwell D.: England's premiere Dancehall artist, Maxwell D. also boasts two nationalities, one as a Jamaican and as a British citizen. His credits include Top 15 U.K. charter "Champagne Dance" and "You're Not Serious," which reached # 31. He also has collaborated with major artists such as Ludacris. Maxwell D. says of his participation: "I was more impressed with Obama--not because of the color of his skin, but for what he has to say. I feel that what happens in America affects what happens not only in England, but the world as a whole."
Beverley Marquis: A Canadian citizen born in Dubai to Indian parents. One of The Bird Call Productions' main songwriters, Marquis has composed songs with pop artist Kesha, and with top songwriter Robert Allen (Rhianna's "Disturbia" and Chris Brown's "Forever"). Marquis also wrote and performed one of the main theme songs for the new Sony Video game "The Agency (2009)." Marquis says. "If a key does not work on the particular lock, use another key, and for eight years, the Republicans have been that wrong key."
Mo Greene: The only U.S.-born participant on "Make It To The Sun," Greene also comes from a mixed-race marriage. A recent graduate of Northwestern University, Greene made an impact at the university by being the first hip-hop/rap artist to secure the prestigious second slot at the school's highly popular "Dillo Day" concert for two consecutive years. His debut album will be in stores through The Bird Call Productions in 2009. Greene says of "Make It To The Sun": "Having gone to Northwestern and seeing Obama in action first-hand, I had to roll up my sleeves and get involved. The original version of the song was not made with the intention of being a campaign song, but the issues involved were a part of what Obama's message contained, so we remixed it with his speech into its present version."
Oscar "Ozzy" Doniz: Mexico City-born Doniz has been in the U.S. since 2001. He attended the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA to pursue recording engineering. He has worked with Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, former Menudo singer Robi Rosa, and as chief engineer for Latin music producer Gustavo Farias. Doniz says of his participation: "I got involved in the hope that the song's message will reach young people and will make them aware of how important this election is."