Tom Morello and Dan Reynolds have teamed up for a new charity single called “Stand Up.”
Along with the Rage Against the Machine guitarist and the Imagine Dragons frontman, “Stand Up” also features producer The Bloody Beetroots, plus singer-songwriter and activist Shea Diamond. All four artists are donating all the proceeds they receive to the NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
“I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois,” Morello says in a statement. “When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people.”
“It seems that the times, they are a’changin’,” the guitarist continues. “I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete.”
You can download “Stand Up” now via digital outlets.
By Josh Johnson
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