In the realm of human expression, few things possess the transformative power of music. As the adage goes, "A picture is indeed worth a thousand words," but when you infuse music into those words, you unlock the potential to shape or reshape an entire culture. From music videos to an animated children's series, I am again embarking on a journey to impact culture through the arts.
My recent endeavors include three new music videos—Golden Thread, Grown Folk Business, and Your Am Can Change, which serve as catalysts for fostering meaningful discussions about cultural transformation. While some may view these projects as a newfound creative surge, my roots in the literary and entertainment world span over five decades, albeit discreetly.
Throughout my lifetime, I have remained grounded in certain unwavering constants—the steadfast support of loving parents, the unconditional love of God, and the profound realization of how music, art, literature, and entertainment collectively influence personal perspectives and global culture.
Reflecting on history, I recall the pivotal role music played during the tumultuous Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century. It possessed the remarkable ability to inspire and motivate individuals. However, if not crafted for positive outcomes, music can also incite discord and violence, leaving communities in despair. Within this charged atmosphere, I penned my inaugural song, "Let Freedom Ring."
You may know me as Dr. Alveda King, the evangelist and human rights activist. However, in recent months, I have returned to the music and video studios enthusiastically, rekindling my identity as a creative musical artist. Similar to my evangelism and human rights work, my mission has always been to unify God's people, moving beyond the boundaries that divide us. Music, I've observed, holds a unique power to bring together communities that, on the surface, appear to share nothing in common. Remember, in the aftermath of 9/11, our once-divided Congress stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and harmoniously sang, "God Bless America."
As my 73rd birthday approaches, I find myself reminiscing about timeless songs—those that united Americans beyond race and socio-economic lines. Classics like What's Going On, Love Train, I'll Always Love You, What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love, We Are the World, and Amazing Grace reinforce my conviction.
It's my honor to add new projects to my body of work. I'm currently lending my voice to the role of Harriet Tubman in Dr. Ben and Candy Carson's Little Patriots cartoon series. I'm also excited to announce that I'll be joining Destiny Yarborough in December for a special event, Christmas All Aglow. These creative efforts sincerely fulfill me. I am excited that they are works that will inform and inspire unity and understanding.
If you harbor an inspiring song or any creative expression in your heart, remember that the world is waiting to witness your unique contribution. Now is the time to release faith, hope, and love into this generation, this decade, and this year—on every available platform.