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After Hours: Songs of Protest

Posted on: April 28, 2021

Premieres Friday, June 11th at 5:00 p.m. PT

After Hours: Songs of Protest honors and celebrates incredible music that galvanizes social justice. This program of truly iconic songs—made famous by performers like Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, among many others—is specially curated by host (and our astounding Artist in Residence) Russell Thomas. Soprano Brandie Sutton, baritone Justin Austin, drummer Jonathan Barber, pianist Damien Sneed and bass player Michael Olatuja will deliver extraordinary performances of this distinctive program. 

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Songs of Protest 

"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free"
Music by Billy Taylor; lyrics by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas
Brandie Sutton, soprano; Justin Austin, baritone

"I Dream a World"
Music by Damien Sneed; lyrics by Lankston Hughes
Justin Austin, baritone

"Someday We’ll All Be Free"
Music by Donny Hathaway; lyrics by Edward Howard
Brandie Sutton, soprano

"Oh, Freedom" 
African American spiritual
Justin Austin, baritone

"Strange Fruit"
Music and lyrics by Abel Meeropol
Brandie Sutton, soprano 

"What’s Going On"
Music and lyrics by Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Marvin Gaye
Justin Austin, baritone

"Come Sunday"
Music and lyrics by Duke Ellington
Brandie Sutton, soprano 

"A Change is Gonna Come"
Music and lyrics by Sam Cooke
Justin Austin, baritone

"Four Women"
Music and lyrics by Nina Simone
Brandie Sutton, soprano 

"Coalhouse’s Soliloquy" from Ragtime
Music by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Justin Austin, baritone

"Black and Blue" 
Music by Fats Waller;  lyrics by Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf
Brandie Sutton, soprano 


"Mississippi Goddam"
Music and lyrics by Nina Simone

Brandie Sutton, soprano; Justin Austin, baritone

"Poor Wayfaring Stranger"
Traditional; arranged by Roberto Burton
Brandie Sutton, soprano

"I’m a Poor Li’l Orphan in This World"
African American spiritual; arranged by Julia Perry
Justin Austin, baritone


"Ain’t gone let nobody turn me around"
Traditional; lyricist unknown; arranged by Damien Sneed
Brandie Sutton, soprano

"Did My Lord Deliver Daniel"
African American spiritual; arranged by Courtney D. Carey
Justin Austin, baritone

"Hold On"
African American spiritual; arranged by Ramón Bryant Braxton
Brandie Sutton, soprano

"I Want Jesus to Walk with Me"
African American spiritual
Justin Austin, baritone

"God Bless America"
Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
Brandie Sutton, soprano

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