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Digital After Hours: Songs of Protest Digital After Hours: Songs of Protest

Premiering Friday, June 11 at 5pm

A digital recital honoring and celebrating unforgettable music that galvanizes social justice,

This collection of works made famous by musical icons like Nina Simone ("Strange Fruit"), Marvin Gaye ("What's Going on"), Sam Cooke ("A Change is Gonna Come") and Donny Hathaway ("Someday We'll All Be Free")—among many others—has been specially curated by host Russell Thomas, LAO's LAO Artist in Residence.

Five powerful performers—soprano Brandie Sutton, baritone Justin Austin, pianist Damien Sneed, drummer Jonathan Barber and bass player Michael Olatuja—deliver extraordinary renditions of these game-changing musical works.

Available to Stream here beginning on Friday, June 11 at 5pm PST

View tHE full SONG LIST by clicking "Read More" below.

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

The Singers

Soprano
Brandie Sutton
Baritone
Justin Austin

The Musicians

Pianist
Damien Sneed
Bassist
Michael Olatuja
Drummer
Jonathan Barber
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