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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 for free (no ticket required) 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 – By Billy Taylor & Dick Dallas / Arranged by Damien Sneed 
Justin Austin, Brandie Sutton 

Poor Wayfaring Stranger – Arranged by Roberto L. Burton 
Brandie Sutton 

I’m A Poor Li’l Orphan In This Worl’ - By Julia Perry  
Justin Austin 

Lord, How Come Me Here - Arranged by Brandie Sutton 
Brandie Sutton 

I Want Jesus To Walk With MeArranged by Justin Austin  
Justin Austin 

Come Sunday – By Duke Ellington / Arranged by Damien Sneed 
Brandie Sutton, piano, drums, bass 

Coalhouse’s Soliloquy from Ragtime – By Stephen Flaherty 
Justin Austin 

Four Women – By Nina Simone 
Brandie Sutton, drums, bass 

Lift Every Voice and Sing - By James Weldon Johnson & John Rosamund Johnson 

Oh, Freedom – Arranged by Damien Sneed 
Justin Austin 

Freedom – By Duke Ellington 
Brandie Sutton, drums, bass 

I Dream A World – By Damien Sneed 
Justin Austin 

Strange Fruit – By Abel Meeropol 
Brandie Sutton 

Battle Hymn of the Republic - By Julia Ward Howe / Arranged By Damien Sneed 
Justin Austin, drums, bass 

Hold OnArranged By Ramon Bryant Braxton   
Brandie Sutton 

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free – By Billy Taylor & Dick Dallas / Arranged by Damien Sneed 
Justin Austin, Brandie Sutton, drums, bass 

Listen to "Oh Freedom: Protest and Liberty Through Music

The Singers

Soprano
Brandie Sutton
Baritone
Justin Austin

The Musicians

Pianist
Damien Sneed
Bassist
Michael Olatuja
Drummer
Jonathan Barber
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