Hoedown maintain up! The Black Yeehaw Agenda is on and poppington…
BOSSIP’s nation bureau was geeked for Amazon Music’s announcement in the present day about For Love & Nation, a brand new Amazon Music Authentic feature-length documentary that proclaims nation music has all the time been Black music. The style not solely owes a part of its origin story to Black musicians, however via its historical past, outstanding Black voices have pushed the style ahead with little recognition or fanfare. Directed by director and photographer Joshua Kissi, For Love & Nation examines nation music via the private tales of a brand new era of Black artists claiming area in Nashville—and serving to to rework the style within the course of. The For Love & Nation trailer is out in the present day, and the movie will launch April 7 within the Amazon Music app and on Prime Video. Take a look at the trailer beneath:
YES! That is so dope and overdue and we’re notably excited to see extra from Joshua Kissi, who has finished a lot unimaginable work with Beyoncé and within the leisure and trend area.
“What I’ve come to comprehend is nation music as a style is simply as advanced as this nation itself,” Joshua Kissi mentioned in a launch in regards to the documentary. “Now’s the second to face up for the voices which have all the time mattered all through time, particularly the musicians who didn’t get the credit score when it was due.”
We’re additionally excited to see Mickey Guyton and Jimmie Allen participating within the doc — as two of the most well liked artists in nation music in the present day.
“I’ve all the time believed within the outdated saying, ‘for those who can see it, you might be it,’” Mickey Guyton mentioned within the launch for “For Love & Nation”. “Nonetheless, it’s no secret there was a scarcity of illustration of Black artists in mainstream nation music for years. That’s why I hope little Black ladies rising up now can see us, artists like Brittney, Reyna, Amythyst, Allison, Valerie, Frankie and me, and know they’ve a spot right here in nation music. All of us do.”
Along with the large names of coloration within the nation panorama, “For Love & Nation” additionally introduces us to and follows the brand new crop of Black artists who’re in search of to alter nation’s long-held id as music by-and-for white audiences.
As seen within the trailer out in the present day, For “Love & Nation” options interviews and performances from present Greatest New Artist Grammy-nominee Jimmie Allen, Grammy-nominated Blanco Brown, Breakthrough Artist for Amazon Music BRELAND, award-winning songwriter and 2021 Amazon Music Artist to Watch Shy Carter, Grammy-nominee Mickey Guyton, Grammy-nominee Valerie June, Grammy-nominee Amythyst Kiah, 2022 Artists to Look ahead to Amazon Music, Willie Jones and Reyna Roberts, Grammy-nominee Allison Russell, rising star Brittney Spencer, and pianist and singer-songwriter Frankie Staton. Native Nashville residents can even be featured, together with journalist and New York Occasions bestselling writer Andrea Williams, Davidson County felony court docket clerk and former vice mayor Howard Gentry, educational and writer Amanda Marie Martínez, and rapper Mike Floss.
“This movie is our collective story, in our personal phrases,” Brittney Spencer mentioned through launch. “We’re all carving our personal distinctive paths. We’ve all received our personal goals and challenges, and our personal methods of navigating them. I hope when folks see this movie, they higher perceive the dialog of race in nation music. I hope it humanizes the mentioned points and places a crowd of Black, stunning faces to a subject the general public has closely engaged & debated, notably over the past two years. I’m pleased to be an element and share my story.”
“In telling this story, it was crucial for us to amplify the private narratives of those splendidly various nation artists, as a result of in them lie the tales of Black contributions to the style,” mentioned Raymond Roker, international head of editorial for Amazon Music. “These are additionally very common tales of acceptance, being welcomed into areas we select to occupy regardless of how open the door is to us, and the way tales and historical past can grow to be marginalized over time. The title of the movie can be a reminder that these artists have all come from a spot of affection, adoration, and even reverence for nation music’s previous, its heroes, and contributors throughout the spectrum.”
Along with the documentary trailer, Amazon Music has launched “Black Myself,” an Amazon Authentic acoustic model of breakout star Amythyst Kiah’s unimaginable music, recorded in the course of the filming course of just for Amazon Music listeners. Take heed to “Black Myself” right here. Extra Amazon Authentic songs by artists featured within the movie will roll out over the approaching weeks, previous to For Love & Nation releasing on April 7 within the Amazon Music app and on Prime Video. For Love & Nation was directed by Joshua Kissi and produced by DPM Initiatives and Pizza Evening.
Are you excited for this? Who’re a few of your favourite nation artists?