In Commemoration Of This Year’s JUNETEENTH Celebration, Internationally Renowned Saxophonist, MIKE PHILLIPS Releases His Rendition Of “LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING” (aka The Black National Anthem), Lifted From His Upcoming Album.
In commemoration of this year’s annual Juneteenth celebration and it’s status as an official National Holiday, it was only fitting that Mike Phillips released his rendition of this classic song. “If we truly listen to this song and take heed to the words, it can be a road map to fairness and equality, which can only lead to a better America for everyone,” mentions Mike Phillips. This powerful masterpiece was written by J. Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson and produced by Hamilton Hardin and arranged by Mike Phillips and Hamilton Hardin.
In June 2020 after an incident that caused NASCAR to take a close look at themselves and the imagery that surrounds the fans and events, Mike was invited to perform the National Anthem as he has done for dozens of NBA, NFL and NHL games over the years. What they did not expect was Mike with West Byrd accompanying him on piano extending the anthem to include snippets of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” also known as the Black National Anthem at the start and end of the iconic song. This peaceful act of defiance was quickly observed by black NASCAR fans around the country and shared on social media while many other fans were left scratching their heads wondering what they had just witnessed. “When I snuck the song into the NASCAR performance of the anthem, I was kind of outraged that the executives didn’t recognize it. But, it served as the perfect educational moment about the existence of the song and the importance of it and its historical context,” adds Mike.
MIKE PHILLIPS is gearing up for the release of his new self-titled album, MIKE PHILLIPS, globally available on July 8th, via the SRG-ILS label imprint. MIKE PHILLIPS (The Album) is available for pre-orders now via “MIKE PHILLIPS” (The Album) and also at the SRG Store.
MIKE PHILLIPS recently announced his new partnership with SRG-ILS Group, and launched his Jazz record label, “Keep It Moving Music” (KIMM). Keep It Moving Music will serve as a platform for young jazz artists that are extremely intentional about their musical growth, willing to work hard and want to learn the dynamics of the business. Artists that partner with KIMM will be developed, educated, mentored, and will potentially be exposed to working with other established artists on the SRG roster such as Brian McKnight, Raheem DeVaughn, After 7, and many more. Where radio was once the main avenue to share new music, KIMM will work with their artists to utilize social media, curated playlist, NFT platforms and other cutting-edge technology to market their product.
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