“Wake Up” is a call to action for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and their Allies.
It’s written and produced by Russell Taylor and co-written by the artist CROWN for IndigoBlue Music.
The short music-film was directed by Dominga Martin on location in Boston in August 2020 and was created in conjunction with The Poor People’s Campaign voter outreach effort, “We Must Do MORE: Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering, Educating People for a Movement that Votes.”
“The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.” – James Baldwin.
Russell shares, “creating this project was a beautiful partnership that showcases the power of art to sound the alarm. Sickness, social injustice, poverty, and violence ebb and flow like the waves of our polluted oceans. It is time for us to Wake Up and take action —first, we must mobilize the BIPOC and Ally vote for a government that actually represents her people.”
We are living in a tumultuous time when humanity has lost its way. Otherness is being devoured by hate.
Sickness, social injustice, poverty, and violence ebb and flow like the waves of our polluted oceans. It is time for real change, time for us all to wake up, and face ourselves in the deep. Let the art sound the alarm.
Russell Taylor has been labeled as a “sanger” not to be confused with an ordinary singer. Simply put, when he sings he feels it from the deepest, most soul-saturated part of his being. So does anyone who is treated to the Rt! experience. It’s really real. He isn’t singing for social media likes or trappings. He has a true passion for the craft. His loyal fan base, loving dubbed #Souljers, will gladly second this emotion.