Nashville Soul and Southern Skye Records Artist Larysa Jaye Pays Musical Tribute with New Single Birmingham (Side by Side)
Searing Southern Artist Releases Touching and Sensitive New Single, “Birmingham (Side by Side)”, in Homage to Civil Rights Era Tragedy
– Larysa Jaye, recording artist from Nashville
UNITED STATES, September 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Soul artist based in Nashville Larysa Jaye isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo in a city bustling with the sounds and stereotypes of deeply rooted, predominantly white country music traditions. True to form, the release of “Birmingham (Side by Side) by Jaye on October 1” shamelessly highlights one of the darkest incidents in civil rights history. The new rendition of a song named after what Martin Luther King, Jr. described as “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever against humanity” was produced by the musician and nominated producer. Grammy and Music City Collective CEO Billy Smiley, and with distribution via Sony’s music affiliate, The Orchard, on all major platforms on October 1, 2021. Larysa Jaye’s “Birmingham” is a strong but sweet reminder that change has been a long time coming.
As a Kansas City native, KS, Jaye’s early influences ranged from various Christian artists such as Carman, Fred Hammond, Helen Baylor, and Out of Eden. Later moving on to legendary R&B artists such as Tracy Chapman, Whitney Houston, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Mary J Blige, her musical curiosity did not end there. After her family moved to Nashville, influences from the city’s rich country music history continued to shape Jaye as an artist and shape the development of her music career. Part of that trip saw Jaye take to stages like the Nashville Soul Music Festival where she warmed up audiences for Atlantic Starr, Regina Bell, Dem Franchize Boys and more. The National Museum of African American Music has included Larysa as part of its Emerging Artist program, giving her the opportunity to represent them at various events in Nashville, including the MLK 31st Anniversary Convocation which took place. held at Tennessee State University. Larysa has also been a part of some notable projects like Christian rap duo GRITS ‘single “We Grow Old” starring Jaye with dc Talk’s Kevin Max, and her debut single “Forbidden Heart Club Blues” was included in the Enormous: The Gorge Story which was in theaters across the country.
At a time when the battle for rights and equality continues to passionately challenge models of discrimination in all corners of society, Jaye’s exit from “Birmingham” is its own version of a prayer; the daring young singer and mother of four says she wants the song to be heard as a message “that reminds us how connected we are.” As a black artist in a predominantly white country music world, Larysa Jaye doesn’t shy away from the opportunity to address issues of race and the complexion of artistic representation on the Nashville music scene.
It’s a conversation that extends beyond Nashville; a recent report from the Nashville Tennessean featured the second installment in a nationwide artistic interest series, ‘His sanctified‘, produced by the USA TODAY network of journalists. The collection of stories and ideas from journalists across the country is part of a larger effort to shed light on the rich history and musical contributions of black artists; more specifically, it’s a call to Nashville that the state of the breed in country music is overdue for honest consideration. As a Nashville recording artist, Larysa Jaye is one of the new black artists trying to blur the color lines in a city where relatively few have succeeded.
As Jaye and other artists continue to challenge traditional definitions of the country music scene in Nashville and beyond, songs like “Birmingham (Side by Side)” are now part of a collective voice that is redefining the narrative of black artists. at all levels. With a success that surpasses the “girl next door” feel and a captivating stage presence that initially draws its audience, Larysa Jaye hopes that stir the ghosts of civil rights with this new take on “Birmingham (Side by Side)” will bring greater attention and a growing light to the future of black country music artists, as well as a stronger call for unity in all dark corners of social injustice.
Larysa Jaye’s music is available on all major platforms; to learn more about the artist and upcoming performances, visit larysajaye.com.
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