August 31, 2015
The song ‘elieve in Baltimore’ is sweeping the city. The post-riot song is more than just catching on; it’s inspiring a whole new movement to show the positive side of our city. Wednesday, City Hall honors the young singers.
Mary Bubala has more.
‘Believe in Baltimore’ was born in Living Classroom’s Believe in Music program but it is more than just a song: it is their truth. The young women who wrote and sang the lyrics lived through the riots. One hid in her bedroom, playing loud music to drown out the violence outside her home. Another stood up to her friends and refused to join the looting. They all channeled their emotions into ‘Believe in Baltimore.’
At City Hall, they stood next to the mayor as she honored their talent, song and message.
“These young women have turned to the power of creativity, of creation, and I want to thank them for using their creativity and their passion,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Their song is playing on WTMD, which helped produce it-along with many professional musicians who collaborated with them.
“I just want to thank all the musicians and all the people who helped us get the whole thing together and all the people who decided that we were worth something and they were going to help us make something that would make the community better,” said singer Anaya Winchester.
Every word of the song was written by these young women who found a voice in these neighborhoods.
“The song was coming from our hearts ’cause people don’t really listen to us because we are young,” said singer Yamudi Pinder. “So we wrote this song to show that we have the power to tell our story.”