Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may be having trouble inspiring a nation, but the antics associated with this election have inspired musicians nationwide.
Artists such as Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Vicente Fernandez — considered the Frank Sinatra of Mexican ranchera music — and Atlanta’s own, jazz trumpeter Joey Sommerville have all recorded original songs expressing their views about the candidates.
“I couldn’t write a check big enough to make a real impact but I do know how to move people with music. I believe silence is complicity, so I’m doing my part to shine a bright light on Donald Trump’s dangerous demagoguery so that this time, history does not repeat itself,”said Sommerville of his newly released song The Man Behind the Curtain.
Sommerville worked with Hollywood film director Martin Guigui to create a video that intersperses images of Trump with a hit list of despots including Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. The video also features footage and images from concentration camps, Soviet invasions, attacks on Civil Rights Era activists and Vietnam.
The images and words of the song, are meant to convey the idea that a Trump presidency would be history repeating itself, Sommerville said.
Here’s a look at the video:
Sommerville isn’t the only one sounding off and Trump isn’t the only target.
This summer, Dinesh D’Souza released a music video from the documentary, Hillary’s America, which featured Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers singing Stand Up and Say So, a song they wrote and performed for the film.
The video featured footage from the documentary premiere at the Republican National Convention blended with real and imagined images of Clinton (who had not yet officially received the Democratic presidential nomination). In the song, Gatlin makes reference to Clinton as a “lying so and so.”
“I’m greatly honored that my dear friend Dinesh asked me to write a song about Hillary Clinton, the biggest criminal ever to run for the presidency of the United States,” Gatlin told The Hollywood Reporter in July. “If my little song helps keep her out of the White House and put my friend Donald Trump in the White House, and he asks me to come to the White House, I will break into my happy dance on the White House lawn.”
Check it out:
Neither video has had as many You Tube views as the anti-Trump anthem from West Coast rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle, who managed to unite the Bloods and Crips street gangs long enough to record a video during a thwarted rally.
The rappers shout an expletive laced anthem, (Expletive) Donald Trump, while an assembly of people put up their middle fingers. The video, released in April, has had more than 10 million views.
Last month, retired Mexican ranchera singer, Vicente Fernandez, offered up a Spanish language anthem in support of Hillary Clinton. In the video, which features images of Clinton interacting with the community, Fernandez assures his fellow Latinos that Clinton has respect for them. And at the end, he sends a personal message to Clinton asking her not to forget the Mexican and Latin American people when she is elected.
Here’s the video:
The music kept coming earlier this month after the second presidential debate and the release of the Trump tapes — a hot mic recording of Trump making disparaging remarks about women including grabbing them by the (expletive).
It didn’t take long for musicians such as Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones and Will.i.am to record songs with the now famous quote. Hamilton recorded a harmonious version of Trump’s words during a tour break between cities.
Will.i.am appeared courtesy of a Funny or Die video. The front man for the Black Eyed Peas appears in a blonde wig at a faux debate with singer Liane V as his female opponent. In the song, he offers up some of Trump’s most popular quotes alongside a few insults. The video ends with a PSA from Will.i.am urging voters to choose the best candidate for the job of POTUS.