Joshua Radin calls on humanity with new track 'What Would You Do (refugee song)'
17 September 2019
The song is taken from his new album 'Here, Right Now' which will be released October 4th
Last week, Joshua Radin shared the third song from his upcoming album 'Here, Right Now', out October 4th. ‘What Would You Do (Refugee Song)’ tackles heartbreak caused by a broken system, from the perspective of a child desperately needing rescue. Joshua was inspired to write the song after seeing footage of children separated from their families at the border.
“Those who know me know that I am not a very political person. I try to write songs that might move people, ALL people, employing universal themes to which we can all relate. I’m not nearly educated enough to take a public stance on political policy. That being said, I saw footage of very young children being separated from their parents, and I thought to myself, whatever your stance on immigration is, this particular action is un-American and wrong, so I tried my best to write a song from the perspective of one of these children. I hope it makes you feel, and more importantly, maybe even sparks discussion and debate amongst your families, friends and co-workers. When we spend so much time focusing on what divides us rather than using our individual voices to bring people together, I believe we have failed this great experiment that is our United States. I’m reminded of this quote from W. E. B. Du Bois: ‘Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.’ It’s our choice. Choose wisely.”
Last month, Joshua released a video for title track 'Here, Right Now' that shines a light on animal rescue with footage and facts from North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), the world’s largest No Kill rescue and adoption organization. He had previously announced via social media that he would be donating all proceeds from the streams/sales of this track, along with proceeds from the sales of special ‘Here, Right Now’ bracelets, to NSALA. His relationship with the organization began over a year ago, thanks to his friendship with NSALA National Spokesperson Beth Stern, who asked Radin to participate in a benefit show last summer.
Produced by Tony Berg with an array of guest vocalists and musicians, including Berg’s daughter Z Berg, the aforementioned Maria Taylor, Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet) and Danny Burke, 'Here Right Now'is comprised of seven original tracks and two covers (Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” and The Rolling Stones’ “She Smiled Sweetly”) that tackle themes of broken relationships, rescue, friendship and self-determination, all delivered with Radin’s silvery, intimate tenor.
In celebration of the new album, Radin will be coming to Europe with special guest Lily Kershaw in January:
23.01.2020 DE-Hamburg - Grünspan 24.01.2020 DK-Kopenhagen - Hotel Cecil 25.01.2020 SE-Stockholm - Nalen 27.01.2020 DE-Berlin - Silent Green 28.01.2020 DE-Köln - Kulturkirche 29.01.2020 FR-Paris - Cafe de la Danse 31.01.2020 NL-Utrecht - Tivoli 01.02.2020 UK-London - SBE