“WE PERFORM AND PROCLAIM THE MUSIC, CULTURE AND HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS TO AUDIENCES ALL OVER THE WORLD.”
“Juneteenth Celebration,” is a sprawling gust of fresh air spirited passionately by The Sounds of Blackness–an all-black choir of accomplished singers. Penned and produced by their esteemed music director, Gary Hines, their latest single welcomes the community to celebrate Black cutlure for this historic holiday. Juneteenth is a holiday dedicated to the anniversary of the emancipation of African American slaves in 1865. A three-time Grammy Award winning ensemble, The Sounds of Blackness is renowned for its full, robust sound. “Juneteenth Celebration,” delivers a powerhouse of uplifting, unapologetic Black joy, and is intended to offer healing and a sense of pride to the Black community. The track was recorded at Atomic K Studios and Winterland Studios in Minneapolis.
On Steps, Cassandra Cole offers an unapologetic exploration into the ethos of the anxious mind. The result of which is a set of finely crafted indie-pop songs that tackle the subtleties of the heart. Fans of modern era vanguards like Sharon Van Etten, Lissie, Soccer Mommy, or Lucy Dacus will be ever captivated by Cassandra’s effervescent pop-punk edge.
“Upside Down,” is a rumbustious track about emotionally falling apart, with a soundscape that matches its theme—the organized chaos of a mental breakdown. Cassandra’s bright, honeyed vocals undulate masterfully over this explosive, coursing track.
“Steps,” is the title track off Cole’s upcoming debut album. Cole bares all, as she navigates one foot in front of the other out of darkness—which can often feel like being stuck in mud when fighting against the numbness of depression.
The Three-Time Grammy Award-Winning Sounds of Blackness is back with a groundbreaking new single - “TIME FOR REPARATIONS”
Inspired by 400 years of Systemic Injustice, Inequality, and Inhumanity, Sounds of Blackness Singers & Band express the perpetual pain and rage of Black People, who never received “40 Acres And A Mule,” despite the Centuries of free labor, exploitation, brutality, and dehumanization.
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Jamecia Bennett's latest single, “To the Sky,” is an anthem of positivity, featuring substantial vocal prowess, and a pulsating deep house beat sound. In the face of yet another dark year of isolation, this song rolls in like a confetti bomb.
Featuring the 3 Time Grammy Award-Winning Sounds of Blackness, the song evokes an atmosphere reminiscent of house legends Chaka Khan, Basement Jaxx, Dee-lite, and early Kelis.
“Black Hole,” is the debut single by a captivating emerging artist, who goes by the moniker Mousie. “Black Hole,” is an exploration of a magnetic addiction to a relationship that’s inherently destructive. The track has a beguiling spaciness to it and at times feels like a plea from a distant moment. Mousie’s raw, soul charged vocals mesmerized the ear. The synth hooks are catchy and seductive and the beats that Hip-hop prodigy DJ Mickey Breeze laid in cruise through the track like a throbbing pulse. “Black Hole'' will draw one into a musical vortex from which one cannot escape. We invite you to take a listen and develop your own obsession with Mousie. Released 9/22/2021 on Rock the Cause Records, an award-winning 14-year veteran nonprofit record label, Mousie is generously donating a portion of all royalties derived from 'Black Hoile' to First Nations environmental and social justice cause Honor the Earth.
"Her voice, the organ, the way it builds. Very dramatic. It’s a great modern R&B/pop tune and production."
-Jim McGuinn Program Director 89.3 The Current
The track supports the ongoing fight against Minnesota’s “Line 3,” tar sands oil pipeline, which cuts through more than 200 bodies of water, including the Mississippi River. The resistance is heavily led by indigenous women, including activist Winona LaDuke.
In addition to Raitt, the Indigo Girls, and LaDuke, the song also features the first Native American poet laureate, Joy Harjo, as well as Waubanewquay, Day Sisters, Mumu Fresh, Pura Fe, Soni Moreno, and Jennifer Kreisberg. It was produced and composed by Larry Long
A dynamic collaboration betw. HSRA, the Grammy award-winning Sounds of Blackness, and blues legend Wee Willy Walker, based on a song by iconic MN iron range singer Paul Metsa.
The track has been showcased by the Woody Guthrie Center, and Ani Di Franco’s radio show, Righteous Babe Radio.
High School for Recording Arts
Kevin Bowe & Mark Boone Jr.-
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Boone’s cover of the Sonny Bono-penned classic, “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” featuring producer/singer/songwriter Kevin Bowe, came out on iTunes on Sept. 9th, 2015.
Net proceeds of the song went to benefit Rock the Cause, which has raised more than a million dollars for various charities, to help support the organization’s internal operating expenses
Lydia Liza & Josiah Lemanski-
Baby it’s Cold Outside
"Baby It's Cold Outside," written in 1944 by Frank Loesser, has developed a creepy vibe over the years. Songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski revised the lyrics to emphasize the importance of consent in sexual relationships. Per the artist’s request, a portion of the net proceeds have been donated to benefit the Sexual Violence Center of MN and other causes that work to provide support, safety and healing to victims of sexual violence. To date donated proceeds total over $12,000.
Gazing with Tranquility-
A Tribute to Donnovan
Rock the Cause and a bouquet of talented artists have teamed up to re-contextualize Donovan's (already timeless) tracks into modern day indie marvels. The album features contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Lissie, Brett Dennen, The Flaming Lips, and more! Featured in Rolling Stone, NPR First Listen, Pitchfork, & and is currently available worldwide. Proceeds benefit Rock the Cause and Huntingtons Hope.
Kendrick Evans feat. Bebe Winans-
I Talked it Over
Evans, a 24-year-old singer from Tallahassee, Fla, was given 3 years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of sleep apnea. Evans immediately set out to share a musical message of love and hope with the world.
BeBe Winans Joins Forces with Kendrick Evans to record a powerful gospel duet.
Kendrick Evans' inspirational story premiered as part of a 3-night television event, “My Last Days,” that aired on the CW August 17- 19, 2016.
Hold You Up
This track was the first charitable single of The At Home Project – an ongoing partnership between nonprofit record label Rock the Cause Records and Ronald McDonald House of the Upper Midwest Charities. Revenues derived through streams and downloads & residual donations totaled in over $25,000
Even When I’m Gone
Released with the intention to raise awareness and research dollars for the fight against pediatric cancer. The campaign was a four-way partnership involving Quietdrive, Team Kendal Kidz, Children's Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) and Rock the Cause.
Over $6000 has been directed to The Children’s Cancer Research fund via the artist’s requests and the parents of Kendal Lividini.
The Music of Jason Molina
In memory of the late Jason Molina, a compilation was released through non-profit label Rock the Cause. Titled Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina, it features My Morning Jacket, Murder by Death, Wooden Wand, Sarah Jaffe, the Black Swans, Bottomless Pit, and more. A portion of the proceeds from Farewell Transmission went to MusiCares, which supports artists dealing with depression, addiction, disability, and other health issues.
Per the artist’s request, revenue derived from streams, downloads, and album sales were directed to Children’s Cancer Research Fund totaling over $260,000.