Concerned about escalating gang and gun violence in Toronto, a local artist has stepped up to the plate with a song and music video filled with positive messages.
“Voice of Change” is the brainchild of Canadian R & B singer Ray Robinson, who won the 2004 Canadian Urban Music Award Recording Artist of the Year title eight years ago.
“This was something that I was thinking about for about three to four years, but I couldn’t get it done because I was working on other projects,” said Robinson, a married father of two sons. “I called basically everyone I knew to make this happen now and many people came forward to donate their time to this project.”
Several of the city’s brightest musical talent are supporting the venture including Divine Brown, Gary Beals, Natasha Waterman, Keysha, Kid Tut, Jaqe, Corey Lee, Dru, King Reign, Corey Niles, Promise, Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale and the Rezza Brothers.
Adrian Rezza said he and his brother Lucas were ready to roll once they got the call from Robinson.
“Ray is first-class,” said Adrian Rezza. “The youth need ambassadors of positivity to guide them in the right direction. We make mistakes, but no situation should be so miserable that we have to end someone’s life. Stop the violence.”
Singer/songwriter/dancer Dru said he didn’t hesitate when Robinson contacted him.
“I really feel that as artists we have a platform to make change,” said Dru, who was the front man for the R & B group, In Essence. “The Black community in Toronto needs to come together and help save our youth from street violence…I am so glad to be part of something so meaningful and powerful. It’s time for us to stand up and help make a change in our own backyard.”
Award-winning producer, composer and recording and mixing engineer Tyson Kuteyi and mastering expert Phil Demetro of Lacquer Channel both donated their time to the project.
Robinson said 50 per cent of the proceeds will go to Urban Arts and United Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere.
By RON FANFAIR