Allison Russell, Brittany Howard, And Maren Morris Support Gloria Johnson With Social Anthem ‘Tennessee Rise’

Nashville’s biggest stars combined their powers to support Representative Gloria Johnson, who is pursuing the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate, with the newly released anthem “Tennessee Rise.” The social justice anthem was recorded by the Tennessee Freedom Singers with an impressive number of singers, as listed below:

“‘Tennessee Rise’ is an anthem born out of resistance from the rise of extremist forces, the unwillingness to accept the rollback of protections for historically marginalized groups, and a determination to keep Tennessee a place of welcoming that so many have found solace in,” per a press release. “Inspired by the Tennessee Three and the wave of activism that followed this past year, ‘Tennessee Rise’ was formed from Grammy-winning artist Allison Russell’s deep love for the state — banding together some of Nashville’s best and brightest musicians for an essential fight for democracy.”

The statement continued, “The collaboration is a first of its kind in bringing such artists together to use music as a show of support for a political candidate in this state.”

For some context, Johnson and fellow Tennessee Representatives Justin Jones and Justin Pearson were dubbed the “Tennessee Three” after advocating for gun control on the House floor in March 2023, as per the Knoxville News Sentinel at the time. The protest came days after a fatal mass shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville. Johnson announced her 2024 Senate campaign last September.

According to an Instagram post from Russell, the song was recorded last December at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios.

Watch the “Tennessee Rise” video above, and check out posts about it below.

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