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Linda Perry & John Legend Team Up To Get Voters To #GetUpandVote
"Hey hey, come together/ We can make the world much better/ Can’t give up on hope/ Gotta get up and vote, gotta get up and vote." –Linda Perry & John Legend, Conversations In Advocacy #42
Last month, super-singer/songwriter/producer Linda Perry launched a social media campaign encouraging Americans—especially Millennials—to exercise their rights and use their voices at the voting booth. Now, #GetUpandVote is sweeping across social media as midterm elections are in full swing, with an original song co-written by Perry and John Legend. A host of other musicians including Christina Aguilera, Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Alicia Keys and Jessica Simpson, along with big names in entertainment such as Cameron Crowe and Sara Gilbert, have all joined in on the campaign.
Perry and Legend, both members of the Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter board, each started by posting a solo version of the simple, yet powerful song they wrote together, and other artists have followed suit. The drive to make a difference in this year's midterm elections came from some shocking statistics.
"I believe in taking control of your future," said Perry. "Over 90 million people felt their voice didn’t matter and wouldn’t be heard. So I thought it was important to let people know that their voice DOES matter and will be heard, no matter what their choice."
Perry's drive to motivate the next generation of difference-makers comes to life via music in the campaign. "John Legend and I wanted to write a little song for people to do their own version and post themselves," she says. "We wrote this while I was on a plane to N.Y. and John was home in L.A."
You can hear Aguilera's and Clarkson's versions below. As momentum builds toward Election Day, Nov. 6, more and more artists are joining the campaign, encouraging their fans—regardless of circumstance or political affiliation—to get out and vote. As Perry puts it in one of her social posts for the campaign, "Doesn't matter what you wear just as long as you are there."
The best part? It might be working, as reports show a much higher early voter turnout-- proof of the power of music to enact change in our world.