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We’re still here. It’s 2021 and many of us are still dealing with the pandemic, and the fallout from 2020. That’s exactly why I co-wrote with my amazing producer Errol Starr Francis this new roots reggae single “Together We Can Stand Up.” We all could use some hope and inspiration, some reassurance so that even though we don’t know what will happen next, we can take a few deep breaths and remember “who we are and who we can be” as I say in the song.

Whenever tragedy strikes, I create and sing healing songs. It’s my jam, channelling healing songs, whether it’s Indigenous hand drumming (and I did some hand drumming for this song) or Indigenous roots reggae like in “Together We Can Stand Up.”

It’s time for us to stand up for ourselves and each other in a good way, to create lasting positive change and a world of inclusiveness, harmony and equality. That may have felt like a pipe dream for many years, but it is now within our reach.

I know I’m not the only one who had a vision years ago about this time. There are Indigenous prophecies from long ago that point to this time.

I’m not here to say it’s going to be easy all of a sudden from here on out. I’m here to say you have the power, the strength, the gifts, and dare I say, the codes within your DNA, to be part of this transformation of humanity on Mother Earth.

Still reading? Go listen to the song! Dance it out! Sit and breathe it in and out of your belly. Sing along! The lyrics are right here along with where you can get it on all the platforms.

“Together We Can Stand Up is a powerful song of hope and just the medicine we need right now. The lyrics are a beautiful reminder that we can create a future of love and unity together. Chi-miigwetch for this medicine song!”
Crystal Hardy Zongwe Binesikwe, host of Zee’s Place on CILU 102.7FM in Thunder Bay

“From the first hit of the drum, Together We Can Stand Up immediately transports you to a sunny destination as you listen to a hopeful and positive message of love and unity. Such a wonderfully put together reggae tune that you can’t help but move to. The Frog Radio is “hoppy” to add this track to rotation!”
Denise Halfyard, The Frog Radio

May I ask a favour? Well I’m going to anyway, so here we go. Please share this song! We need it to reach the hearts and minds of millions of people worldwide, and these days that is a huge job, so please, share over social media. Tell your friends. And enjoy the song.

Please leave me a review in the comments. I might quote you in my monthly ezine that goes out to my thousands of subscribers, or maybe we’ll put your review on the press page (!!).

Thanks & Blessings,

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About Brenda MacIntyre

About Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019.

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