Singer, songwriter and cultural activist Holly Near will be celebrating the release of her new CD, Peace Becomes You, with a concert at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia on April 11 at 8 p.m. It will be a wonderful opportunity to see this legendary feminist artist in concert.
Holly Near has spent the past 35 years working for progressive political and social change. She has sung on picket lines, in prisons, and at Carnegie Hall. She has worked with the United Farm Workers, Central and Latin American solidarity groups, labor unions, women’s groups, anti-racist organizations, gay and lesbian rights organizations, disability rights educators, and environmental groups. She was one of the first artists to use her political beliefs to form her own record company, Redwood Records .
Over the course of 26 albums, she has written many powerful anthems such as We Are A Gentle Angry People, It Could Have Been Me, Fight Back, Ain’t No Where You Can Run, and The Rock Will Wear Away (with music by Meg Christian). She has collaborated with artists and groups such as Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus. She has received many awards throughout her career including the Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year Award and the Freedom of Information Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
Peace Becomes You is a 2-CD release of 28 newly recorded songs, some written by Holly Near and some material written or sung by artists including Irving Berlin, Jacques Brel, Ferron, Gnarls Barkley, Bernice Reagon, and Keb Mo. She is accompanied by 22 musicians and vocalists, each contributing to the variety of sounds and styles.
You can purchase “Peace Becomes You” through Holly Near’s website, iTunes, and other music stores.