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Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing/ Star​-​Spangled Banner

by Rene Marie



This song was at the heart of a nationally publicized incident where Marie was invited to sing The Star Spangled Banner in Denver at the Mayor’s State of the City address. Instead Marie sang the lyrics to ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” with the melody of the Star Spangled Banner. The event touched off a firestorm of press and right wing criticism, and even death threats.
Her version is available on her album "Voice Of My Beautiful Country", available March 8th on Motema.

For more details on the back story of "Life Ev'ry Voice and Sing" and the controversial performance, visit our blog:


released March 8, 2011



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