Goapele is all about using her voice to make a difference. The singer-songwriter teamed with Nylon to film an acoustic performance of her new song “Stand,” which is lifted from her latest EP Dreamseeker.
“This song ‘Stand’ that I performed today, I started writing some years ago when Oscar Grant was murdered by the BART police in Oakland,” she told Nylon.
“And you know, it’s such a common story of how many African-American youth have been affected by police brutality or whose lives have been taken away, and, I really felt like, at this time now where racism is almost publicly accepted, and immigrants are being attacked, and women’s rights are being taken away, it was time to finally put out this song and just say you know, what’s my responsibility?”
In an interview with Rated R&B, Goapele revealed the meaning behind Dreamseeker. “It represents that I am still a work in progress of slowly realizing my dreams and I know there is so many other people seeking their dreams out there, you know, that are on the way, and I just really wanted to tap into that,” she explained.
Watch Goapele’s performance below.