With a music career stacked with accolades and accomplishments, Siedah Garrett has nothing to prove when it comes to her talent. But the willingness to open her heart and soul to share the vulnerability of “The New Frontier (Say Their Names)” is something truly remarkable. Singing from the heart is a trait she has become known for, but at a moment in American history with so much heaviness, her voice is carrying much more than just a song. When will there be justice/ when will there be peace/when will we see love as you and me/ when will there be kindness/ on the new frontier/that’s the day that love will conquer…fear.
The video above shares an intimate stage performance with Garrett’s band, directed by co-writer and former Prince guitarist Michael “Fish” Herring, sporting protective masks as they accompany her emotional (but pitch-perfect) vocals. Performed at the Agape International Spiritual Center’s Sunday Service, the simplicity of the expression fits the thought-provoking message well. Watching Siedah channel the feelings that so many of us can’t find the words to express is powerful, and she herself knows how important this art really is: “Music speaks to us from the inside out. Politics and news comes to us from the outside in. I wanted a way for us to express ourselves and I wanted to write the emotion down that I was feeling…I knew that if I was feeling it, others were feeling it too.”