He Has a Name (Awareness)

by Brandee Younger

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“Brandee Younger has composed one of the most creative and compelling tributes to Trayvon Martin to date.” -Global Grind

This piece was composed in memory of the late Trayvon Martin.  The tragic case that has affected so many of us across the world has been a wakeup call that we need to address racial injustice today.  Entitled "He Has a Name" and subtitled "Awareness," the piece urges us to open our eyes to reality instead of holding to irrational beliefs due to preconceived notions. 100% of the proceeds from this recording will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. to help the organization continue its fine work in striving for racial justice.

On a very personal note, I learned of the Trayvon Martin case through the website globalgrind.com where they give an identity to murder victims by citing, "He has a name..."  It takes a piece of my heart every time I sign online and see the words "He has a name..." because I know there has been yet another act of violence.  As social media reported the Trayvon Martin case, it became a continual reminder of the state that America is still in and the work that still needs to be done.   My heart and prayers go out to Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon's parents.  It's not the natural progression of life to see your child go before you especially under such tragic circumstances. For me, having a teenage brother who appears not unlike Trayvon, I can't help but be fearful that he will be judged unfairly, based on stereotypes and appearance.  

Thinking about this case, I think not just about my brother but about my friends and classmates who died tragic, violent deaths way too young.  So "He Has a Name" (Awareness) is not only for Trayvon, but for Dewon Heron, Duane Day, Eric Rivera, Michael Hamilton, Tiana Notice and every young life that we've lost too soon due to tragic violence.


released 08 May 2012
Brandee Younger, Harp
E.J. Strickland, Drums
Dezron Douglas, Bass
Stacy Dillard, Tenor Sax
Nicole Camacho, Alto Flute

Cover Art by Alvin Black III

Music Composed by Brandee Younger

Recorded in Brooklyn, May 2012
Engineer: Robert Honablue



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Brandee Younger New York, New York

This harpist is known for sharing the stage with Jazz Royalty Jack Dejohnette & Ravi Coltrane, laying down tracks with Grammy-Winning Rapper Common & Artist&Producer Ryan Leslie, as well as bringing to life the Classic Impressionistic work of Maurice Ravel. Her ability to feature the Harp in genres of music where the instrument is often absent demonstrates her cross-reaching ability as a musician. ... more

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