Above all, music is a call to action. In some rare cases, it is the act of protest itself. Such is the case with GRiZ and Matisyahu, who now join the ranks of protest artists like The Beatles and Bob Dylan, Tupac Shakur, Childish Gambino, Rage Against The Machine, and more. The pair’s recent single, “A New Day,” which comes packaged with GRiZ’s upcoming album Ride Waves, is a biting commentary on gun violence in America.

GRiZ and Matisyahu wrote “A New Day” just days after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The music video accompaniment features real people whose lives have been impacted by gun violence — a childless mother, a grieving father, a brotherless brother. Yet, the song captures GRiZ’s skill for bringing attention to dire political issues of the day, while still retaining an anthemic vibe that promotes positivity and peace.

To help GRiZ and Matisyahu translate art into action, fans can sign a petition via Brady United and join the millions urging senators to support S.42, proposed legislation that would require background checks for all US gun sales.

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Written by Ryan Morse

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