This election year, CapRadio is here to help you gain a deeper understanding of the issues that matter to you so that you can vote with clarity.
But sometimes, getting up the motivation to fill in your ballot can be difficult. CapRadio Jazz Music Director Gary G. Vercelli is here to help you get in step and head to the polls (or the mailbox) to cast that ballot!
No matter your political views, these jazz and soul music tracks will motivate you to get involved and take positive action this November.
Looking for more information on this election and the measures and candidates on your ballot? Head to CapRadio’s Voter Guide for what you need to know before November.
Alma Matters — “Get Involved”
This Bay Area all-star unit features the powerful voice of Tony Lindsay, who spent two decades as Santana’s lead vocalist. The message is quite clear: Don’t complain if you don’t vote.
Joe Henderson — “Power To The People”
In 1969, tenor saxophone giant Joe Henderson recorded “Power To The People.” On the title composition, Henderson’s herculean solo reveals his passionate feeling for speaking out.
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes — “Wake Up Everybody”
Lead singer Teddy Pendergrass steals the show here, with a call for people to unite in an unselfish manner.
Curtis Mayfield — “Keep On Keeping On”
The title of this 1970s soul classic encourages “we who are young” to unite as one and pass the message down to the next generation.
Sam Cooke — “A Change Is Gonna Come”
Perhaps the definitive song of the civil rights era, Cooke’s lyrics still ring true in today’s climate of significant unrest and frustration.
Gregory Porter — “Fan The Flames”
Gregory Porter, who has one of the most distinctly recognizable voices of our time, is also emerging as a composer of considerable merit. “Fan the Flames” is his call to action to “fill up the empty bowls of the hungry.”
Pharez Whitted — “Hope Springs Eternal”
Inspired by the historic presidential election of 2008, trumpeter Pharez Whitted composed “Our Man Barack” and “Yes We Can.” His “Hope Springs Eternal” is a spirited original from the 2012 release “For The People.”
Donald Harrison — “New Hope”
This is a groove tune from the album “Nouveau Swing” featuring the smooth alto saxophone of a New Orleans native that should get you in step and ready to vote!