Today, 15-time Grammy winner and music icon Alicia Keys teamed up with fellow 5-time Grammy winner and acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile to release the empowering new duet “A Beautiful Noise.” The song, a stripped-down, piano-driven track, was written by an all-female team of musicians including Keys and Carlile, along with Ruby Amanfu, Brandy Clark, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Linda Perry and Hailey Whitters. The lyrics speak to the importance of finding your voice and being unafraid to use it to make beautiful noise and to stand for what’s important: “When you band together it’s a choir of thunder and rain.” The message comes right on time, leading up to next week’s national and local U.S. elections: “I have a voice and I let it speak for the ones who aren’t yet really free.” “A Beautiful Noise,” released via RCA Records, is now available to download and stream HERE.
Keys and Carlile premiered “A Beautiful Noise” with a touching live performance during last night’s “Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy” election broadcast special on CBS [WATCH NOW]. Keys, along with Kerry Washington and America Ferrera, co-hosted the special, which was produced by Live Nation and Global Citizen. The nonpartisan event encouraged Americans to get to the polls in the final days of the 2020 election season, and remind viewers that a strong democracy depends on civic engagement and fair elections.
“This song has that special energy that we really need to feel right now,” Keys said. “Everyone has the power to make a beautiful noise and to lift others up with their voice. And now more than ever, we need to let those voices be heard by voting. I’m so grateful to have joined my sister Brandi Carlile, a beautiful spirit, inspiring artist and incredible person, for this moment.”
“The evolution of ‘A Beautiful Noise’ represents a group of incredible women from all different walks of life coming together with a universal message of hope and empowerment,” Carlile adds. “It is an important reminder that we all have a voice and that our voices count. It was an absolute dream and honor to join the incomparable Alicia Keys to deliver this beautiful message through song. Alicia lives this song. This is how she walks through the world. I am forever inspired. Please vote.”
In the final days heading into the election, fans are encouraged to participate in the movement to make #ABeautifulNoise on their social channels. The mission of this campaign is to help people from all underserved communities inspire one another to turn out at the ballot box by sharing empowering stories, reasons, and plans for voting. To join, share HOW and WHY you plan to make #ABeautifulNoise for the election and beyond, and challenge your voting squad to do the same. Key voting resources can be found at weall.vote/women - provided in partnership with When We All Vote and United State of Women.
The tale of how “A Beautiful Noise” came to be is an incredible reminder of the power we all have to use our voice to push for what we believe in. Ali Harnell, President of Live Nation Women, applied her enthusiasm and creativity for uplifting voices to help bring the song and social movement to life ahead of the election. Harnell mobilized her squad to make it all happen and hopes millions across the nation are inspired to make #ABeautifulNoise during this election.