After months of gathering song submissions, partnering with other organizations, working with our incredible volunteer response, and an outstanding cast of judges, the Braver Angels Music team is ready to announce the winners of the 2023 Braver Angels Song Contest.
The song contest is back! We’re on the hunt for songs that engage across the aisle. Songwriters across America are invited to apply.
Therapeutic pop artist Muunie talks with Alma Cook about how becoming “the most healed version of herself” has helped her radically love others.
T.J. Troy believes artistic freedom and integrity comes first. Read how the Grammy-winning percussionist’s worldview was shaped by international travel—and why he believes music has lost its cultural resonance.
North Carolina singer-songwriter David LaMotte models an unconventional life of bridge-building that weaves together music, community engagement, and international peace work.
Sir Rod & the Blues Doctors, a funky Southern trio, chat about their multi-generational origin story and their passion for helping America “Come Together.”
Rapper Kimi Katiti thinks forgiveness is getting a bad rap. Here’s why she believes it’s the key to racial reconciliation and how her beliefs were shaped by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and her local skatepark.
Musical and visual artist Jan Krist shares her artistic and political backstory, her experience as a Braver Angels debate panelist, and whether she thinks “beauty will save the world.”
Nashville songwriter Terry Bell shares the story arc of his career, peppering in lots of insights about the power of music to touch people’s lives.
Grammy-nominated songwriter Alvin Garrett talks with Alma Cook about musical identity, the responsibility of celebrity, and how the Tuscaloosa school system prepared him for a life a bridge-building.
New York-based rapper JustJames talks with Alma Cook about songwriting, stereotypes, faith, & speaking up.
Singer, composer, and choral arranger Moira Smiley chats with us about her musical and political origin stories.
As a pianist, arranger, and improviser, Lou has spent the last 40 years building his repertoire into a musical melting pot.
Singer Ben Caron chats about growing up in rural Iowa, his bridge-building work with Reds and Blues, and his vision for a world tour that looks like “Phish meets Burning Man meets Peace Corps.”
Calling artists of all genres, all backgrounds, and all political stripes! Help us promote musicians who are living out the Braver Angels way.