More than two dozen Michigan female musicians have collaborated on a new version of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" to celebrate International Women's Day on Monday, May 8 -- as well as Women's history month.
The project was organized by the Michigan Music Alliance in Grand Rapids and coordinated between five recording studios around the state, including Plymouth Rock Recording Company in the metro area. The track features a duet between singers Serita (aka Black Rose) and Sarena Rae, while Detroit-based drummer Gayelynn McKinney, who played with the late Franklin, is also featured on the song.
Others contributing to the song include Zoe Cutler, Sami Blosser, BethAnne Kunert of Virago, Kaleigh Wilder of Gnostikos, Emily Burns of Escaping Pavement, Alice Sun Christina Nielsen of Jack & the Bear, Josie Ala, Ingrid Racine, Hannah Laine of Earth Radio, Stacy Noonan of Beaver Xing, Jennifer Adams of Annagail, Patty PerShayla, Rachel White of Lighting Matches, Sandra Effert, Olivia Vargas of August, Lauren Kelley, Carolyn Koebel, Carrie McFerrin, Rachel Gorman of the Red Sea Pedestrians, Dede Alder of Dede & the Dreamers, Lauren Elliott, Roo Heins of Oneirine and Laurie Laing of Belfast Gin.
The track was mixed by Cynthea Kelley and Maggie Heeren at La Luna Recording and Sound in Kalamazoo.
"Respect" is among the organization's activities leading up to "Spread the Music 2021," a virtual festival running March 24-28 on Facebook featuring artists and venues throughout Michigan. Information and updates can be found at michiganmusicalliance.org.
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