16-year old Connor Ross’ submission “We Are One” selected following nationwide anthem search.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON January 19, 2015 – ““It’s what the nation needs to know”— poignant lyrics from We are One, the 2015 Music Monday anthem penned by talented 16-year-old singer/songwriter Connor Ross. In a song that captures Canada’s cultural mosaic, We Are One illuminates the purpose of this annual artistic celebration; providing an anthem that is sure to inspire Canadians of all ages to unite in recognition and celebration of the vital role music plays in our culture, our communities and in our schools.
The 2015 anthem features a wide variety of musical arrangements and lyrical translations, enabling Canadians of various cultural backgrounds to sing the song in unison in the language that resonates with their musical soul. Organizers encourage registration from schools, community groups, arts and business organizations, as well as individuals to join us for this annual display of Canadian solidarity through music.
With We Are One, Bolton, Ontario’s Connor Ross will join the ranks of Serena Ryder, DALA, Chris Tait, Luke Doucet, Col. Chris Hadfield and Ed Robertson as a composer of the Music Monday anthem. Connor’s composition was selected out of 200 submissions for the Music Monday Anthem Search by a panel of music industry professionals, music educators and previous Music Monday songwriters.
“Congratulations to Connor for this special recognition – and helping to bring communities together to share the love of music,” said Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations TD Bank Group. “We’re honoured to be a part of this celebration, as TD has a longstanding commitment to supporting access to music and the arts, including a strong focus on musical education.”
Canada’s annual nation-wide celebration of the power of music in our lives, especially our schools, has gathered millions of voices since it began ten years ago. Visitors to the Music Monday website (www.musicmonday.ca) can view the video of the original recording of We Are One, download music and lyrics, and register a group for the annual celebration. Later this month, a number of variations recorded by noted recording artists will become available.
“I was thrilled to discover that the winner is a high school music student, which essentially represents where the message of Music Monday actually lives,” says Holly Nimmons, Executive Director of The Coalition for Music Education. “I think in particular the lyric ‘it’s what we learn through every note and what the nation needs to know’ will resonate with participants this year. As we unveil We Are One, let the nationwide rehearsals begin!”
Co-sponsored by SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), The Anthem Search competition was launched in September 2014, and yielded entries from songwriters between the ages of nine to sixty-three and of all backgrounds across Canada, ranging from young music students to professionals. In addition to having his song receive Grand Prize honours, Connor also won $10,000 worth of musical equipment generously provided by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
We Are One was recorded at The Orange Lounge Recording Studio. It features a mixed voice choir as well as the talents of several young musicians. The song is produced by Platinum award-winning Producer/Songwriter Rob Wells who is known for his work with artists such as Canadians Keisha Chanté, Justin Bieber, Corey Hart, Marie-Mai, Eva Avila, Ish and internationally Ariana Grande, Adam Lambert and Selena Gomez.
Music Monday is made possible with the generous support of the TD Bank Group and the NAMM Foundation as well as Titanium level support from Yamaha Canada Music Inc., Long and McQuade and all of our partner organizations.
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