DEVON GILFILLIAN’S LET THE WATER FLOW IS A SOULFUL PLEA FOR VOTING RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATIC JUSTICE
TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – Just ahead of next month’s mid-term elections, acclaimed singer and songwriter, Devon Gilfillian has shared Let The Water Flow, a soulful plea for voting rights and democratic justice. Written by Devon Gilfillian, Ran Jackson, and Henry Brill, the brand-new track was inspired by the political transformation taking place in Georgia and the essential need for election integrity across America. Listen to Let The Water Flow here and watch the accompanying lyric video here.
Devon Gilfillian on the story behind Let The Water Flow: “It’s truly insane what people have had to go through to get their democratic voices heard in the United States. The inspiration for Let the Water Flow came when Georgia governor Brian Kemp was in the process of passing a bill into law that would create even more challenges for the people of Georgia (especially Black and poor Georgians) to make their voices heard. This song is not just about voter suppression in Georgia; it’s about voter suppression and inequity throughout this country. It’s about the belief that voting is a right and not a privilege. This song is a declaration that our voices will be heard no matter how many mountains we have to climb.”
Produced by Jeremy Lutitio (Joy Oladokun, NEEDTOBREATHE), Let The Water Flow, is Gilfillan’s second release for his new label home Fantasy Records, following last month’s sultry and raw, Brown Sugar Queen, featuring rising Swedish soul singer, Janice. Proceeds from Let The Water Flow generated via Bandcamp will benefit voting rights organizations, Fair Fight in Georgia and The Equity Alliance in Nashville, TN. For more information, please visit: Bandcamp, FairFight.com and TheEquityAlliance.org.
Gilfillian has been an active and energetic voice for voting rights and democratic justice. In 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, he released a song for song remake of Marvin Gaye’s iconic album, What’s Going On, donating the funds toward election-cycle resources and education for low-income communities of colour. That same year, Gilfillian hosted There's An Election Going On, a concert/livestream which also aided The Equity Alliance in Nashville and featured friends Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Local Natives, Drew Holcomb, Marcus King, The War and Treaty, among others. Just last week, he performed at a fundraiser with Lucinda Williams in Nashville supporting Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District Democrat candidate, Senator, Heidi Campbell.
A musical polymath with a deep knowledge and love of vintage soul, R&B, rock and hip-hop, the Philadelphia born, Nashville based Gilfillian, has seen his profile rise steadily since bursting into view with his electrifying, self-titled debut EP in 2016 and the release of his much-admired, 2020 LP, Black Hole Rainbow. GRAMMY nominated (for Best Engineered Album), the recording received glowing notices from NPR, the New York Times, PASTE, The Tennessean, and Garden & Gun, spawned two Top 10 Triple A radio hits and numerous syncs across Apple TV+, HBO, CBS, Fox Sports, NASCAR, and the NFL.
Commanding club, theatre, and festival stages around the world, the in-demand musician has also supported artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lake Street Dive, Anderson East, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Kaleo, The Fray, and Mavis Staples, to name a few. Dates this fall included several major festival appearances and a sold-out west coast run with Lake Street Dive. Find upcoming tour dates here and below.
DEVON GILFILLIAN ON TOUR:
November 15 – Majestic Theatre – San Antonio, TX *
November 16 – Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall – Fort Worth, TX *
November 17 – JJ’s Live – Fayetteville, AR – (supporting Trombone Shorty)
November 18 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN *
December 30 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT +
December 31 – Roadrunner – Boston, MA +
February 10 - 17, 2023 - Cayamo Cruise - Miami, FL
* supporting Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
+ supporting Lake Street Dive