The Power In "One Voice" Against Bullying
By Linda Anselmi on March 31, 2014
There is amazing power in the anti-bullying song “One Voice.”
You hear it in the words written by 15 year-old New Zealand singer/song writer Nakita Turner as she tells the story of those who have been bullied. Real stories of her own experiences and those she learned from interviewing 180 other youths. You feel it in her incredible voice as she expresses the real pain that bullying brings, and the sense of isolation and shame.
You see it in the album cover artwork created by 17 year-old New Zealand artist Kristina Webb that beautifully and chillingly illustrates the physical and mental branding that scars those who have been bullied.
But equally powerful is the sense of community and empowerment you walk away with after hearing “One Voice” — a song that took two years to make. The pop/rock music that leaves you upbeat and uplifted; faces and voices of youthful optimism; a back story on the many connections and collaborations that developed and helped ”One Voice” happen; and, ultimately, a confirmation of what we all know (lyrics):
“One voice can make a differenceOne voice can make it rightOne voice can change the world One voice can make it betterOne voice can heal the painOne voice can change the world …But more would be better”
What better way to fight back against bullying behavior whose goal is to shut down, shut out and instill fear, than to join with Nakita and Kristina to build “One Voice” into many voices!
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