In one of the largest collaborations in the history of Baltimore’s music scene, Believe in Music, a program of the Living Classrooms Foundation, and Towson University’s WTMD radio have come together with many of the city’s most popular musicians to record the song “Believe in Baltimore,” a plea for positive change in the wake of the riots. The song debuted on Wednesday, July 22 in heavy rotation.
All of the song’s lyrics were written and sung by middle school students in the program, with help from members of Baltimore’s most popular independent bands: Future Islands, Lower Dens, Celebration, the Bridge and Mt. Royal, as well as Caleb Stine, Letitia Vansant, Cara Satalino and others. Baltimore filmmaker Chris LaMartina shot the music video, which was produced by 15Four.
“Music is something that people should be able to relate to,” co-songwriter Taniyah Kutcherman said. “I hope that people [who hear the song] finally wake up and realize the city isn’t going to get better on its own. We should be able to come together as one community.”