Lakotah - 'Soldier's Song (4th Street Version)'
Music Review by Victoria Scott & Staff
Lakotah's haunting voice at the beginning of Soldier's Song (4th Street Version) runs under your skin. The band, which includes cellist Erin Hawkins, guitarist Frank Greenfield, bassist Andreas Kvinge, and drummer Andrew Keller, give an unforgettable performance. The cello and electric guitar are expansive in the beginning, creating a haunting sound that compliments Lakotah’s lead vocals. Lakotah's tone is smooth, yet powerful. The whole arrangement is wickedly compelling and the production by Sejo Navajas is impressive.
The first verse in "Soldier's Song," “Soldiers to the left of me, tears from the sky, a picture-perfect legacy, no place to hide, Mary has a little lamb, her arms they tremble so, and everywhere the soldiers went poor Mary has to go,” depicts the conflicts that are happening across the world and how theses conflicts hurt our children. The use of the child's rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is brilliant as it immediately brings to mind a child who should be playing in the sun, not in the midst of soldiers and war.
"Soldier's Song" is not just about conflict, it also reveals the power of love and humanity. When the key changes, as the guitar drops out, and the bass, drums and vocals enter - a space is made for the poignant message. “The soldiers they stand to the left of me, the mothers are gathered to the right, everyone questions their destiny, for the bombs fall tonight.” This line unites all in the need for peace.
Lakotah’s alternative electronic rock style is organic and powerful. You can hear the influences of Kate Bush and Alison Goldfrapp in her vocals as Lakotah's sound is commanding and confident. There are moments in “Soldier’s Song” when you are closing your eyes and contemplating life. The song brings a deep sense of awareness to the war front and the damage it inflicts. Lakotah’s voice is mesmerizing, and she gives a raw and dynamic performance that will stay with you.
'Soldier's Song (4th Street Version)' by Lakotah is featured on BWH Music Group’s new release, ‘On Peace Street, Vol. One.’ The compilation album is a collection of 19 original songs in various genres by today's best independent artists and songwriters. Sharing songs about peace and social justice, the artist's songs will ultimately remind you of the importance of peace, fairness, love and unity. Filled with meaningful lyrics and exceptional music, this playlist is an example of how music can influence, and even change, people, movements, and society.' Visit BWH Music Group Album Release Page for more information.
Lakotah is a Billboard Charting Recording Artist based in Los Angeles California, whose alternative-electronic rock is taking the world by storm. As a prolific songwriter, her extensive song catalog includes over 250 compositions. Her songs have been used in motion pictures, television and video games.
Lakotah plays the bass, guitar, drums, piano and the trumpet. Her shows are described as dynamic, emotional and affecting. Lakotah's success stems from her vocal talent. Her vocals mezmerize with a rich tone, a powerful range, and intensely expressive and passionate performances.
Lakotah first gained notable recognition with her first solo CD entitled Shape Shifter. She then caught the eye of Deluxe Records and went on to form and front the bands Soul De Sire, Love 11, and The Deep Happy. The Deep Happy released two studio albums: Activate 11:11 and the self-titled album The Deep Happy. Lakotah's new album, The Maker was just released on BooBoo Records. Lakotah performed all of the instruments on her new album, except for lead guitar and cello. Guest artists include Rebbeka Del Rio who accompanies Lakotah on "Nova's Song", guitarist Lizzi Ortiz, and celloist Erin Hawkins are featured throughout the album.
Lakotah's new single "Pesticide" has been released. The intensley, high energy, powerful new track is produced by Sejo Navajas and was recorded at the legendary 4th Street Recording Studios in Santa Monica, CA. Her last single "Hold Me Near" hit the Billboard 200 chart last year and US-Top-40/AC radio promoted by Howard Rosen Promotions.
Lakotah's politically charged single "Soldier's Song (4th Street Version)" produced by Sejo Navajas, was released in spring of 2016 to International Radio and is featured on the upcoming Refugee Album Relief/Project as well as BWH Music Group's On Peace Street.
Her Electro/ Alt- Rock single "Heaven's Own" (released in fall of 2015) has been embraced by radio programmers throughout the world and is playing on radio across the globe. Lakotah's EDM/Dance Single "I Feel Your Body" (co-produced by Mickey Oliver/remixed by DJ Kool-A-Shay), reached #7 on the DJ Charts. This EDM/Pop song is still currently being played in clubs. Her first Charted Billboard Single "Falling" is also featured in the PBS Special “Baila” which aired nationally in the US.
Lakotah's full length album, The Maker, as well as all her singles are available on all digital outlets, including Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and, and on her website.
For more information, please visit Lakotah's website.