[Cover photo credit to Stephen Albanese]
Seattle-based singer-songwriter Payge Turner and Colorado musician/philanthropist Jace Allen have released their new collaborative single “Underwater”. The single is the first of two releases from their joint project that benefits The Clean Slate Initiative, a non-profit that raises money for social justice reform, and also clears the records of those formerly in the prison system who commit to staying crime-free.
Allen and Turner’s fellow bandmates on the song include Divinity Roxx (Beyoncé) on bass, Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind) on drums, JUNO (Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars) on guitar, Akie Bermiss (Lake Street Dive) on keys, and Dave Immerman (Avril Lavigne) on guitar.
Turner comments on the origin of the song:
“When I first wrote ‘Underwater,’ I recorded it for a Tiny Desk submission, and I knew something was missing. I had no idea where I wanted the song to go, but I knew I didn’t want to do anything with it until I had the right pieces. With Jace’s ear and insights, as well as our team’s help, the song came alive in a way I didn’t think was possible. I’m very excited for the world to hear it because it’s evolved into a dangerous force.”
The accompanying video tells the story of how Allen and Turner “came together to break down barriers with music”. The video begins with their first in-person encounter record, and dives into clips of the recording session.
Jace Allen, describing the collaborative environment, says:
“Getting to create music to support impact organizations is an amazing gift. But getting to do this with an all-star cast of musicians, along with the incredible, Payge Turner is truly beyond. When Payge brought an early version of ‘Underwater’ to me, I just knew together we could take this song to a whole other level.”
All “Underwater” Bandcamp proceeds will go to Clean Slate, and for every 100 purchases, Allen will donate one $1,000 up until 500 downloads. Allen will additionally donate $1,000 per every 10,000 streams until a cap of 50,000 streams. People may also directly donate at right here.
Previous singles Allen released raised money for the Colorado Relief Fund and Breakthrough (formerly Defy Colorado).