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Premiere: Andrew St. James – “A Prayer For East Oakland”

Doldrums Is Out Now Via Island Jar/Fortune

Feb 12, 2014 Andrew St. James Bookmark and Share

Andrew St. James has a soulful swing that will appeal to fans of Fitz and the Tantrums and Jamie Lidell. But under the jangly piano and crooned vocals of “A Prayer For East Oakland,” is a dark true story.

“The lyrics to ‘A Prayer For East Oakland’ are formed around Psalms in the New Testament,” St. James tells Under the Radar. “The song was originally a poem I wrote after a childhood friend of mine was murdered during the summer of 2011 outside of his home in East Oakland. Watching the homicide rate in the city rise almost exponentially during that time made me frustrated with how little people around me knew or cared about the violence in a community so close to our home.”

Check out our premiere of the track below. St. James’ new album Doldrums is out now via Island Jar/Fortune.




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