By David Scotney
HARD ROCK BAND
RELEASE POWERFUL SONG AND VIDEO ‘STOLEN SISTERS’
PROTEST SONG AMPLIFIES THE PLIGHT REGARDING MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN WITH THE CALL:
“HEAR THEIR VOICE, THEY WILL NEVER BE SILENT!”
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SONG DONATED TO
Album artwork: Vanished by Melissa Johns
WATCH “STOLEN SISTERS” here
January 17, 2020 (New York, NY) - Recording artist/hard rock band, JANUS today released a powerful song and video called, “Stolen Sisters”. The release of this song marks the first original JANUS cut in many years and is a plea about the ongoing plight regarding missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and JANUS hopes it will raise awareness.
The descriptive lyrics are underpinned by the driving beat and a protest cry, “See the face of our stolen sisters, know her name/calling out, she will never be silent.” The video matches the passion and cry of the song with images of indigenous women and girls as well as family members and protest marches intertwined with live performance footage of JANUS. “Stolen Sisters” is an anthemic dirge that leaves the listener/viewer energized by the music and informed about the issue at hand.
The video premiered yesterday on Pure Grain Audio who said, “[‘Stolen Sisters’] is a bold and intense modern rock track that is both gripping and powerful.”
JANUS partnered with the Sovereign Bodies Institute on content for the video including the images and statistics shown. Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI), is an affiliate of Seventh Generation Fund, a non-profit at the forefront of Indigenous leadership for 40 years.
To add another layer, “Stolen Sisters” was produced by multi-platinum producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men, Breaking Benjamin, Paramore) who has sold over 60 million records in his career.
David Scotney says, “David’s excitement for the cause and my passion for the song made him the perfect partner to enhance the song and make it as meaningful and urgent as the message itself,” he continues, “ David was amazing to work with. He's intense and, like any master of their craft, knows how to pull the strings and get the best song idea and performance out of you. It really happened without me even realizing it! I grew as a songwriter thanks to his involvement.”
“Stolen Sisters” is released through Music Sparks Change and oneRPM and can be heard on all streaming services.
Connect with JANUS
Musician David Scotney fronted the heavy rock group JANUS, touring the country with a top 10 single, 2009’s “Eyesore” and touring with bands such as All That Remains, Breaking Benjamin and Sevendust. The band formed in 1998 in Chicago and released 5 studio albums, mixing alternative metal with non-traditional rock instruments that included auxiliary percussion and electronic sounds. Scotney left the band six years ago, retiring from music to move to Lake Geneva and open a pizza restaurant. Having developed a real passion for Neopolitan pizza and the art of making it, he opened Oakfire in Lake Geneva in 2015. Scotney reimagined JANUS with his goal being to give back through his passion for music. He has launched his own label, Music Sparks Change, combining philanthropy of all kinds with music that features a variety of artists. The label is a non-profit organization and completely philanthropic. The goal of the label is to release each single in a way that builds awareness for different causes by not only releasing music as JANUS, but also by working with other artists who share his same vision. The label’s first outing, a cover of The Cars’ classic hit “Drive,” was a partnership with The JED Foundation The goal was to reduce the stigma for people suffering with Bipolar Disorder and other mental health issues.The song has thus far gathered over 60,000 listens on SPOTIFY and the video has been watched almost 1000 times. Scotney and the label hope to keep growing and expanding their philanthropic partnerships as they release new music. David Scotney and JANUS will continue to create new and innovative ways to give back through the lens of music, his passion.
Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) is a home for generating knowledge and understandings of how Indigenous nations and communities are impacted by gender and sexual violence, and how they may continue to work towards healing and freedom from such violence. SBI honors the epistemologies and lifeways of indigenous peoples, and is bound by accountability to the land, their ancestors, and each other. SBI collaborates with Tribal Courts and local jurisdictions to provide essential information in missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) cases. Their MMIW Database logs cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and Two-spirit people, from 1900 to the present.