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MP3 Daniel Lowery - I'm an American

A smooth and patriotic R&B tune.

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POP: Pop, URBAN/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover

“I, Too, Sing America.” This simple, yet poignant poem by Langston Hughes embodies a spirit of pride and patriotism that African Americans feel but rarely verbalize.

Not since that poem, written several decades ago, has there been a more stirring and heartfelt tribute to America by an African American artist than Daniel Lowery’s “I’m An American.”

Written from the perspective of a U.S. soldier serving in Iraq, “I’m An American” resonates with passion, pride and patriotism.

A renowned Las Vegas performer who has shared the stage with everyone from Bill Cosby to Gladys Knight, Daniel Lowery says he wrote the song as a tribute to our troops and as a reminder to Americans that our freedoms are precious. “In the song it’s a soldier writing home to his mother telling her that he’ll be home soon,” he explains. “He says that sometimes he wonders why he’s over there but he knows he’s got to protect America and do his job.” He sings, “Now I am a man, doing everything I can to protect the rights you fought to give to me/For you I will be strong, I’ll be home before too long/’Cause I’m an American.”

Laced with Lowery’s velvety vocals, the joyous voices of a gospel choir and a lush, full-bodied track, “I’m An American” is hopeful and uplifting. But like countless Americans, Lowery says he was devastated by the war. “When we wrote this song, we were watching what was going on over there in Iraq. I had relatives in the armed forces and I was concerned for them.”

Lowery says it was Miami based writer/producer Hal S. Batt (Julio Iglesias, Regina Belle, Shakira), who convinced him that they should make an uplifting song. “We decided that we needed to have something that gives Americans hope,” he says. So they teamed up with Nashville songwriter Jennifer Constantine and penned what is sure to be a timeless and classic ode to America. “I want this song to be an anthem,” he says. “I want to send the message that we need to come together as a country and be as one and change the way things are going on here.”

As the first single from his forthcoming self-titled CD, “I’m An American” sets the stage for a musical offering that is as diverse as America itself. “None of the other songs on the album is like this,” he says of the 10-piece set, which is largely comprised of adult contemporary R&B.

The insightful “Live and Let Live” is sort of a modern-day version of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’;” “I’ll Give You All The Love You Want From Me” is the consummate wedding song while “Let’s Turn the Lights Down Low” is a sexy uptempo tune.

Born in West Palm Beach, Florida and based in Las Vegas where he has performed consistently for the past 14 years, Lowery said he got his start, like many of his musical colleagues, in the church. “My grandfather was a Baptist preacher and I used to sing in the choir,” he recalls. “When I was a senior in high school I had a group called Danny and the Creations. We used to sing at all the local talent shows. At that time I saw the effect I had on people when I would sing a song and I knew this was what I wanted to do.”

Performing under the moniker, Jamariah (Swahili for ‘dream chaser’), Lowery convinced local promoters to let him open for major artists and before too long, his name started to spread throughout the industry. Today he is one of the few African American singers with his own Vegas act – he’s performed at the Monte Carlo Hotel for nearly four years now – and he’s warding off an onslaught from other singers who want to make “I’m An American” their own. “There are several big name country singers who have shown interest in recording ‘I’m An American,’ but this song has so much meaning to me, I’d rather do it myself,” he says. “Besides, why can’t a black man have an anthem like this?”

Daniel Lowry has proven that a black man can indeed have an anthem like this; that he, too, sings America. “I’ve been doing this for a long time,” he lends. “For a shot to come at this stage in my life is an honor. Only in America can something like this happen.”

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