Vans and Record Store Day release Songs For You, Volumes 1 & 2 to honor the community impact of black-owned record stores

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Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is collaborating with record store day release two albums Songs for You, Vols. 1 & 2to highlight and support black-owned record stores. The limited edition vinyl releases will be available on Record Store Day 2021 (December 12).th).

As a tribute to the community power of black-owned businesses, Vans and Record Store Day will reinvest earnings from the albums in black-owned record stores across the United States.

Nineteen tracks by prolific black artists are included on the two compilations, including previously unreleased music by Robert Flakwhose uplifting rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” pays tribute to the 50thth anniversary of Gaye’s groundbreaking album and song.

According to Flack, a six-time Grammy Award-winning pioneer and one of the music industry’s most iconic R&B artists, the black-owned record store experience is as important and influential as ever: “Black-owned record stores have historically served as places where our community gathered to learn, listen and celebrate. They were places of political activism where we find our voice through the music we listen to. Unfortunately, Marvin’s song, which I’m including in this project, is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago when it was released.”

Grammy Award Winning Artist Together also contributes a track to honor the impact of Black’s own record stores on his life. “I owe so much to record stores, and black-owned record stores in particular,” Common recently told Variety. “It’s so nice to know that there are record stores that were still around in the ’60s and that people are taking this business to those record stores and supporting vinyl,” he said. “And it’s so incredible to think about opening a record store because it means younger generations are participating.”

“Black owned record stores have always been more than just a place to buy music in their communities. These companies were hubs for social and political activism, self-expression, culture and belonging,” he said Michael Kurtz, Co-founder of Record Store Day. “They are the heart and soul of the music industry and the impact they have had on their communities to make important social and political advances is immeasurable.”

Both volumes of songs for you show artworks by award-winning artists Aamba Chavis, an emerging young voice in black visual arts. Other young changemakers lending their voices to the album are Grammy nominees Tanks and the Bangas from New Orleans. “As an artist, it’s heartening to be a part of such an amazing moment in history as people stand up and speak out,” the band said Tarriona “Carapace” Ball. “This special Record Store Day release will shed some much-needed light on the black-owned businesses that inspire artists like us. We recognize black-owned record stores for their role in promoting music and culture.”

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