After the violent death of his young son’s friend earlier this year, Chicago house music producer and DJ Terry Hunter wanted to do something to not only express his grief and frustration, but to inspire people to act together for change. He’s hoping that the result, a new track, entitled We Are One featuring “Slique” Jay Adams, becomes an anthem and a movement that improves communities.
Hunter will release the song via his T’s Box Records label on September 17 via Traxsource. We Are One will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to organizations working with youth and those affected by violence, including Kids Off the Block, Chicago’s Citizens for Change and the Hadiya Pendleton Foundation. Hunter also is working to build relationships and partnerships between the organizations, local businesses and prospective volunteers.
“My hope is that We Are One gets people moving, and gets them thinking about what’s happening in Chicago,” says Hunter. “More importantly, I hope it inspires them to translate their feelings into positive action in our neighborhoods.”
Hunter is using his music industry contacts to drum up support of the project, asking local artists and businesses to donate volunteer time and financial resources to its charitable partners. He’s also tapped into his networks to produce a video featuring Chicago youth, artists and celebrities. The video will premiere at a reception later this month, and Hunter is planning additional events to raise awareness of the project and link individuals with opportunities to give in their communities.
Listen/Buy We Are One on Traxsource