Amazon Music Announces Documentary Film FOR LOVE & COUNTRY

Amazon Music has announced For Love & Country, a new feature-length Amazon Music Original documentary that proclaims COUNTRY MUSIC has always been black music. The genre not only owes part of its origin story to black musicians, but throughout its history, prominent black voices have pushed the genre forward with little recognition or fanfare.

Directed by director and photographer Joshua Kissi, For Love & Country examines COUNTRY MUSIC through the personal stories of a new generation of black artists reclaiming space in Nashville and helping to transform gender in the process. The trailer for For Love & Country was released today and the film will be released on April 7 in the Amazon Music app and on Prime Video.

“What I understood is COUNTRY MUSIC because a genre is just as complex as this country itself,” said Joshua Kissi. when it was due. “

“I’ve always believed in the old saying, ‘if you can see it, you can be it,'” Mickey Guyton said. “However, it is no secret that there has been a lack of representation of black artists in the mainstream COUNTRY MUSIC for years. That’s why I hope little black girls growing up now can see us, artists like Brittney, Reyna, Amythyst, Allison, Valerie, Frankie and me, and know they have a place here in country music. We all do.”

For Love & Country is an exploration of the space between myth and reality of a genre, an industry and a city. A new generation of black artists is seeking to change the country’s long-standing identity as music by and for white audiences. As seen in the trailer released today, For Love & Country features interviews and performances by current Grammy-nominated Best New Artist Jimmie Allen, Grammy-nominated Blanco Brown, Breakthrough Artist for Amazon Music BRELAND, award-winning songwriter and 2021 Amazon Music Artist to Watch Shy Carter, Mickey Guyton, Grammy nominee, Valerie June, Grammy nominee, Amythyst Kiah, Grammy nominee, 2022 Artists to Watch for Amazon Music, Willie Jones and Reyna Roberts, Grammy-nominated Allison Russell, rising star Brittney Spencer, and pianist and singer-songwriter Frankie Staton. Local Nashville residents will also be featured, including New York Times best-selling author and journalist Andrea Williams, Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk and former Vice Mayor Howard Gentry, academic and author Amanda Marie Martínez, and rapper Mike Floss.

“This film is our collective story, in our own words,” said Brittney Spencer. “We all chart our own unique paths. We all have our own dreams and challenges, and our own ways of traveling them. I hope that when people see this film, they will better understand the conversation about race in country music. I hope this humanizes the issues being discussed and puts a whole host of beautiful black faces on a topic that the public has heavily engaged and debated, especially over the past couple of years. I’m happy to be a part of it and to share my story.

“In telling this story, it was imperative for us to amplify the personal stories of these wonderfully diverse country artists, for within them lie the stories of black contributions to the genre,” said Raymond Roker, global editorial manager of Amazon Music. “They are also very universal stories of acceptance, of being welcomed into spaces that we choose to occupy despite having the door open to us, and how stories and history can become marginalized over time. The film’s title is also a reminder that these artists all came from a place of love, adoration and even reverence for country music’s past, its heroes and contributors across the spectrum.”

Alongside the trailer, Amazon Music released “Black Myself,” an Amazon Original acoustic version of star Amythyst Kiah’s incredible song, recorded during filming for Amazon Music listeners only. Listen to “Black Myself” here. Additional Amazon Original songs from artists featured in the film will be released over the coming weeks, ahead of the release of For Love & Country on April 7 in the Amazon Music app and on Prime Video. For Love & Country was directed by Joshua Kissi and produced by DPM Projects and Pizza Night.

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Watch the new trailer here: