The 2013 Dream Reborn Song Competition finished STRONG! With over 50 song submissions from all over the country and 5,278 total votes cast for the songs, it is clear that music moves our movement!

We’re sending a BIG thank you to everyone who voted to support the amazing artists, who submitted songs; and, to the Ludacris Foundation for helping us choose the winner (no easy task)!

And finally… Congratulations to the four winners! We had a tie for 3rd place :)

We look forward to working with our grand prize winner to make the next, hot music video for the movement. As was true during Dr. King’s time, music has the power to keep us pushing!

And with no further adu…Check out the winning songs and artists, and stay tuned for the WORLD PREMEIRE of the winning song’s new music video in a few months!

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Grand Prize winner:

Gallo: Imma Push. Originally hailing from the Bronx New York, Gallo Locknez is an MC and producer on a mission! When speaking about his winning track “Imma Push” Gallo says, “this song motivates all to push towards there goals. At times we may feel the world is against us but staying focused on our dreams we can achieve them!” Gallo uses a high energy, epic instrumental to showcase his uplifting raps and monster delivery! Gallo sums it up like this, “this song is to encourage all to NEVER give up and keep pushing forward! So when that time has come to show the world your talent or beliefs you will be ready!” Congratulations Gallo…We’re ready!

1st Runner up:

Mr. Eco: project Green Challenge (PGC). Live and direct from San Luis Obisbo California, the “Eco-Rap superhero” Mr. Eco is on a mission to empower youth to go green “from the inside out!” With his track Project Green Challenge (PGC), Mr. Eco highlights what it means to “turn your thinking from conventional to conscious.” The song is in support of his non-profit Teens Turning Green which will launch its 3rd Annual Project Green Challenge on October 1, 2013. This powerful, diverse and far reaching movement is a global call to action for high school and college students, to shift to conscious living, informed consumption and personal action. Already reaching 2,500 students on over 400 campuses, Mr. Eco’s mission is far from done! Find out more about TTG here!

2nd Runner up (tie):

San Francisco’s Robin Applewood is a 3 time honorable mention in the VH1 songwriting competition. His song “”I Believe,”” is inspired by the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, “”I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” Robin expresses his own message of love through consciously crafted lyrics. Themes of pollution and disconnect in society, are complimented by a triumphant and self-empowering, positive vibe. The song features special guest Junior Toots from Jamaica and female Iranian vocalist Sol Atash singing an important message of peace in “”Farsi,”” Iran’s native language. Robin’s song is truly uplifting and the definition of music with a message!

2nd Runner up (tie):

Chris Jobe and his band Nodaway come to us straight out of Nashville TN! Crafting an eclectic sound, Nodaway works in elements of reggae, hip hop and rock to tell their message. For Chris, the opportunity to honor Dr. King was not taken lightly, “So many people were against him and wanted him dead, but he knew what he believed in was true and that he had to keep on fighting. The brilliant thing about Dr. King, was that he promoted nonviolent protest and with this approach he was able to have the most monumental impact on both the 20th and 21st centuries.” With their entry “Love Fight” Nodaway provide a call for unity, while shedding light on issues as broad as pollution, globalization, class discrimination and more. Although touching on serious issues, they know that the message of unity and love is what will bring us forward!

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