Brandi Carlile Tackles Gun Violence, Youth Activism in “Hold Out Your Hand” Music Video

“The students behind March For Our Lives in Seattle made this video. This is me amplifying them.”

Out singer Brandi Carlile is getting political with “Hold Out Your Hand,” her latest single.

A new music video for the track, off of her recent album By The Way, I Forgive You, sees youth activists from Washington—Carlile’s home state—take to the streets in support of sensible gun reform. The video was filmed during Seattle’s March For Our Lives rally, a response to February’s deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

Its director, Kathlyn Horan, also directed The If Project, a documentary about mass incarceration that aired on Logo in 2016.

The imagery—youth holding signs, marching hand-in-hand, and demanding change from legislators—evokes mourning for lives lost to gun violence, and hope for the future.

“We can’t allow ourselves to be divided and conquered any longer by organizations that profit from our division,” Carlile said in a statement about the song. “The students behind March For Our Lives in Seattle made this video. This is me amplifying them.”

By The Way, I Forgive You is Carlile’s most politically charged album to date. In an interview with Shondaland, Carlile, who wed her longtime partner Catherine Shepard in 2012 and is now a mother, said she made that decision because of the things America politicizes.

“We should not be politicizing children, we should not be politicizing refugees, we should not be politicizing all of these loaded, dignified, private, and compassion-based issues, because it’s just dehumanizing to people,” she said.

Watch “Hold Out Your Hand” below.

 

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