Damon Little – ‘Stand Up’

Damon Little has always put advocacy at the heart of his projects, and has consistently spoken out on behalf of civil rights and universal brotherhood, and he’s raised consciousness and promoted education about ostomies, a medical condition that affects half a million Americans.

He’s even invited the members of the United Ostomy Association of America to march in his clip for his latest single, ‘Stand Up’. Born in Baltimore, this singer, songwriter, and activist is not just a fighter, but he’s a lover, too, and his new song is big enough for all of us to enjoy, no matter our disadvantage, or our disability.

A Grammy-winning singer, Damon Little sends his song out to anybody who has ever had to overcome prejudice, or discrimination, or obstacles of any kind. ‘Stand Up’ is a call for unity, equality, and compassion — a firm and friendly handshake offered to humanity on behalf of God.

‘Stand Up’ follows on from Little’s previous Gospel releases, including ‘I Won’t Be Defeated’, ‘Because Of You’, and ‘Be Alright’, among many others. Little exhibits a surplus of warmth and positive energy, singing and testifying in a voice that simultaneously evokes Sunday service, a smoky jazz club, and the soul classics of Al Green and the Spinners.

And because Damon Little never takes half measures, he’s taking his audience straight to one of the most famous sites in Civil Rights history: the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in March 1965, peaceful protesters were attacked by police engaged in the enforcement of segregation. Half a century later, Little takes to the Bridge with a group of marchers and throws a celebration of his own — and reminds us all of how far we still have to go. He’s also provided us with plenty of footage of Selma, including night-time shots of the disused Washington Street Supermarket, the imposing Dallas County Courthouse, and the moving plaques in the Civil Rights Memorial Park. When Little stands up before a judge and defends a client beaten by the cops, his call for justice echoes across the entire storied city.

You can follow Damon Little and find out more about his music online on his official website,

FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Watch the video for ‘Stand Up’ below.

Damon Little - Stand Up (Official Music Video)

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