Moonalice & Jack Markell Release ‘Charlottesville’ Celebrating The Life Of Heather Heyer

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Three years ago, Heather Heyer was murdered by a driver while participating in the peaceful protest of a “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville. Former Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell, wrote lyrics, while Ann McNamee wrote the music to “Charlottesville,” in honor of Heather. Full Moonalice and the Doobie Decibel System were enlisted to bring it to life and John Mavroudis created the portrait of Heather Heyer.

Markell has a long history of writing poetry and has always been interested in songwriting. He was connected with Ann McNamee, the wife of Moonalice/Doobie Decibel System’s Roger McNamee, to add music to the lyrics he wrote to celebrate the life of Heather Heyer. Ann orchestrated the music with Roger and Jason Crosby and brought in both bands to complete “Charlottesville.”

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Jack Markell shared the following about “Charlottesville”:

I was so blessed to have had the opportunity to serve as Governor of Delaware for eight years. Even though I’m no longer an elected official, I’m still very committed to supporting social justice issues impacting our country. There are many avenues to achieve this, and I believe music can be a powerful force for change. So, I took my passion for writing poetry and began to hone my music writing skills with the support of my talented songwriting instructor, Jody Gray. I am so fortunate to have connected with Ann McNamee and the terrific musicians involved with “Charlottesville.” Together we hope to share a very important story and keep Heather Heyer’s spirit alive.

“When I read Gov. Markell’s lyrics about ‘Marching’ in ‘Solidarity,’ I thought this song should involve many people,” added Ann McNamee. “Especially during this time of isolation, we need to connect and meet tragedy head-on with our love. I immediately thought of the Moonalice and Doobie Decibel System families, and I’m so grateful everyone said Yes!”

Watch the “Charlottesville” video below:

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