Rising star Leslie Cours Mather’s “We Are America” is a rallying cry for unity. The new single is at radio now, and is available for free download from Mather’s website to fans who join her mailing list.
Mather wrote the compelling song immediately after 9/11. “I was heartbroken,” she recalls. “But all over Los Angeles, you’d see countless American flags flying from cars. Our country was unified – briefly.” Leslie, a self-professed “Army Brat”, admits to feeling a certain level of disappointment when LA Lakers’ flags replaced the stars and stripes just a few short months later. “I think that if people are indifferent we have a problem,” Mather states. “It seems more important than ever that we remember that we are a people united by this country we call home…united we stand; divided we fall. That’s what “We Are America” is all about – and why we’re releasing it now.”
“We Are America” shows Mather in a new light. Her previous three MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart singles (“That Was The Whiskey,” “Hell Hath No Fury,” “Countrified”) were targeted at Country audiences and more focused on the singer’s sense of fun and showcasing her amazing vocal versatility. Appealing to a broader scope of listeners, the new release takes an unapologetic patriotic stand.
“I always try to bring a message of hope and goodness into my music,” Leslie says. “I think anyone from a military family has a heightened sense of patriotism; I certainly do – and my hope is to see people fall in love with America again.”
Produced by Denny Diante (Elton John, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King) and recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, the single features Country/Rock band Calabama on the powerful repeated chorus. Leslie recalls, “The atmosphere was a creative person’s paradise, and when we started adding the talents of Brent Mason, Bobby Terry and Buddy Hyatt, it just kept getting better and better. Every layer we added – musicians, lead vocals, background vocals, the mix, the master – the song just got more and more powerful.”