“We Are Us” from Savannah Nider showcases a young singer’s keen ability to present a commanding country song. Fresh-voiced but grounded with a Midwestern-modest tone, “We Are Us” is Savannah’s anthem. Now based in Nashville, Savannah hails from the small town of Pawnee City, Nebraska. This former Cornhusker is reaping the benefits of a strong voice and beautiful lyrics. “We Are Us” is a gem of a song.
Savannah sings we won’t give up, ‘cuz we are us, people everywhere gotta learn to care for each other, ‘cuz we are us, we still pray, we still love every single day. Her voice is soothing, a light in a dark storm. The modern music bed has a blended guitar and percussion, that gives way to the guitar in the most opportune times. It’s a bluesy guitar, complimentary to the sometimes husky tone in Savannah’s delivery. She has a lot of heart in her voice, but carries a bounty of soul. She’s very approachable. She’s dynamic – conveying to the listener a passionate plea that is coming from her gut. At the end of each line, she sings with a bit more fire, a bit more grit in her delivery. It’s not in a mean way, or a dark way, but impassioned. She’s the main focus of the song, as are the words. I was expecting a bit more out of the guitar and percussion. Savannah allows the listener to get wrapped up in the guitar just enough, but by the time you’re losing yourself into the melodic guitar, she’s back singing her lyrics. It keeps the song moving quickly.
Furthermore, she’s tethered the anchor of this song in the country genre, but I think it has a much wider appeal. Yes, there is a twang in the guitar, a fine story being told. But, semblances of Americana and Adult Contemporary are present. As are ties to the Christian Contemporary genre, too. It’s safe to say fans of Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as Carrie Underwood and Vanessa Williams will be interested in hearing more from Savannah.
While listening to this song, I had a sense of the wonderment of the world. Savannah is not just singing for Americans – she’s singing for all the citizens of the globe. When people say it’s music that unites us, it’s because of songs like “We Are Us”. I’m not saying it’s a modern “We Are The World”, but Savannah and her song definitely give back the listener a sense of hope and a sense of love. “We Are Us” projects joy. Savannah is an instrument of change. She takes the listener by the hand, and rather than being patronizing or too kumbaya, she’s lays it out like it is. Savannah is wholesome, but not too syrupy or apple pie. “We Are Us” just makes the listener feel good – nothing wrong with that. Songs like this don’t come around every day, and when they do, it’s extra nice to hold them for a while and bask in their warm glow.
by Bethany Page