Anne E. Dechant's Music Video "Change"
Anne E. DeChant’s music video “Change,” a song co-written with Frye Gaillard, averaged more than 1,000 views a week after if was posted on YouTube August 10, 2020, and the number continues to rise. The song, combined with its powerful collage of photographs and video footage depicting the push for racial justice in America, asks each of us to confront the question: “What kind of change am I?” What can I do to help our nation live up to its ideals and end the realities of racism that have stained our national life from the start.
Nashville’s Mike Severs, former guitarist for Dolly Parton, produced the music on the video. Videographer Todd Volkmer compiled and arranged the images. The background chorus included nationally known musicians and singer-songwriters, Peter Cooper, Carlos Jones, and David G. Smith, as well as Frye’s daughters and granddaughters, Rachel and Abby Smook and Tracy and Gemma Pendergast. Rachel Smook, an award-winning photographer, took the cover photo for the video release.
“This was a family project,” said Frye, “a labor of love for all of us involved. Congratulations to Anne E. DeChant for coming up with the idea. No one song – no single effort – will change the world, but we can keep tossing our pebbles of hope and let the ripples spread.”
Anne E. Dechant
The Sun Coming In
Anne E. DeChant’s new album, "The Sun Coming In," with a title cut co-written by Frye Gaillard, has made the top 10 on the Roots Music Alternative-Folk Chart. Even more exciting, the CD’s first single, "Sunday Morning Drive," co-written by Anne E. and her friend, David G. Smith, has reached #1 on the same Folk Chart. “This is well-deserved affirmation for great artist and friend,” said Gaillard. “I’m really excited for Anne E.” In addition to the radio airplay, “The Sun Coming In” has gotten superb reviews nationwide. In the words of No Depression magazine: “Anne E. DeChant is ... a passionate prophetess who has come in from the wild, rough edges intact and ready to rock… She is what the future of Americana music needs to be.” For Frye Gaillard, the new CD, which contains three songs he co-wrote with DeChant, marks his second appearance on a national radio chart. In 2011, Kathryn Scheldt’s hit single, “Almost Cheatin’,” co-written with Frye, reached #8 on the New Music Weekly Country Chart.