Release Date: December 1, 2021 | LISTEN + DOWNLOAD
Radio-charting folk/Americana songwriter Jaspar Lepak releases her new single "My Right to Choose," written by Cary Cooper and Tom Prasada-Rao in the days following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the new Texas law that essentially bans abortions. Honored to be the first to record this timely song, Jaspar releases it on December 1, 2021—the day the Supreme Court hears oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
More About the Song
"My Right to Choose" is a new song, recorded by Jaspar Lepak and written by Cary Cooper and Tom Prasada-Rao. Written in the days following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the new Texas law that essentially bans abortions after 6 weeks, this straightforward and powerful response comes at a time when a woman’s constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion is being threatened and challenged across the country. Written from a woman’s perspective, this song speaks to the core of the issue: “it’s my heart, my soul, my body, and it’s my right to choose.”
Shortly after writing the song, Tom Prasada-Rao performed it during a livestream with the Greenwich Village Folk Festival in which singer-songwriter, Jaspar Lepak, also took part. "When I heard Tom perform this song, it blew me away," she says. "The right to choose is not just about a woman's body: it's about her intrinsic value as a person and her equal standing in society. What is so often missing from this debate is a woman's voice speaking plainly about her life. This song does that. She is a child of God too." When Jaspar told Tom how much the song had moved her, Tom and Cary both encouraged her to record it. Working with Alicia Healey at The Winterblue Room in Seattle, Jaspar and Alicia created a dark, country arrangement that speaks directly to Texas and to the issue as a whole.
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