"Dear America when will you love me?" sings DIME Detroit student and artist Devin Woodford on Original 1265 Recordings 3rd DIME Sessions album. On the artwork of these albums it says "the sound of young Detroit" and the song “Dear America”, written by Devin’s fellow DIME student Lex Whymes who also sings on the track, is a modern day hymn to the disenfranchised youth of not just Detroit but to the whole of the country. Devin and Lex are young African-American Michganders who are brave enough to take the responsibility to sing out about what really matters to them and their peers without needing bad language or violence, which means anyone can absorb this protest song. If the right ears hear it, it could rattle a few gates from the White House to Lansing and to those within who are shaping the future of the next generation.
DIME Detroit is a serious establishment here to help young people get the real deal about choosing music as a profession in a city that has been culturally ignored for decades. As you can hear across the tracks, Detroit maintains the level of astounding talent it has always had, but today the city needs it’s young voices to be heard, and that's what these albums are all about... an opportunity to work at the next level and make your mark. Each year our students blow us away with their development and this years group, overseen by DIME's Elise McCoy, are reaching new heights of inspiration. Long may it continue.