Song Premiere: Fort Atlantic, “Let Your Heart Hold Fast”

Fort Atlantic are the latest band to be added to the swelling Bonnaroo lineup. The brainchild of songwriter Jon Black, Fort Atlantic will be supporting their self-titled debut album, out May 29 on Dualtone. Get a listen to the album track “Let Your Heart Hold Fast,” which features an anthemic chorus that uses a choir of disparate voices Black collected over e-mail.

“The inspiration for the virtual choir came from a live version of Pete Seeger singing “We Shall Overcome”,” Black tells American Songwriter. “It’s amazing because Pete’s voice is hard to hear due to the audience singing with him. Music should remind us we’re not alone and what better way than to have people sing with you? I don’t have to invite people over to the studio anymore. Geographical boundaries for the recording studio are starting to blur. One guy even did this on his iPhone during his lunch break at work and emailed it in directly from the parking lot. It was a fun experiment and I hope to do more things like this in the future.”

If it turns out as good as this one did, we’re all ears.