Samantha Mendoza - Can We Be

from Voices Of Our Vote: #MYAAPIVote Album by Various Artists



18MillionRising presents Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album - a compilation album featuring 32 politically empowering tracks by an eclectic mix of Asian American musicians. Given the current political climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and increased racial tension, turning out to vote as an AAPI community this November 8th is more important than ever. At 18MillionRising, we believe that music can shift hearts and minds, and with the release of the Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album, we believe music can activate Asian America to the polls.

This album was created in partnership with the Asian North Americans music curation platform TRAKTIVIST (; with Kollaboration ( who supports APIs in arts and entertainment by showcasing and connecting creative talents; with the oldest currently running Asian American open mic space Tuesday Night Project (; and the South Asian diaspora music and online mixtape site Mishthi Music ( All proceeds earned from the album will be donated to 18MillionRising (, an organization promoting AAPI civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.


In a minute from now things won’t be the same
Even seconds from now you can make that change
Looking into the world you may never see
All the hatred from now or past history

We were brought to life
With to two ears, two eyes
To listen and hear those who hurt inside
Our purpose is to love

Be the change you wanna see in this life
Can we be the reason there’s some faith left in this world?
Can we be…the future that holds meaning to it’s worth

Can we be…Can we be…
Can we be….the reason there’s some faith left in this world?
Tell me why does the news fade things black and white
Believe that it’s wrong when they say its right
And it shifts all our thoughts to entitled minds
We judge and become more closed off, bruised and blind


from Voices Of Our Vote: #MYAAPIVote Album, released September 6, 2016
Written & Composed By: Samantha Mendoza
Produced By: Juan "Q" Martinez


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