bio - emma's revolution

"Fervent and heartfelt" ~The New York Times

Smart, funny and informative--like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. Emma's Revolution is the duo of award-winning activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Called “inspiring, gusty and rockin’”, Emma's Revolution's songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holly Near. The duo's awards include Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and, for the second year in a row, the Washington Area Music Association's Fan Favorite Award.

In addition to Pat's solo cds, Emma's Revolution has released three cds and recorded two with Holly Near. Their songs have also been included in numerous compilations. The duo tours 200 days a year and, in the spirit of Emma Goldman's famous attribution, “If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution,” Emma's Revolution has brought their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of irreverence to thousands of concerts and activist events across the US and abroad.

Emma's Revolution's latest songs are available for download:

- "Sing People Sing", written in tribute to their friend and mentor, Pete Seeger, features Pat on banjo and Gary Johnson on accordion. Pat was with the Seeger family and a small group of friends when Pete passed, singing him home to Toshi. The duo wrote "Sing People Sing" in the days following.

- "Love Reaches Out" was written for the theme of this year's international gathering of the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. Emma's Revolution premiered the song at the gathering in Providence RI. The recording features DC-area musicians Henry Cross on bass and Brian Simms on piano.

Emma's Revolution's song, "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" has been chosen for the new hymnal of a worldwide denomination.

Out of the hymnal's 600+ songs, Community of Christ has selected "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" to be taught to its 250,000 members worldwide and has created Peace Through All People", a stunningly beautiful and moving video of congregants and friends from Australia to Zambia singing "Peace, Salaam, Shalom", with verses in French, Spanish and English.

Watch and share the video with your community!

More about Emma's Revolution . . .

"With gorgeous close harmonies and unsinkable tunefulness, Emma’s Revolution (the Emma is Goldman) is a classic, globetrotting duo comprised of activist singer/songwriters Sandy O and Pat Humphries. Their music is progressive, socially-conscious and shot-through with intelligence and cutting humor. Newest disc 'Revolutions Per Minute' is a front-to-back gem." ~Iowa City Press-Citizen

"Great melodies and harmonies with a driving beat that just makes you want to, well, RISE! [The songs on "RPM"] are anthemic songs in the folk tradition that are calls to action . . . truly exciting, fun, invigorating and right on point." ~WMNF Radio

"Across from the White House, we paused... We were arrested several hours later, having sung 'Peace Salaam Shalom' and 'All We Are Saying...' the entire time." ~Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

"The powers that be can control the media but it's hard to stop a good song... Pat's songs will be sung well into the 22nd century." ~Pete Seeger on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered"

"The epitome of great contemporary political music." ~Sing Out!