Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder and Erik Kabik
2TSpark, comprised of longtime musical collaborators and bandmates Tracy Blackman and Tina “Bean” Blaine, have announced the release of a new single, “It’s My Body,” a rallying call for women’s reproductive rights, featuring Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana. The single is set to drop tomorrow, Sept. 17, and the official music video is out now.
The synergetic new number features 2TSpark’s marimba, djembe, udu and vocal tracks, which were recorded at Bean’s studio in Alameda, Calif., where the ensemble was joined by Vicki Randle, who added vocals to the mix. With Cindy Blackman Santana’s percussive abilities teamed with her husband’s spotless guitar, the single took shape after Jim Reitzel provided the final mix.
“We all hope that this video and song will help raise awareness around the globe and raise funds for organizations that are dedicated to supporting women’s rights and their reproductive freedom,” offered Blackman. “After Bean and I recorded the song, with Vicki Randle on backing vocals, my sister Cindy heard it and said she’d put down drum parts. Then, my brother-in-law, Carlos, heard the song. He loved it, couldn’t stop playing it. Then he said he wanted to play on it and the project took off from there.”
Bean also offered some additional background on the new song. She stated via press release, “We wrote ‘It’s My Body’ during a marimba jam in response to the Texas abortion ban that passed in September 2021. When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, we felt an urgency to share this message.”
Proceeds from the sale of the song, which will be available on Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, and additional streaming platforms, beginning tomorrow, Sept. 17, will directly benefit NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Network of Abortion Funds, National Organization of Woman and Planned Parenthood.
Watch the official music video below.