The entertainment industry is known for its liberal ways. Musicians and performers, like their actor counterparts, generally embrace left-of-center politics. Performers like Pink!, The Dixie Chicks, Madonna and Green Day, among others, have made their allegiances known. But what about their conservative counterparts?
While the music world is certainly dominated by liberals, there are plenty of right-leaning musicians out there — some, of course, are more well-known than others. Nonetheless, while conservatives are underrepresented in film and music, there are some talented acts worth noting.
One of the newest bands on the scene, Madison Rising, is intent on making an impact on the music industry, while keeping an upbeat and patriotic tone. “Madison Rising promotes the principles of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility,” reads the band’s web site. The group has a new album, complete with songs about the Second Amendment, U.S. troops and the American dream.
Recently, the band released a music video that directly targets the Occupy Wall Street movement. Watch the band’s clip — a montage of pictures showcasing the shenanigans down at the Occupy Wall Street — which is set to one of its new tunes, “Honk if You Want Peace”:
Here’s another video for their tune, “Where Was the Media Then?,” which targets bias among mainstream journalists and reporters:
And would Madison Rising truly be a conservative band if it didn’t have a tune celebrating President Ronald Reagan? The song, “In the Days that Reagan Ruled,” meshes together good music with the former president’s words. Listen here:
Last week, Madison Rising appeared on GBTV, where the band members spoke with Blaze editor Scott Baker. Watch the guys discuss their musical journey:
Madison Rising, of course, isn’t the only conservative rock band. There’s also singer Ava Aston, who has seen her music make its way onto independent film soundtracks, has performed the national anthem at more than 100 events across America and has built an impressive following on social media.
Aston recently posted a music video for her song, “I Carry You With Me.” She dedicated it to U.S. troops, writing the following on her blog about Veterans’ Day (her husband served in the U.S. military as well):
Only one time in our history will we ever be able to have the opportunity to experience the calendar reflecting such a number as 11/11/11. As unique as it is, there is no better holiday to fall on such a day. We live in a world that is moving so fast it’s hard to sometimes catch the “moments”. For many of you, you already know that this Greek Girl is big on family and big on giving back, but most of all I am big on honoring those who deserve it the most.
Here’s the video:
And let’s not forget about Krista Branch, the young woman whose song, “I am America,” was picked up by the Herman Cain campaign. Following the release of her single, Branch found herself getting booked to appear on Fox News and to perform for major conservative figures. On her web site, she is described as “a devoted wife, mother, patriot, and a woman of deep faith.”
Here’s the music video for “I am America”:
Branch has another tune, too, devoted to Israel. The song, “Lead Me On,” is a re-make and was originally sung by Amy Grant. Watch the video, below:
Joe Dan Gorman is a performer who launched “American Video Jukebox,” a video blog that features conservative artists and different VJs each week. The overall aim of the project is to support conservatives in entertainment (a related project called PoltiChicks.tv features Victoria Jackson). Here’s an episode of Jukebox, below:
Then there are other artists who have made the Billboard charts with well-known hits. There’s Kid Rock, who has an interesting history in the conservative movement (he’s written some sexually-graphic songs and he’s been the center of controversy among right-leaning pundits). But despite his less-than-prude lyrical history, Kid Rock is described by his liberal friend Sheryl Crow as “super conservative and very quiet.”
In 2008, he teamed up with the U.S. Army National Guard, to compose “Warrior,” a song that the military used in a massive public service campaign. “He is as real as it comes,” Col. Mike Jones of the Army National Guard’s strength maintenance office said at the time. “And he was unapologetic about supporting the Army National Guard recruiting program.”
Here’s the video for “Warrior”:
Last week, the New York Daily News reported that Kid Rock’s “Born Free” would be Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign song:
The singer, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, said on his website on Wednesday that Romney “and anyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission. I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate.”
Watch the video for “Born Free” below:
Earlier this year, the performer told CNN’s Piers Morgan that while he doesn’t necessarily consider himself a Democrat or a Republican, he does lean right of center — especially when it comes to government intervention:
There’s also Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik, who was a major John McCain supporter back in 2008. Ondrasik has supported American troops for years. This month, he’s performing at “Sean Hannity’s Holiday Concert Salute.”
Below, see a live performance during which he saluted the troops through his song, “Two Lights”:
These are only some of the musical acts that consider themselves right-of-center. Ranker has a list of celebrity rockers who are right-of-center. You can view it here.