August Greene - Optimistic (ft. Brandy)

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OPTIMISTIC - August Greene featuring Brandy

Longtime friends and musical collaborators, Common, Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper felt the time was right to release music from August Greene, which has themes of optimism and black excellence. They have found a sound that does not solely fit into one genre, but is truly an invigorating hybrid of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz.

Starting March 9, the album will be available for digital purchase on Amazon Music and to stream on both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

Common - vocals
Brandy - vocals
Robert Glasper - keys
Karriem Riggins - drums
Burniss Travis - bass
Production Company Mochilla
Directed by B+
Producer Mike Park
Director of Photography Jerry Henry
Additional Cameras Eric Coleman and B+
Editor Eric Coleman
Colorist Bossi Baker
Recording Engineer Michael Thomas
Sound Mixer Simon Guzman Velez
Gaffer Eli Tahan
Production Assistant Tsz Man Lo
Locations Henson Recording Studios (LA)
and Jackson (MS)

IG and FB: @augustgreeneband
TW: @augustgreenebnd


August Greene is an American supergroup. The brainchild of rapper Common, and producers Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, it was formed in 2018 after sharing the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their song "Letter to the Free", which was part of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary 13th (2016).

The trio made their live debut on January 26, 2018 at New York’s Highline Ballroom as part of Glasper’s sixth annual Grammy Awards party, and released a joint album on March 9 through Amazon Music. The album was preceded by the single "Optimistic", a Sounds of Blackness cover featuring singer Brandy.

On February 21, 2018, August Greene performed an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
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