Allee Willis "THE D" A record, multiple videos,
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"Her hits have been the soundtrack for many of our lives. Now Allee Willis is taking her gift for songwriting and her devotion for her city a bold step further—by creating "The D", a love song for Detroit and a new theme for Motor City's resurgence with an accompanying mega-tribute party of historic proportions that will be immortalized as a music video and documentary film. Arguably one of the most ambitious displays of love and support for Detroit by one of its own."
-Xaque Gruber, The Huffington Post

WHAT IT IS:
"The D" is the official unofficial theme song of Detroit. A record, video, and feature length film about human spirit as exemplified by the people of Detroit. "The D" is a joyous citywide singalong tribute written by Detroit-born Grammy winner Allee Willis with Andrae Alexander in the same uplifting spirit as Willis' first hit, "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire."

In September, 2013, and again at Thanksgiving when Willis led a sing-along from atop the NBC/WDIV Wizard of Oz Thanksgiving Day Parade float, she and her 15 person crew recorded and filmed at over 50 locations around the city. In addition to a plethora of legendary Detroit-born singers, artists, actors and comedians, "The D" captures thousands of Detroiters singing, playing, dancing, clapping, whistling, juggling hubcaps and showing their spirit anyway they can, making this is truly a "Made in Detroit" musical theme as the Motor City re-imagines itself. It's a joyous celebration of life and a story for cities all around the world as they re-conceive and retrofit themselves for the 21st Century.


WHO IS ALLEE?:
Allee Willis - Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter, artist, director, producer, collector, party thrower.

Says Willis, "Being born in Detroit influences everything I do. I never learned how to play an instrument, but Motown guided me to write songs that have sold over 50,000,000 records - like Earth Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland," the musical The Color Purple, The Pointer Sisters "Neutron Dance," and "I'll Be There For You" (the Friends theme), all known for their upbeat positivity. Spending every Saturday at my dad's scrapyard, just miles from the Big Three automakers, influenced my art, sets and graphic design. I also have a reputation as one of the best party throwers in the world, and for decades have prided myself on throwing kick-ass, large scale, musically-pumped social events. In 1992 I conceived of the world's first social network, a community in cyberspace called willisville, when most people still had never even heard of the Internet. "The D" is the logical conclusion of what I've been doing my whole career to create one new giant piece of social art with the entire city of Detroit as my collaborators.

WHY I'M DOING THIS:
Because I LOVE Detroit. One person's spirit can energize thousands. Music and creativity can transform a city. And the energy and success of a city can transform the world. Some hear nightmare stories about this town and may shake their heads in dismay. But time has shown that as Detroit goes, so goes the nation. Detroit is bubbling from the bottom up and "The D" celebrates the spirit that fuels the population as they pull together to build a bright future.

As we film and record we will also generate revenue for the local economy, working with Detroit-based artists and local businesses. In addition, all profits go to two local crown artistic jewels, The Heidelberg Project and the Mosaic Youth Theatre.

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