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Erika M Anderson (EMA) had a hell of a year in 2011, releasing a favourite record of not just ours but many others taken by the stripped-bare tracks of ‘Past Life Martyred Saints’. Things weren’t always so sweet for the singer, though. A victim of bullying herself, today (Feb 14th) she has released a single to support anti-bullying charity The Jamie Isaacs Foundation.

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Erika M Anderson (EMA) had a hell of a year in 2011, releasing a favourite record of not just ours but many others taken by the stripped-bare tracks of ‘Past Life Martyred Saints’. Things weren’t always so sweet for the singer, though. A victim of bullying herself, today (Feb 14th) she has released a single to support anti-bullying charity The Jamie Isaacs Foundation.

‘Take One Two’ is available digitally now, and comes accompanied with the below video, of which Anderson says:

This footage comes from a South Dakota trailer park in the mid-90s, and features a small group of freaks and misfits who seem to be having the time of their lives. Dressing up, hanging out, making up funny skits, and lots of laughing. When I look back now at our fresh young faces (yes that is me with the short dark hair and cat-eye liner), I’m amazed at how simply happy we all look. This is especially remarkable as I know what was going on outside those plywood walls: getting called names, shoved into lockers, and threatening to get our asses kicked for being queer or punk or just plain weird.

But despite all that, there is a joy, strength and self-acceptance in our faces that I find inspiring and wanted to pass on. I’m offering the proceeds of this song to an anti-bullying non-profit started by a 15-yr-old girl in Long Island who was a victim of bullying for 7 years before switching schools. It’s called The Jamie Isaacs Foundation.

When I first put together this video I sent it out to the people involved to get their take on it before it was released. My friends thought it was “adorable” but I didn’t hear back from the sweet boy in the turquoise teddy. I worried that it was too much, too revealing, and he wouldn’t want that footage put out into the world. Finally, I got a message back:

“That was the most beautifully done video I have ever seen I love it I love it I love it. I could not stop bawling. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so secure as when we were all hanging out in the trailer bedroom. Erika. Lacy. All 3 of us went thru some pretty tough shit. But we made it through. Lets use what we learned and give it to somebody else that needs it.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. This one’s for all the weirdoes out there: cherish your friends, fuck the haters and let your freak flag fly.

– Erika