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Local Musician Shea Freedom’s New Song ‘America’ Calls For Justice And Peace On Inauguration Day


In a normal year, local musician Shea Freedom can be found tearing up the stage at Belly Up in Aspen or performing for passersby on main street in Carbondale, but when the pandemic hit, his gigs were cancelled. 

As protests and social justice movements spread across the country, that forced free time gave Freedom a moment to reflect on what he was seeing and he used his creativity as a way to process everything. 

Freedom turns 30-years-old on Jan. 20, 2021, the same day the country swears in a new president. He is releasing a new song called, “America.” You can listen to the full song on Bandcamp or on Shea Freedom’s Instagram

Freedom sat down for a conversation with Aspen Public Radio Morning Edition host Eleanor Bennett.


Eleanor is an award-winning journalist and "Morning Edition" anchor. She has reported on a wide range of topics in her community, including the impacts of federal immigration policies on local DACA recipients, creative efforts to solve the valley's affordable housing crisis, and hungry goats fighting climate change across the West through targeted grazing. Connecting with people from all walks of life and creating empathic spaces for them to tell their stories fuels her work.