Like most musicians and artists, Los Angeles singer/songwriter/guitarist DAVID HAERLE has been deeply moved by the current state of affairs in this country and he's channeled those feelings into a new single and music video, "True Liberty," out October 23, in the midst of the monumental presidential election. The song is inspired by the words of American poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940).
"True Liberty" is available now on all digital platforms; listen now here.
"As I write this, it is the eve of the most important presidential election of my lifetime," DAVID shares. "Edwin Markham (1852-1940), an American poet and the Poet Laureate of Oregon, wrote: 'There is no true liberty for the individual, except as he finds it in the liberty of all. There is no true security for the individual, except as he finds it in the security of all.'
"I believe these words to be profoundly true. True in his time, in our time, for all time. His words form the chorus of 'True Liberty.' I created a song that I hope supports the meaning of Mr. Markham's deeply insightful statement. Racial injustice and systemic racism fly in the face of liberty. Great disparities in wealth stemming from structural problems in our economy fly in the face of liberty. Fear of going bankrupt because of medical bills or disappearing jobs flies in the face of liberty. All of this compounds into greater overall insecurity for many."
"True Liberty" is the first new music to be released since DAVID's sophomore album Death Valley (May 2020), which has garnered praise from several acclaimed music publications including American Songwriter, Billboard, Goldmine, Glide Magazine, Elmore Magazine and Americana Highways, among others.
DAVID's taken a unique path that has led to the release of Death Valley. His father Martin emigrated from Germany to pursue a dream of working in the country music industry and co-founded the independent label CMH Records (Country Music Heritage). His maternal grandparents co-owned the first full time country music radio station in Nashville, WENO. The King of Country Music, Roy Acuff, took him onstage at the Grand Ole' Opry before a full house when he was 9 years of age. After picking up the guitar at age 13, he played in rock and alternative new wave bands during the 80's, before becoming a music agent at ICM. Then his father passed away suddenly and at just 24 years-old, David took over the family business and has served as president of CMH Records, now CMH Label Group, ever since.
Making music took a back seat to running the label, but DAVID never stopped playing guitar and in recent years, he has returned to his passion of performing and releasing original music. His debut album Garden of Edendale was released in Summer 2018.