AUSTIN (KXAN) — The night of the Dallas Police shootings, Austin music producer Kris KeyZ was in Dallas working on another music project. He knew the moment he heard about the deaths, he wanted to bring change through his music.
“My platform is music and all I want to do is just share hope for three minutes to the world,” KeyZ says. He produced some music and a Dallas Police Officer, Ray Vaughn, wrote lyrics in a collaboration song called “Be the Change.”
KeyZ says they were looking for different voices to collaborate on the song when a Miranda Gil, an Austin singer/songwriter, came to mind.
“Miranda was actually one of the persons that I called and she answered the bell as soon as I called she said oh yeah I’m in!” KeyZ says. “Her father is a retired police officer she has a family that’s involved heavily in the police force so I think that emotion it just came out.”
Gil comes from a long line of police officers in her family. Her father is a retired 25-year Austin Police veteran and her brother is a current Austin Police Officer.
“Hearing his first verse which is coming from a police officer’s perspective, it just made me feel — how would I feel listening to this as a police officer’s family,” Gil said. “When I see somebody in an officer uniform, all I can think about is my father and my brother and it just hit home for me.”
The song’s message is that whether born black white, or Hispanic, we’re all created equally.
https://vimeo.com/174876333Mark Gil’s alter ego
For those who’ve lived in Austinf or years, Miranda’s father may seem familiar to you. Martin Gil was a big influence as a police officer not only in Austin, but Texas. In the 90s he had an alter ego named “Police Ice.” Gil would travel to school districts around the state promoting a drug free and violence free culture.
You can listen to some of Gil’s songs below: