"Our People"

2014 Festival Music Video

Lyrics

Verse 1:
It was written in the pages
And spoken throughout time
Of the one’s who had the vision
To do what was right

Holding on to traditions
In spite of changing times

Verse 2:
Stepping out into the unknown
Unsure of what’s in store
Trusting the creator
To open the door

Through trials and tribulations
Our courage still remains

Chorus 1:
Our People
Had the strength to carry on
Our People
It’s here we belong
With our faith in hand
We proudly stand
It’s who we are

Verse 3:
In the face of opposition
No matter what the cost
With everything they won
And everything they lost

Even today
We honor their sacrifice

Bridge:
When the storms were all around them
With fear in their eyes
Their hearts were pounding loudly
The sounds of battle cries

With hope on the horizon
And the will to survive
They made the call to risk it all
For god was on their side

Chorus 2:
Our People
Had the strength to carry on
Our People
It’s here we belong
With our faith in hand
We proudly stand
It’s who we are

Our People
Laid the path for us to take
Our People
Forged the life we have today
With our faith in hand
We proudly stand
It’s who we are

Name: "Our People" Featuring Shaun DeGraff

Music By: Jeff Carpenter

Lyrics By: Harley Lewis, Philip Sullivan, Jae L. Stilwell, Jody Teeter, Jeff Carpenter

Performance Credits:

  • Shaun DeGraff - Vocals and Piano
  • Brian Harrison - Drums and Percussion
  • Philip Sullivan - Bass Guitar
  • Brad Clonch - String Arrangements
  • Jeff Carpenter - Acoustic Guitar
  • Wyatt Fisher - Electric Guitar
  • Courtney Parchcorn, Reno Vasquez, Phillip Berryhill, Angela Wrublewski, Jennifer Fulkerson, Laura Jean Bruner, Corey King, Robert Cheadle, Laura Stewart - Choir

Production Credits:

  • Jeff Carpenter - Music Producer / Videographer
  • Jason Alexander - Video Producer / Editor
  • Jerrell Newby - Chief Lighting Technician
  • Diamond Wheeler - Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Brian Harrison - Location Sound Mixer
  • Tyler Gurry - Key Grip
  • Josh Newby - Color Correction
  • Brent Deramus - Media Specialist
  • Phillip Berryhill - Choir Director

Special Thanks: All Chickasaw citizens and employees who performed for the production, Thunderbird Chapel, The Chickasaw Cultural Center, and The Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Division.