Kid Rock in the company of famed Pulitzer Prize winning documentary photographer David Turnley. Turnley, having grown up in Indiana, is a product of the same Midwest that gave us Robert Ritchie (aka Kid Rock). Frustration with social ills and a plea for the curative power of love, the subject matter of the song "Amen," are good matches for Turnley's career of exposing humanity in the midst of war and upheaval. Edited by Javier Alvarez
From photographs of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa to the days in which Chinese citizens rose against their government at Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall, David Turnley emerged as one of the most gifted photographic interpreters of the power of the human struggle against injustice. Turnley's direction of the video to accompany "Amen," Kid Rock's second single from the album Rock N Roll Jesus, is compelling and powerful. Kid Rock says it is the best song he has ever written. "I went to a friend's house over in Malibu overlooking a bluff and I sat there and looked at the ocean. And I thought: 'Amen.' What a powerful word." Starting with the title he then wrote this song voicing his frustration with problems in American society in the midst of the war in Iraq and famine in Africa.
Kid Rock has claimed this is the best song he's ever written. The song features the Gospel choir The Fisk Jubilee Singers, who were originally formed in 1871 to raise funds for Fisk University in Nashville. In seven years they raised over $150,000 for the university. In 1909 they made the first recording of the spiritual, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." The video was directed by Pulitzer Prize winning documentary photographer David Turnley.