[14][15] The EP included "Remember Who We Are", "I Am America", and "Foreign Land", a song about departed American soldiers. [1][5][7][11], The artist has performed at political rallies led by Beck, and at campaign rallies for Herman Cain. [1] Branch moved out of Texas with her family at the age of 14, but remained proud of her Texas heritage. Branch was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas, and later lived in Bixby, Oklahoma. Branch accuses them of looking down on a humble group of patriots: Branch’s song is not related to the Stephen Colbert book by the same name, I Am America (And So Can You). [13], Her first EP I Am America was released on September 3, 2010, by Soundmindpro Publishing, a company established by Branch's husband. Her music has been well received among conservative commentators and members of the Tea Party movement for its political message. [8] She originally felt the song was too confrontational for her, but decided the message was so important that she should record it. [2][7] About 21 days after being uploaded, the video had nearly 475,000 views. She married Michael Branch in 2000, and together they have three children. [24], Rick Santorum announced in March 2012 that he has adopted Branch's song "Remember Who We Are" as an official theme song for his campaign, having been without a theme song prior to the announcement.
"I Am America" was later adopted by the candidate as his campaign's official theme. He stated that Americans stand up and come together in the face of adversity, saying he prayed the song would bring people hope. Footage of her performance was not included on the show, but she appeared in a montage at the end of the episode. [5] When she was performing "I Am America" at events across the country, Herman Cain was often the keynote speaker.

[7] "I Am America" was played on the July 7, 2010, broadcast of Glenn Beck's radio show and a week later Fox News host Bill O'Reilly devoted a portion of his "Pinheads and Patriots" segment to the song, saying that "for honoring legitimate protest", Branch was a patriot. Branch and her husband came to appreciate his political views and her husband signed on with Cain's campaign. "[1] The song was later described by the National Journal as having "underscored Cain's anti-elitist appeal" with its lyrics.

Early in the marriage, her family faced serious financial difficulties, and later, while they were living in Colorado, faced the near death of their youngest daughter.[1][3]. Another song released by Branch, "Remember Who We Are", was made the official campaign anthem of Rick Santorum's presidential campaign. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. [1], Glenn Beck played another Krista Branch song titled "Remember Who We Are" on his Insider Extreme radio program early in August 2010, and the song was featured in a video from Branch promoting Beck's Restoring Honor rally. [16] Branch released a new single on July 22, 2011, called "Lead Me On", a cover of the Amy Grant song and released a video for the song a month later. "I Am America" soon became a popular song with the Tea Party movement and has been described as the movement's anthem. [6] A week later, she was eliminated from the competition.

[4], Branch has said her patriotism and admiration for America is the unifying principle of her music. The Branches became supporters of 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain after performing at several events where he was a keynote speaker, and "I Am America" was made the official theme song of the campaign. [1] They appeared on the Christian news magazine program, the 700 Club, talking about an incident in which their baby daughter was revived after drowning in their bathtub, and they attributed their child's survival to the power of prayer, having been inspired after seeing The Passion of the Christ a few days earlier. [12] Santorum said he chose the song because "few songs express the beauty and strength of who we are as free Americans better than Krista's." Jeremiah Holdsworth of IndieVision felt the songs were strong, noting their patriotic themes and subtle religious subtext, and said the song "Foreign Land" particularly moved him.

Branch's music regularly expresses religious and political themes emphasizing American exceptionalism. After being uploaded to YouTube, the song was aired on Glenn Beck's radio show and it quickly grew in popularity.

[1] The use of Branch's music in the campaigns of Cain and Santorum has been seen as an indication of its appeal among outsider candidates.
[1] Her music often incorporates political themes and religious views that have led to her songs resonating with Tea Party supporters and commentators such as Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly.

[2] She is working on her debut album, which was scheduled to be released in early 2013. She suggests the Tea Party is animated not by rebelliousness, but by patriotism and love of freedom. Krista Branch is an American singer whose 2010 song "I Am America" has been called the anthem of the Tea Party movement. The song is seen as representing the emotion of his campaign effort. [1] Branch said Cain was a natural choice for her husband and her because she felt their beliefs aligned with Cain's. [12] Calling it an "inspiring patriotic song", the video for the song was made the "Video of the Day" on Glenn Beck's site on September 3, 2010. [20][21] Branch attended the Washington Times' 30th-anniversary celebration on October 3, 2012, and performed several songs for the event. [5] In the music video, footage of Tea Party rallies is interspersed with scenes of Branch singing on a sound stage and kids holding signs containing political messages and scripture. [2] Early in their marriage they had a low income, and Branch's husband took on several odd jobs, in addition to his work as a youth pastor, to make a living. [5] To focus on her music career, Branch and her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2010. [1], Two years later, the video for Branch's fourth single, "I Am America", was released on YouTube. [2] It was subsequently performed on Fox News and at events across the country.

[1] After being uploaded to YouTube, the song was aired on Glenn Beck's radio show and it quickly grew in popularity. "Song Adopted by Cain's Campaign Also Aims to Be a Tea Party Anthem", "Bixby singer Krista Branch sings Tea Party praises – and creates a YouTube hit", "The Rick Santorum Theme Song, Brought to You by the Author of the Herman Cain Theme Song", "Texas native's song becomes Herman Cain anthem", "Four Oklahomans get to next round on 'American Idol, "Krista Branch 'I Am America' Song Supports Tea Party", "Singer Krista Branch gives the tea party movement its anthem", "Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin to Hold "Restoring Honor Rally, "Fresh off southern victories, Santorum taps Tea Party singer Branch for theme song", "Santorum finds his groove with new theme song", "Krista Branch's pro-Israel song is Amy Grant's song about the Holocaust (and slavery)", "Krista Branch, the Tea Party's siren, releases a pro-Israel song", "American Bible Society, Krista Branch Help Soldiers Overcome War Pressures", "Armed Services Ministry Goes to Sunbelt", "30th Anniversary of The Washington Times celebrated", "Santorum Gets a Big Win and His Own Song", "Stephen Colbert Offers Herman Cain Suggestions For Further Commercials, Issues Challenge", "Cain Ad Stars Paid Well, Senator Wants a Super PAC and More in Capital Eye Opener: Oct. 26", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Krista_Branch&oldid=951878992, Articles with short description added by PearBOT 5, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles in need of updating from July 2016, All Wikipedia articles in need of updating, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 April 2020, at 10:35. Branch told The New York Times her decision to enter the contest was not due to a desire to "be somebody", but because she felt she should take any opportunity with the belief that God would bless her efforts. [5] She also lived in Oklahoma for part of her childhood. [5] Since 2010, she received three payments that totaled $10,000 for live entertainment services provided at political rallies from several political action committees associated with Cain's campaign.

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