A Brand New Day", also known as " Everybody Rejoice", is a song from the 1975 Broadway musical written by American The Wiz R&B singer and songwriter Luther Vandross. (In 1976 Vandross recorded a version of the song for his album , on Cotillion Records.) In the play, the song is sung to celebrate after Luther Dorothy has killed Evilene, the tyrannical Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow sing the song with the newly freed Winkies, who were ruled and enslaved by Evilene. It was later featured in the 1978 film version, sung by cast members Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross (credited as The Wiz Stars). Given the all-Black cast of , the song's many references to freedom and new possibilities (especially as sung by African American characters who had just been freed from enslavement) certainly invoked the struggles and history of Blacks in America. In the onscreen version of the song, The Wiz Nipsey Russell can even be heard exclaiming "Free at last!"—a reference to civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (His impromptu addition to the song is not heard on the soundtrack album version, instead replaced by sung vocals by Diana Ross.)
The film version was released as a single in some continental
European countries and peaked at #1 in Belgium and The Netherlands.
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The single release is an edit of the first half of the song, which in its entirety runs 7:49 on the
film's soundtrack. It is backed by the second half of the song, which is labeled as "Liberation Ballet - A Brand New Day." The "Liberation Ballet" is primarily instrumental and is composed of uptempo dance music in a variety of styles, with the film's cast and choir cheering and singing "Can you feel the brand new day" throughout the piece.
The song was also featured in the
episode " Family Guy Barely Legal." When the Quohog police force is sent to South America and the city's African-American population rejoices.
The song was also used in a long-running
public service announcement for the Fresh Air Fund.
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