Colored People (song)

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"Colored People"
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Single by DC Talk
from the album Jesus Freak
Released December 22, 1996
Format CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop rock, CCM
Length 4:26 (Album Version)
Label ForeFront/Virgin
Writer(s) Toby McKeehan, George Cocchini
Producer(s) Mark Heimermann, Toby McKeehan, John Mark Painter
DC Talk singles chronology
"Like It, Love It, Need It"
"Colored People"
"In The Light"
Audio sample

"Colored People" is a song written and recorded by Christian rock band DC Talk. The song was one of several radio singles released from their 1995 studio album, Jesus Freak.

Music and lyrics[edit]

"Colored People" is a pop rock song primarily based on acoustic guitars, a background electric guitar, and occasional strings. The verses are sung by Kevin Max, while the chorus vocals are shared by all three members with Michael Tait leading. Lyrically, the song is about appreciation of racial variety, promoting unity and a "kaleidoscopic take on race relations".[1]

Release and acclaim[edit]

The song was released as a single in 1996 and received positive comments from music critics. Entertainment Weekly editor Laura Jamison said that the album Jesus Freak "combines textured vocals, aggressive guitar, and solid songwriting, especially on 'Colored People'."[2]

In addition to "Jesus Freak" and "Between You and Me," "Colored People" was considered instrumental in breaking DC Talk into the mainstream.[3]

Other releases[edit]

Various versions of "Colored People" have appeared on several DC Talk official releases, including the band's greatest hits album Intermission.[4] A live version of "Colored People" was included on the 1997 live release Welcome to the Freak Show.[5] "Colored People" also appears on the compilation album WOW 1998.

Cover versions[edit]

On the DC Talk tribute album, Freaked!, Ayiesha Woods recorded a cover of "Colored People" featuring The Gotee Brothers and John Reuben.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Colored People" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Colored People" (Album Version)
  3. Call Out Research Hook


  1. ^ Eisele, Robert (May 1, 1996). "More than just talk: DC Talk supplies eclectic sounds to receptive fans at Kemper". The Kansas City Star (NewsBank). Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  2. ^ Jamison, Laura (December 22, 1995). "Jesus Freak Music Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Jars and Butteflies: The Joys of Mainstreaming". Billboard. 1998-04-25. pp. 38–40. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  4. ^ Steven Losey. "((( Intermission: The Greatest Hits > Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  5. ^ Rodney Batdorf. "((( Welcome to the Freak Show > Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  6. ^ John DiBiase (2010-07-20). "Freaked! A Gotee Tribute to dc Talk's "Jesus Freak"". Jesus Freak Hideout. 

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