The Kelly Clarkson ASL video officially dropped last Monday, and many famous faces can be spotted including deaf actress Millicent Simmonds and deaf model and activist, Nyle DiMarco.
Clarkson explained to One Country that “the song is about love, in all of its forms, in the face of adversity and choosing to love instead of fear,” so she decided to take the song one step further by making it a multi-lingual project. She partnered with several artists all over the world recording the song in their native language.
In addition to an English version, Clarkson recorded with Blas Canto from Murcia, Spain; Carolin for Glasperlenspiel from Berlin, Germany; Faouzia from Manitoba, Canada (representing Morocco); Zaz from Paris, France; and Maya Buskila from Tel-Aviv, Israel. Yes, she learned how to sing her song in each of these languages so she could record with the various artists. It was only fitting that her multi-lingual also include ASL.
Clarkson and Atlantic Records partnered with the Deaf West Theatre to create the community-sourced ASL video. Members of the Deaf West Theatre were also recently featured in an ASL dance number on NBC’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
In the “I Dare You,” music video, Clarkson can be spotted throughout the video signing alongside many other deaf celebrities, activists, and Deaf West Theatre members. Deaf West Theatre highlighted a full list of talent in their announcement of the video.
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Our latest collaboration with @KellyClarkson is here. Check it out. We dare you. 👊 #DeafTalent #ASL Huge thanks to everyone involved: Nyle DiMarco @nyledimarco Millicent Simmonds @milliesimm Angel Theory @angel_theory Nico DiMarco @nicodimarco3 Gregor Lopes @coolbabyblue Savannah Dahan @savvyasl Rosa Lee Timm @catchrosa Andrea Hollingsworth @burgundre Megg Rose @meggrosecloset Joey Antonio @thatjoeyantonio Nancy Sacristan @nancy_sacristan Matt Maxey @deafinitelydope Geneva Ellis @rica_life Bailey Anne Vincent @catchingbreaths JoAnn Benfield @missjoannrose Lark Detweiler @larkydancer Sherylynn Strong @asllesson Sandra Mae Frank @sandy21mae Harmony Baniaga @iamharmonybaniaga TJ Fortson @talkstothehands DJ Kurs @djkurs Beverly Nero @beverlynero Nancy S Popovich @nancipopo7 Christopher Sepulveda @cjsepulveda Matt Randall @mattrandall Julie Ouellette @officialjulieo Lexington School for the Deaf — Video Description: Kelly Clarkson signs the phrase “I dare you.” Title cards read: Kelly Clarkson in collaboration with Deaf West Theatre. “I Dare You” ASL Version. A series of web-cam videos show people at home, signing the lyrics to Kelly’s newest song: “I Dare You.” #deafartists #musicvideo #quarantinemusic #kellyclarkson #idareyou #deafwest
A few members of the deaf community, took to Twitter and Instagram to share their reactions to Clarkson’s video. Many expressing gratitude for seeing deaf people represented in the video.
This actually had me in tears. I couldn’t be any more appreciative of the inclusion of the deaf community & ASL representation for your new single. I intend to learn the interpretation of this song & enter the contest, as to join the representation since I’m also deaf. #idareyou— Alessandra🦻🏻 (@amackin98) April 28, 2020
Inclusion is beautiful. Thanks @kellyclarkson— Effie Parks (@OnceUponAGene) April 28, 2020
However, this is not the first time Clarkson has interacted with the deaf community. During Deaf Awareness Month last year, she brought the founder of advocacy group DEAFinitely Dope, Matt Maxey, on her talk show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” He explained how interpreters are necessary for live music events and what it’s like experiencing music as a deaf person. Maxey can be spotted in the “I Dare You” video.
Also earlier this year, a story went viral about a neighborhood learning ASL so they could communicate with their deaf neighbor, Samantha Savitz. The group of 40 were named 2019’s Bostonians of the Year for their kindness. Clarkson brought them on her show to talk about their ASL classes and interacting with their neighbor!
As Maxey says, interpreters are necessary for live music events and we look forward to seeing more artists creating ASL versions of their music!