Call Them In is the second single off Changemakers, the new hope-fuelled, love-filled, full-length social justice album from Crys Matthews. “When John Lewis passed away,” Matthews said, “I wanted to write a song to honour his memory and his legacy. He is the epitome of a Changemaker to me.” Call Them In was released nation-wide on John Lewis’s birthday, February 21st for this very reason. Crys Matthews spoke with The Fountain about the track and plans for the year.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Call Them In?

It has been incredible! That one song has singlehandedly spread massive amounts of hope during a time when I have not been able to get out there and do so myself via live shows. I get messages from people almost every day saying how much its message means to them. It’s a beautiful thing to witness, especially in the midst of a pandemic. 

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

Call Them In is an anthem for resisters and persisters — the people who understand the ‘why’ but sometimes get overwhelmed by the ‘how’. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

I am one of the incredibly fortune people who have the ability to be vaccinated, so I plan on slowly and safely getting back on the road. I have performances scheduled from New Hampshire to New Mexico so far. These songs are important and, if my fans believed in them enough to help me make this record, I’m going to do my part and sing them every chance I get. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

I LOVE the Birchmere here in the DC area (Alexandria, VA), but I think, right now, I’m most excited about the prospect of playing The Woody Guthrie Festival again.