XQ Music and Activism Challenge ft. SOL Development

Listen and vote for your favorite songs from the XQ #MakeASong Challenge!

Listen to top Submissions from the XQ #MakeASongChallenge

We invited students (ages 13-21) to enter the first XQ #MakeASongChallenge for a chance to work with the Oakland-based hip hop and R&B quartet SOL Development. How? Students created an original song or lyric that touches on issues important to them.

Voting has ended—watch the video above to see SOL Development react to top submissions. Our top upvoted song is Problems of the Public & Fears of the Private by Fausto Guzman.  Head over to the music gallery to take a listen!

What you need to know about voting

Public voting was open from January 15 through January 28, 2021. Click the button above to head to our Music Gallery to listen to your favorite submissions! The top 5 most up-voted songs are:

Prize packages:

  • The first 100 submissions will receive iTunes gift cards for $20
  • The top five upvoted submissions will receive home studio equipment
  • Top entries will receive special interviews, amplification, and a response video from SOL Development


Jan 15: Public voting begins

Jan 28: Voting ends

Feb 11: Winners announced


SOL Development (Source of Light) is a hip hop, jazz, and soul ensemble that mirrors Nina Simone’s quintessential words: an artist’s duty is to reflect the times. The band offers music to illuminate today’s cultural and political climate, matching it with a sound that allows the listener to feel empowered in finding their own activism and healing. Based in Oakland California, members of the musical group SOL Development are Karega Bailey, Felicia Gangloff-Bailey, Lauren Adam, and Brittany Tanner.

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  • 4 Sessions