If you’ve seen Fiat Chrysler’s new commercial for the Jeep Renegade, then you’ve definitely heard a certain uplifting folk rock song by a band of Eugene Lang College alums.
But beyond serving as the theme song for a sleek new vehicle, X Ambassadors’ instantly recognizable “Renegade” is a rallying cry for anyone who has overcome hardship to pursue their dreams.
The song, which continues to top the charts, is accompanied by a music video that shows a collection of inspirational clips of people with physical disabilities performing remarkable athletic feats.
The song was inspired, in part, by keyboardist Casey Harris, who has been blind since birth.
“This video is about people who defy the odds; who, when all the cards seem to have been stacked against them, still find ways to accomplish incredible things. My brother is one of those people,” says Casey Harris’ brother, Sam Harris, ’10. “We chose to include (Casey’s) story in this video because he is an inspiration to all of us in the band. Casey is a constant reminder to me of how important it is to embrace what makes you different and to not let anything get in the way of doing what you want to do.”
X Ambassadors is rounded out by Lang alums Noah Feldshuh (guitar) ’10 and Adam Levin (drums) ’11.