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The Hate Crime Soundtrack features 21 tracks by the multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer, and film producer Ebony Tay. In 2005, Tay hit the Top 20 of Billboards "Hot Dance Club Party Chart" with New York DJ Mike Cruzs explosive remix of "Jesus By 45," the unforgettable and controversial end theme to director Tommy Stovalls critically acclaimed, award winning independent film Hate Crime. Understating their praise, Top Billboard DJs began describing her voice as "the soul machine," and saying "the lady is in the mix." Others have compared her to gospel legend Mahalia Jackson. Commenting on her riveting score for the Hate Crime Soundtrack, which features a soul stirring blend of classical, African tribal music, and religious choir influences, Tay says, "I wrote the score from a dual perspective as both a composer and a singer/songwriter, starting with my piano and guitar but envisioning other instruments along the way. The premise of the score is a mix of traditional orchestral elements with more eclectic flavors. I created the traditional material in the spirit of Wagner and Beethoven, then reflected the whole social tribalism theme with African sounds. I mixed the African thumb piano with electric guitar, and added tabla and a few clay drums and cellos. I applied each instrument to a different character in the film. All of the musicians put so much passion into the sessions. The movie may be called Hate Crime, but there was so much love behind it."