City Love

Love. Music. Inspiration. Positive Change.

We are city love

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We are City Love (Sterling Duns and Caselli Jordan), a West Philly social justice music and education duo.  Music for the world we need. From the heart.  For the people. We are educators and musicians who write songs to spread the love and hope, bring people together, and foster dialogue about the issues of our times.  Our music is a meeting point between the city and the suburbs; between black and white; heavy and light.  We use our songs to help heal the racial divide in our country and paint a tangible vision of Dr. King’s ‘Beloved Community’.


Past Performances and Workshops:

  • Haverford College Friends in Residence

  • The White Privilege Conference

  • The People of Color Conference

  • The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity

  • The Progressive Education Network Conference

  • Amnesty International Regional Conference

  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Biennial Conference

  • Diversity Collaborative P-2nd Grade Educators Conference

  • University of Pennsylvania Summit on Teaching Students About Race

  • Temple University Dialogue Institute

  • Swarthmore College

  • Dickinson College

  • Haverford College

  • University of Minnesota

  • Ursinus College

  • The Wheeler School

  • The Lawrenceville School

  • Top 5 finalists for the Philadelphia City Council's 2017 PHL Live Music Competition

  • Reverend Barber's Repairers of the Breach Civil Rights Movement Revival

  • University of Pennsylvania CHAS Summit

  • WNYC "The Other Box" Project on Student Activism

  • University of Pennsylvania Fisher Hassenfeld Residence

  • Pendle Hill's conference on Ending Mass Incarceration with Michelle Alexander

  • The United Opt Out Conference

  • The American Friends Service Committee 99th annual meeting, opening for Dr. Reverend William Barber II

  • Top 5 finalists for Philadelphia City Council's 2015, 2016, 2017 PHL Live Music Competition

  • The Philadelphia School

  • Friends Central School

  • Westtown Friends School

  • Frankford Friends School

  • Germantown Friends School

  • Friends School Haverford

  • Pennswood Village Retirement Home

  • Pendle Hill's "Beyond Prisons: Transformative Justice in Community" workshop

  • National March Against Monsanto

  • University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writer's House

Our Misson:

To make music for the world we need. We use our music to reach audiences at venues, festivals, fundraisers, and marches as well as working with elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, universities, communities, and organizations by offering heart-provoking, thought-provoking interactive performances and workshops.  We believe that self-expression is transformative and we want to encourage others to express themselves through whatever art form calls to them.  Our songs are about many kinds of love, about problems, solutions and positive change, and about knowing and making peace with the darker aspects of our world while choosing to nurture the light.  We are committed to love of humanity, service, integrity, humility, social justice, peace, freedom, gratitude, simplicity and balance.  



Sterling Duns:  

Sterling Duns (Dwight Dunston) is a West Philly based hip-hop artist, musician, educator,organizer, and Quaker.  He holds a BA in English from Dickinson College and an MA in Poetry from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Sterling is the Coordinator of Equity and Justice Education at Friends' Central School and also serves on numerous boards throughout Philadelphia, in addition to speaking at colleges and conferences throughout the country.  

Sterling has performed throughout the world with numerous groups, such as Hardwork Movement, and has shared the stage with many different musical acts such as Talib Kweli, Redman and Method Man, Rhiannon Giddens, and many more. His passion for music stems from his desire to make sense of the events that make our lives unique and intertwined, all at once. Sterling has worked with youth from all different backgrounds, at summer camps and in classrooms, for the last 10+ years and truly believes that if we empower and inspire the youth of today, our future will be in great hands.  


Caselli Jordan:


Brian Caselli Jordan is an artist and educator who uses music to internalize and distill his studies and experiences into songs that can help foster broader awareness of social justice issues.  He holds a B.S. in Italian and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Holistic Nutrition Educator certificate from Bauman College and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in early childhood education at Temple University.  Caselli has performed around the world and recently won the PHL Live competition for the Jazz music category.  He also performs in the duo, Qiana and Caselli.  

Caselli has worked as an educator in a wide variety of settings and capacities for 11 years, from Faculty Assistant teaching Italian at the University of Wisconsin Madison to Kindergarten teacher and garden educator at The Philadelphia School, and everywhere in between.  Caselli is very excited to use music to cultivate dialogue, community, and resolution around some of the urgent social challenges we face in our times.


Photography by Andrew Nadcarni, Jenny Chen, Zack Garlitos, and the Tower Hill School.