Fifteen classic rock stars will record Voices For America, a CD featuring American patriotic anthems as a fundraising effort for the American Red Cross Victims Relief Fund and the USO with proceeds of all sales going directly to benefit the organizations. The announcement was made today by Charlie Schmitt, president of www.rockforever.com, and Martin Tudor, president of Compendia Music Group, co-producers of the project.
Voices For America will feature "America the Beautiful" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and include "Sea of Fire," a tribute to the firefighters who died written by Leslie West of the popular group "Mountain." The unique recording by two generations of classic rock lead vocalists from three nations will include all stanzas of the patriotic standards, solo vocal tradeoffs and ensemble choir-style harmonies. Known collectively as "The Voices of Classic Rock," the artists are also planning a live benefit concert in the next several weeks in Washington DC.
"We want to do our part to assist in fundraising and morale building, and this is our donation," said West. "We could be in for a long and troubling time ahead, and want to do anything we can to unite Americans for the greater good."
The Voices of Classic Rock include John Cafferty of John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Spencer Davis of the Spencer Davis Group, Nick Gilder, Ronnie Hammond of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Larry Hoppen of Orleans, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Jimi Jamison of Survivor, Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise, Bobby Kimball of Toto, Alex Ligertwood of Santana, Mike Reno of Loverboy, Pete Rivera of Rare Earth, Pat Travers of the Pat Travers Band, Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple, and Leslie West.
"By showcasing the these artistsâ€™ passion for our country in new renditions of these powerful American hymns, we hope to inspire people and help relief efforts," said Schmitt. "The arrangements by Larry Hoppen, the ensembleâ€™s musical director, respect the tradition of the hymns while adding a hint of gospel and power rock highlighted by guitar accents from Pat Travers and Leslie West."
The recording will be released on Intersound Records, a division of Compendia Media Group, and distributed initially in Washington DC. Compendia will donate the cost of the initial pressing of the CD, which has received commitments for airplay and on-air support from radio stations in several markets, including Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando and Philadelphia.
Radio stations interested in receiving copies of the CD for airplay and sale and retailers interested in receiving a consigned supply of CDâ€™s can log onto the RockForever Web site at www.rockforever.com for information. Intersound also offers customized CDs to co-promoting radio stations.
"What makes this unique is the artists involved and their unanimous choice of patriotic standards to inspire the nation," said Tudor. "In support of the efforts of those artists, Intersound is doing what we do best to help Americans in need."
For additional information on relief efforts by the Red Cross and the USO, visit www.redcross.org or www.uso.org.
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Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Nashville and Atlanta, Compendia Media Group (CMG) produces, licenses, markets and distributes gospel, adult contemporary, country, classical and urban/dance formats. CMGâ€™s Compendia Music Group is among the largest independent record companies in the U.S with 20 record labels and a library of more than 13,000 master recordings that includes popular country and rock artists ranging from the Oak Ridge Boys to the Beach Boys, from classical catalogs of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and urban/dance legends George Clinton and the Gap Band and hit recordings from top gospel and blues artists including Vickie Winans, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and Ben E. King.