Joe Henry To Create I Believe To My Soul
Work Song, Rhino And Starbucks Hear Music
Will Release The Album October 4
Check out the e-card with 6 full songs, listening party audio streams of the entire album below!
Work Song, Rhino And Starbucks Hear Music To Donate A Portion Of The Purchase Price Of Each Cd Sold To Aid In Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts
In June, 2005, the songwriter, musician and producer Joe Henry brought together five of the greatest living artists of soul: Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. Henry's idea was to create an album of "new music done in a classic mode, not a re-creation of classic soul music…a record authentic to where these five particular artists find themselves today—and in relationship to one another." The resulting recording, I Believe to My Soul, features these soul luminaries performing material they have never before recorded. Henry's Work Song label, Rhino and Starbucks Hear Music will co-release the album simultaneously to traditional retail stores and Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada on October 4.
While not initially conceived as a benefit recording, in the time since the tracks for I Believe to My Soul were recorded in June of 2005, tremendous devastation has struck the U.S. Gulf Coast –home of two of the featured artists on I Believe to My Soul, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. In Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music, Rhino and Work Song and will donate $10 of the purchase price of every CD sold to aid in the region's recovery. In all other retail channels in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music and Rhino and Work Song will donate $3 of the purchase price of every CD sold. Donations will be made to the American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross (according to the country in which the CD was purchased) to provide support for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. This donation will continue for the lifetime of the CD and is in addition to Starbucks Coffee Company's long-term relief and recovery efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
As part of its long-term commitment to aid the relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina, Starbucks Coffee Company made an initial commitment of $5 million over five years to impacted U.S. Gulf Coast communities. The Company has designated the American Red Cross as the recipient of its initial $1 million contribution. In addition to its financial commitment, Starbucks is working closely with the American Red Cross relief effort, as well as Emergency Operations Centers and Federal Emergency Management Agency in the impacted areas. To date, the Company has donated more than 30,000 pounds of ground coffee; 235,000 bottles of EthosTM Water; and 9,600 bottled TazoÂ® drinks; and 44,000 pastries to support them in their endeavors.
To create and release I Believe to My Soul, Henry teamed his Work Song label with Rhino and Starbucks Hear Music. Rhino and Starbucks are participating in many facets of I Believe to My Soul—from manufacturing and distribution to marketing of the album, which will be sold in traditional retail outlets as well as at Starbucks locations.
The inspiration for I Believe to My Soul came in 2002 when Henry produced soul great Solomon Burke's GRAMMYÂ®-winning album Don't Give Up on Me. Henry explains that while he was doing interviews about Burke's album, "it became apparent that many others, not just myself, were starved for a contemporary version of authentic soul." Henry began to reach out to living legends in the genre and invited them to record together.
"The other people that are on the record are all my friends, and that's kind of like a family reunion," says Mavis Staples. The warmth of I Believe to My Soul derives largely from this spirit of friendship and underlying mutual admiration. The New Orleans soul and funk pioneer Allen Toussaint, who produced records by Irma Thomas in the 1960s, backs her on piano here. He says, "I like anything Irma sings. If she sings 'Happy Birthday,' I think it's just grand." Of Billy Preston, Toussaint says, "I'm like all musicians. We all think the same thing about Billy: He's the greatest organ player in the world."
I Believe to My Soul was recorded over the course of a week in June 2005 at Hollywood's historic Capitol Studios, with a live band including Jay Bellerose on drums and percussion, Doyle Bramhall and Chris Bruce on guitars, David Palmer on keyboards, and Paul Bryan on bass. In addition to being a featured artist, Allen Toussaint plays piano throughout.
Henry asked each artist to bring to the sessions at least two songs she/he had not previously recorded. The selections vary but cohere seamlessly as an album. Irma Thomas chooses the 1974 Bill Withers hit "The Same Love that Made Me Laugh" and the country soul classic "Loving Arms," which in the '70s appeared on albums by everyone from Petula Clark to Kris Kristofferson.
Mavis Staples performs Curtis Mayfield's gospel anthem "Keep on Pushing" and the Leadbelly standard "You Must Have That True Religion." She and Billy Preston spontaneously decided to record "That's Enough," a gospel song they both know from childhood. Another Preston highlight is his new original, "As One."
Ann Peebles offers a new song, "When the Candle Burns Low" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You." Toussaint contributes three entirely new compositions in addition to a fresh version of his song "River Boat."
A highly accomplished producer, Joe Henry is equally remarkable as a songwriter, having earned critical acclaim through nine albums of his own. I Believe to My Soul is just the first of a series of soul albums Henry plans to record.
Joe Henry E-Card: Click to listen to 6 full songs
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