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If I wrote down the names of five bands that have made up the proverbial soundtrack to my life, The Choir would certainly be one of them. I
began listening to them when I was 17, and 30 years later, their music (and now
their friendship) continues to add a real richness to my life. Their loyal
fans, the world over, would echo similar sentiments. It is only fitting that
their friends and fans would create a project to say "thank you" for
the decades of truly incredible music. This two volume project, consisting of tunes from
the band's indie catalog, from "pros" and "regular Joes,"
is our way of doing just that. This album is an international effort and brings in a diverse collection of musical styles.
Derri Daugherty, Steve Hindalong, Tim Chandler, Dan Michaels (and Robin Spurs, Mike Sauerbrey and Marc Byrd), thank you. Thank you for the
albums that serve as markers for periods of our lives. Thank you for the
melodies that are ever with us. Thank you for lyrics that lift us up, cause us
to consider and even make us laugh and shed a tear. Thank you for the musical soundscapes that
stir us, settle us and help us get lost in the moment. Thank you for laying out
your own journeys in song and inviting us to ride along.
these Tribute albums give us, as fans, a chance to celebrate The Choir's
musical past, The Choir is still creating outstanding NEW music. Their new album,
"Bloodshot," is in production this very moment. Check www.TheChoir.net for updates!!! COMING SOON!
To Dan Michaels-
Buckeye, it has been a real treat to get to know you over the past few years.
Thank you for greenlighting this crazy idea and giving us access to the band's
indie catalog. And thank you for replying to the million emails along the way
when I needed some guidance. You and Lisa are real gems.
To Deni Gautier- I
cannot thank you enough for all you've done. You contributed a (beautifully
done) song, mastered every single track for both volumes, AND created the
incredible album artwork for volume 2- and not taking one single cent (or
whatever the Canadian equivalent is)! You have a generous heart. I am glad to
call you friend.
To Chris Taylor- Thank
you just doesn't seem to cut it. Before I could even finish asking if you'd
like to contribute to this project, you gave an enthusiastic YES! The artwork
you did for volume 1 is excellent, as is your reinterpretation of
"Cross That River." Thank you for your time and talent. More than
that, thank you for your friendship.
thank you to
the artists who contributed to this project. Without your
incredible generosity, we would have nothing. You gave of your time so freely,
and many of you paid for studio time to record your song. Some of you do this
for a living, some just for fun- but you all contributed to this project out of
a love for The Choir. Thank you for all of the time you spent. I could not be
more proud of the way this turned out, and that is a result of your talents.
PS- all tips received will be split 50/50 between Chris and Deni to cover art supplies and mastering time.
Producer: B. Frazier
Herder of Cats: B. Frazier
Mixed by Deni Gauthier
Volume 1 Artwork: Chris Taylor
All songs used by permission.
“Cross That River.” Chris Taylor. (https://christaylorworld.com/) Chris
Taylor - vocals, keyboards, percussion, bass. Mitchell Connell - electric guitar. Val Cronk
- pedal steel. Mixed by Deni Gauthier. Original from The Choir album, “The
Loudest Sound Ever Heard.” Lyrics and music by Steve Hindalong and Derri
“Beautiful Scandalous Night.” Phil Madeira. (http://philmadeira.net/). Dennis Holt:
Drums. Fleming McWilliams Harmonies. John Painter- Bass. Phil Madeira, lead
vocal, electric and rhythm guitars. Produced by Phil Madeira and John Mark
Painter. Engineered by Phil Madeira, Dennis Holt, and John Mark Painter. Mixed
By John Painter. Original from The Choir album, “Flap Your Wings.” Lyrics and
music by Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty.
“O How.” Greg Chance. All
instruments played by Greg Chance. Original from The Choir album, “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard.” Lyrics and music by Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty.
“Flap Your Wings.” Cinder Highway. www.thecinderhighway.com
. Vocals and instruments by The Cinder Highway. Engineered by Renee M. and Wes
T. Mixed by Wes T. Original on The Choir album, “Flap Your Wings.” Lyrics and
music by Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty.
“A World Away.” Paul Averitt. http://www.paulaveritt.com/. All
vocals and instruments performed by Paul Averitt. Recorded, engineered and mixed
by Paul Averitt. Recording session catering provided by Paul Averitt. Lyrics
and music by Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty.
“The Word Inside the Word,” Allan Nichols. (http://www.reverbnation.com/allennichols.)
Vocals: Allen Nichols. Guitars: Allen Nichols. Bass: John Carter. Keys: Tyler
Flewelling. Drums: Tyler Flewelling. Background Vocals: John. Carter, Tyler
Flewelling, Leo. Engineer: John Carter. Mix: John Carter. Original from The
Choir album, “Burning Like the Midnight Sun.” Lyrics and music by Steve
Hindalong and Derri Daugherty.
“Mercy Lives Here.” Minco Eggersman (feat.
Svante Henryson). (http://www.mincoeggersman.com/).
Cello by Svante Henryson, all other instruments by Minco Eggersman. Recording
and mixing by Minco Eggersman at Studio Amuzikaal. Original from The Choir
album, “Flap Your Wings.” Lyrics and music by Steve Hindalong and Derri
“What You Think I Am.” Ratmos. (https://thedoubledownbeats.bandcamp.com/). Performed and recorded by Ratmos. Original from The Choir album, "Shadow Weaver." Lyrics and music by Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty.
Original from The Choir album, “Shadow Weaver.” Lyrics and music by Steve
Hindalong, Derri Daugherty and Marc Byrd.
“To Rescue Me.” The Chestertons. (www.thechestertonsmusic.com). Kevin
Bianchi: Vocals and Keyboard. Brian Bianchi: Guitar, Drums, Bass, and
Percussion. Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Brian Bianchi at 29 Doors
Recording. Original from The Choir album, “O How the Mighty Have Fallen.”
Lyrics and music by Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty.
“O How the Mighty Have Fallen.” Michael Walker. All
vocals, instruments, and programming by Michael Walker. Engineered by Michael
Walker; mixed by Michael Walker with assistance from J.R. Top. Original from
The Choir album, “O How the Mighty Have Fallen.” Lyrics by Steve Hindalong.
Music by Marc Byrd.
“Hey Skinny.” Wayne Everett. (http://store.northernrecords.com/album/kingsqueens).
Vocals: Wayne Everett. Guitars &
Atmospherics: Marc Byrd. Bass: Matt Wilder. Percussion: Steve Hindalong. Producers:
Steve Hindalong & Wayne Everett. Engineer: Britt Edwards. Mixer: Britt
Edwards. “Hey Skinny” will appear on an upcoming full-length record by Wayne.
See his website for updates.
If you made this far, you are a better person than most and I hope you win the lottery.