Pictured are (l-r): Sharon Corbitt-House of Ben's Studio, recording engineer Steve Marcantonio, Nicole Cochran of Nic of Time Communications, and Sweetwater editorial director Mitch Gallagher. The group had just shot a "Sweetwater Minute" video interview to help promote the CD.
Fort Wayne, IN (June 7, 2012)—And We All Shine On, a tribute to John Lennon released as a benefit for the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund, has just been released on CD.
Organized by Nashville engineer Steve Marcantonio, the album includes 10 handpicked favorites from Lennon's solo works, performed by Nashville artists. All proceeds from the CD, which sells for $12 including shipping, go to the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF), which provides financial support to Nashville audio engineers in need. Sweetwater is the exclusive national retailer for the CD.
The album is available online at: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LennonNERFCD, or call toll free: 800-222-4700.
Marcantonio, now a resident of Nashville and a member of the music community there, was an engineer on John Lennon's final album before his passing in 1980. Marcantonio remarked, "John and Yoko had just left the studio and within an hour, the news was on TV. His career was a big influence on my career. Working with him and Yoko was probably the most special time that I have spent in the studio."
In 2010, Marcantonio had to have emergency surgery. He was in the hospital for a week and out of work for three months. NERF helped to get him back on his feet financially.
Marcontonio explained how the album project came about: "While home recovering, I received a call from a journalist doing a story about John Lennon. That year (2010) was the anniversary of both John's birth and unfortunate death. I spoke with the journalist for about 15 minutes, and when I got off the phone, my wife Carrie inquired as to what the conversation was all about. When I told her, she commented how it is that nobody had ever done a tribute record to John Lennon. It hit me like a bolt of lightening, and that's when the whole project came to me. It actually helped in my recovery because I couldn't wait to get started."
Through the help of Jack Douglas, the producer of Double Fantasy, he was able to get in touch with Yoko Ono, who gave her blessing for the project, which allowed 100 percent of the proceeds to go to NERF.
Marcantonio, who served as executive producer of the project, assembled a team, including Sharon Corbitt-House of Ben's Studio and Nicole Cochran of NERF, and the project proceeded throughout 2010 and 2011. All artists, studios, musicians and engineers involved in the project donated their time and were extremely enthusiastic about it. "Recording this project reminded me of why I love living and working in Nashville," Marcantonio stated. "It is truly about the music, and hopefully our hard work will shine through in these recordings."