Erlenbach, Switzerland—The first-of-its-kind album Beyond Music Volume One Same Sky from online collaborative platform Beyond Music features 22 artists from 17 countries, along with an all-star roster of musicians and engineers, all under the guidance of four-time Grammy winner and three-time Grammy Producer of the Year nominee Larry Klein.
The album’s 13 songs were created via Beyond Music’s online platform, through which musicians from all over the world were able to collaborate digitally. The project’s goal is to unite diverse cultures through music and encourage global togetherness, solidarity and mutual support. Beyond Music received 110 song submissions via the online portal and selected 10 songs to be recorded for the first volume of what will be an ongoing project.
The 22 artists included in the project hail from Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Cameroon, Congo, Denmark, Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Tanzania and the United States. The artists behind the 10 winning songs were flown to Studios La Fabrique in southern France and, over the course of 12 days, brought their songs to life with Klein, a world-class house band and world-class engineers.
Klein assembled the core band of all-star musicians, session players including Dean Parks, Ed Harcourt, Adrian Utley, Manu Katché, Clive Deamer and Dan Lutz, who have collectively played with Sting, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Radiohead, Portishead and beyond. The album was mixed by Tim Palmer, Stephen Lipson, Tchad Blake, Adam Greenspan and Maxime Le Guil, and mastered by Bernie Grundman.
The new songs written for this album address a host of urgent topics, including how women bear the brunt of dealing with challenges that arise from water crises. Other themes include citizens attempting to remain hopeful in difficult circumstances, the unconditional love for disabled children in countries with poor medical care, and forced marriage of young brides in the Far and Middle East.
Beyond Music • www.beyondmusic.org