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WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE “BRING YOU JOY” ALBUM?

Having navigated the grief of losing loved ones, we wanted to create an album that helped in the healing process. And while music does have the power to heal, we know from personal experience that sometimes people needmore. So we are donating 40% of all sales to charities that offer mental health services. We want to offer music that heals, and help fund the healing that music cannot provide.

WHY HAVE 24 VERSIONS OF THE SAME SONG?
There are 24 hours in a day, so the 24 versions symbolize how grief is often different hour-to-hour, day-to-day
HOW MUCH IS THE ALBUM?

When the album is complete, all 24 tracks will be available for $10, with $4 of each sale going to charity. Pre-orders are available now, and will assist us in funding the final touches.

WHAT LANGUAGES AND GENRES ARE ON THE ALBUM?

“Bring You Joy” currently has versions recorded in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Indonesian, with vocalists from Australia, Indonesia, the US, the UK, Portugal, Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil and Nigeria. Genres include R & B, Hip Hop, Pop, Classical, Adult Contemporary, Country, Blues, Rock, EDM, Caribbean / Tropical, and Merengue.

DO ALL 24 VERSIONS HAVE THE SAME LYRIC?

There are actually three sets of lyrics. The first half the album is “I Wanna Bring You Joy,” which is more reflective of the beginning stages of grief, and the tougher days and moments. The second half of the album is a 2.0 version of that lyric, called “I’m Gonna Bring You Joy.” These versions are for the better days and moments, or for those further along in their grief.

The third lyric is what we began calling the Heaven and Earth duet, “I Want You to Bring Me Joy.” It bridges the two halves of the album together.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT THE ALBUM TO SEND AS A WHOLE?

In addition to the actual message of the song itself, we hope the album reassures people in the following ways:

GRIEVE IN A WAY THAT WORKS FOR YOU.
We don’t want anyone grieving inside of someone else’s comfort zone, so we provided as many languages and genres as we could.

IT’S OKAY TO BOUNCE AROUND IN YOUR GRIEF.
As more and more versions were completed, the biggest surprise wasn’t how different they sounded stylistically, but how different they sounded emotionally. Now, our hope is that people will listen to whichever version best expresses the emotion they’re feeling in any given moment, regardless of language or genre. We hope the emotional range of the album can help people identify and connect to the emotional range of their healing.

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS GRIEVE IN A WAY THAT WORKS FOR YOU, BUT YOU SHOULD NEVER FEEL ALONE.
At certain times, grief needs to be 100% individual, and that uniqueness needs to be fiercely protected. At other times, grief needs to be 100% communal, and that gift of being understood needs to be fully embraced. We hope the diversity and consistency of the album helps create a similar sense of balance within the people who listen to it.

IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP, REACH OUT.
We sincerely hope the album brings people comfort and healing, but we’re realistic that whatever comfort it brings, it still might not be enough. Our decision to donate 40% of all sales to charity is two-fold:
-We want to fund the help people may need so it’s available to them when they reach out, and
-We want to send a clear message that it’s ok to reach out. It is normal, it is expected. People want and are waiting for you to reach out, and they will help you when you do.

WHAT TYPES OF CHARITIES WILL RECEIVE DONATIONS FROM THE ALBUM?

Ultimately, it will depend on how much money we raise.  However, since the primary message of the album is that there are many ways to grieve, our intent is to support a range of charities as diverse as the album itself.  Our wish list includes charities who focus on suicide prevention, those who offer scholarships to children of fallen heroes, those who support survivors of loved ones who received hospice, those who provide a variety of summer camps to children who’ve lost parents and siblings in similar ways, as well as many, many others.

HOW WILL THE CHARITIES BE VETTED?

Charities in the US have already been vetted by using CharityNavigator.com.  For charities outside the US, we will find an equivalent method when the need arises, which we hope is soon.

WHERE WILL THE DIFFERENT CHARITIES BE BASED?

Using the postal codes from the credit card purchases, we can track the sale of each album by location, literally around the world.  Using that information, we’ll route donations back to the countries and communities from which they originated.  Our goal is to keep our charitable support as close to the front lines as possible, and as localized as possible.

IF I PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM, WHEN CAN I EXPECT IT TO BE RELEASED?

With the funds raised from our pre-orders, we anticipate the album will be released in early to mid-November

IF I CONNECT WITH THE ALBUM AND IT’S MISSION, HOW CAN I HELP?

Share its existence with as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible, including the opportunity for others to download and share the Album Preview.  For every 2,500 copies of the album that are sold, $10,000 will be donated to charity.

Pre-orders will help us expedite the final edits and versions, and allow us to release the album sooner.

HOW DID THE SONG AND THE ALBUM COME ABOUT?

The song evolved with the songwriter’s healing.  The first version was written in 1993.  Since then, the lyric and the melody have been perpetually re-written, with a new version every 18-24 months. 

Along the way, each version was recorded, typically in the style of whatever new artist was most popular at the time.  While the versions were all lyrically and melodically different, collectively, they became a rough draft of the current album.  Three years ago, when we thought the song was finished, we couldn’t decide which style to pick, so we picked them all, and work on the album began.

WHY RELEASE IT NOW?

When people preview the current album, they keep saying how timely it is.   We are humbled by that statement, and hope the album honors the sentiment.  But the reality is, we’re releasing the project now simply because after 25 years of working on the song, and after three years of working on the album, we can finally say it’s ready.

WHY ARE THE VOCALISTS CURRENTLY UNCREDITED?

We’re unbelievably proud of and grateful to the vocalists who’ve given their talents to the project.  They are the reason that 24 different versions of the same song went from an idea to a reality.  However, a few of our vocalists are in the final stages of navigating prior contractual obligations as to how their voices can be used.  As soon as we can, we’ll give each of them the spotlight and recognition they deserve.  We can’t wait to tell you who they are.

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