The LOVE Project!
Rickie Byars Beckwith
Georgia Anne Muldrow
DIRECTOR OF A&R:
Tracks 1, 2, 3 & 4 Produced, Arranged & Recorded at Someotha Ship.
Connect by: GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW
Track 2 vocals recorded by JEFF PAYNE at Eleven Studios
Track 2 mixed by KENN MICHAEL at CodeKraft Studios
Track 4 mixed by DJ ROAMES
Track 5 Recorded & Mixed by PAUL HOFFMAN at Blue Music Studios
Tracks 6 & 7 Live excerpts recorded at AGAPE INTERNATIONAL SPIRITUAL CENTER.
Audio Engineers: Jeff Payne and John Potoker. Mile Hi Church, Audio Engineer: Nathan Marschall
Tracks 6 & 7 Live Fusion Remixes by ZANNE HOLLINGSHEAD & JEFF PAYNE recorded at Eleven Studios
Tracks 8 & 9 Recorded Live at AGAPE INTERNATIONAL SPIRITUAL CENTER. Audio Engineer: Jeff Payne
All live tracks are Courtesy of AGAPE INTERNATIONAL SPIRITUAL CENTER,Culver City, CA, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Spiritual Director; and Courtesy of Mile Hi Church, Denver, CO, Dr. Roger Teel, Senior Minister
RICKIE BYARS BECKWITH:
Lead & Background Vocals, Acoustic Piano on Tracks 5, 6, 7 & 9
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW:
All Instruments, Programming & Background Vocals on Tracks 1-4
MICHAEL BERNARD BECKWITH:
Interwoven Spoken Word on Tracks 6-9
MILE HI CHURCH MUSIC TEAM:
Tracks 6-7: Kent Rautenstraus–Piano / Freddy Rodriguez - Keyboards & BG vocals / Susan Mikulich-Gilbertson - Bass & BG vocals / Mike Marlier – Drums / Jennifer Burnett - BG Vocals/ Thom Lich – BG Vocals
AGAPE HOUSE BAND:
Tracks 6-7: Chris Woods - BG Vocals and Violin / Idris Hester – Percussion / Rashid Lanie or Christian Klikovits – Keyboards / Rob McDonald, Joy Julks or John Hart – Bass / David Neal or Miles Joseph – Guitars / Xavier Marshall, Orlando Boyd or Gerry Brown - Drums
AGAPE HOUSE BAND:
Tracks 8-9: Ming Freeman – Keyboards / Joy Julks – Piano / Idris Hester – Percussion / Iaji Hampden – Drums / Miles Joseph – Guitar / Dwyane Augustine - Bass
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS:
THE AGAPE INTERNATIONAL CHOIR; and Tim McAfee-Lewis for his closing vocals on "We Let It Be."
Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering Lab
COVER PAINTING & INSIDE SKETCH:
Jelizen for Frolabs.com
I would have to rise at four o’clock toget ready for Sunday services and it was already midnight as I sat at the pianoin somewhat of a quandary. I had completed the original version of “Teleprompter” but in my mind, the issue that prompted the song remainedunresolved. “Turn on the light… change the reel of this unreal movie.” How do we do that? How do we move from the confusion to the answer?
I sensed that I should make the shift harmonically and go from minor to major. I played an Eflat major seventh chord, the Heavens opened up and my heart began to sing, “Love, be encouraged. Love, will see you through…"
Sincerely, I could feel the tenderness of Marvin Gaye guiding not only the way I sang, but the way I played. My fingers played two more chords in succession that were also “very Marvin” in how they made me feel. Of course! LOVE is the answer to the question I had posed. “LOVE, gives you courage. LOVE, mends your heart. LOVE, is the best thing. LOVE, you can’t go wrong with LOVE…”
The answer is elegant, simple and deeply profound. And “The LOVE Song” was born. Everyone loved “The LOVE Song” so much that we decided to name the whole project, “The LOVE Project.” It is only fitting that “The LOVE Song” is dedicated to the memory of Marvin Gaye. Thank you, Marvin, we love you. May your soul rest in Eternal JOY.
|1.||The LOVE Song|
|2.||Grateful For The Day|
|6.||Grateful - Devotional (Live Fusion)|
|7.||The LOVE Song - Live Fusion|
|8.||Supreme Inspiration II - Live Version|
|9.||We Let It Be - Live Version||Lyrics|
The Love Project
The birth of my first grandson gave me a good reason to be in Las Vegas for about 10 days. Nokware was only a month old and I had to see him in the way that grandmothers have to see their grandchildren. While visiting, I laid The Love Song, Grateful, Teleprompter and Radiant Light. I couldn’t believe that Georgia arranged, played and did the vocals to a record while holding her infant son on her lap. Working into the wee hours of morning she did just that. When I headed home, half of the songs on the Love Project were complete.
A month later… I had the occasion to appear with my husband, Michael at the Mile Hi Church in Denver. I sang the Love Song and Grateful with the incredible Mile Hi Band and was quite amazed at the quality of the recording from the event. Zanne Hollingshead, a talented deejay from Los Angeles took on the challenge to mix live recorded versions of both Grateful and the Love Song. She tastefully weaved my performances with the Agape House Band, with the ones from Mile Hi. What we have is a very warm presentation of songs that speak of love and gratitude, which is what The Love Project is all about.
Two months after that… I had the honor to perform We Let It Be and Supreme Inspiration at the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. I loved the performances and felt they would fit the record. Our production team agreed.
Two days later…I showed up at the studio to master an album full of eclectic, live and honest moments.Speaking of honest moments, 15 years, a piano/vocal solo performance, produced by Paul Hoffman at Blue Studio is honest to the bone.
And that’s a short version of how The Love Project came about.