What I initially thought would be a pipe dream of working with Fred Mollin has finally become a reality. After that very first day where I met Fred over a fried chicken and brazenly asked him if he’d produce my next cd, to our next coffee encounter the following day where I insisted on singing for him in the parking lot of a Nashville strip mall, a special friendship was formed and arrangements were made for us to work together. What a journey this in itself has been.
There were times over the last year when I thought I may have to say ‘no’ to doing this album due to funding…but in those many moments of uncertainty, I had an overwhelming surety that somehow the money would come. And if by pure chance and serendipity, it did come. And in miraculous ways, the album got made. This record wouldn’t have been possible without all of the beautiful souls who contributed so much to it. So many tiny little pieces came together, and each little step, inching slowly forward, became a path. I hope that the music inspires you in times of darkness and light.
A very special thanks to everyone who made this dream come alive. To my co-writers John Hemingway and Kevin Sokolnicki, you guys rock! Mike Tompa for the countless hours in studio, Dave Salley for knowing exactly what to do, Paul Dutton for your encouragement and invaluable support of this project, and Jim and Nancy Culver who have become my ‘Nashville family’. To my mom and dad back in Durban, my eternal thanks for the incredible gift of music. Additional thanks to: Shawn Aarons, Mark Aulakh, Diane Basnicki, Sarah Bonsignore, Matthew Boukydis, Sam Broverman, Al Brown, Scott Carr, Brad Cole, Ori Dagan, Jean Doench, Paul Dutton, Sarah Farres, Andy Frost, Marshall Goodman, Jim & Carol Harrison, John Hemingway, Janice Ho, Arthur Holt, Keith Kerbler, Raymond Hamilton Irwin, Toni & John Lyng, Carl Lyons, Mike MacInnes, Joel Maxwell, Max Moore, Dunstan Morey, Paul Odette, Dragan Pekic, Colleen Ross, Mike Tharin, Valerie Thompson, Terry Seay, Rob Waite, Bernard Yeung Jr, and particularly Godin Guitars and Snapd Magazine for your support!
Stu Harrison, for the countless hours of work on every aspect of this project, and your unwavering belief that I could and should be doing this. I could not have done it without you. THANK YOU! And finally, I need to thank Fred Mollin. Fred, your incredible generosity and wisdom gave me the push and confidence I needed to get this music out there. You took me under your wing and helped me craft something that I’m very, very proud of. I’m looking forward to the next one! And to all who are touched by this music in any way, I hope that the love and messages of hope, strength, and healing that went into its making helps to affect your life in a positive way. Enjoy the music 🙂