Yoko Ono grants Nashville charity rights for reissue
We All Shine On, a tribute to John Lennon with love from Music City will be reissued with a virtual kick-off on August 11th at 7 pm. The project was produced by Nashvillian Steve Marcantonio, one of Lennon’s engineers, who was working with him at the Record Plant in New York City an hour before he was shot in front of his home in 1980.
Marcantonio hand-picked the artists that appear on We All Shine On based on their shared love for the slain music icon and his music. They include: Rodney Crowell who sings “Oh My Love”, Foster and Lloyd reunited to brilliantly cover “Crippled Inside,” Jeff Hanna and Matraca Berg sing “Whatever Gets You Through The Night,” and songstress Gretchen Peters offers the song ”Love” to the collection of Lennon songs.
We All Shine On is the only Lennon tribute recorded with Yoko Ono’s consent. John Lennon had a personal affection for audio engineers so Ono was quick to give Marcantonio her blessing if a promise was made that 100% of the profits benefit The Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF) – a benevolent fund that gives a hand up to area engineers in times of crisis and very close to Marcantonio’s heart. Like most professions worldwide, sound engineers have been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our annual fundraiser, the AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament, was canceled for 2020 as a result of COVID and this record is one of our greatest assets,” shares Frank Wells, an AES Past President and Secretary of NERF (an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation founded by the Audio Engineering Society Nashville Section). “We are so grateful to Steve and Yoko for allowing us to release it digitally as we first did in 2011 with the still available CD.” We All Shine On will be exclusively distributed digitally by TuneCore, with details available soon.
A virtual event featuring Marcantonio, Wells, NERF President (also an AES Past President) Jim Kaiser, executive producers Sharon Corbitt and Nicole Cochran, as well as other surprise guests connected to the project will be online on August 11th at 7 pm.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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