Listen to Me: Buddy Holly Track Listing

Stevie Nicks – Not Fade Away (3:59)
Pat Monahan of Train – Maybe Baby (2:26)
Brian Wilson – Listen To Me (2:41)
Imelda May – I’m Lookin’ For Someone To Love (2:08)
Jackson Browne – True Love Ways (3:03)
Cobra Starship – Peggy Sue (2:51)
The Fray – Take Your Time (3:27)
Ringo Starr – Think It Over (1:48)
Chris Isaak – Crying Waiting Hoping (2:26)
Linda Ronstadt - That’ll Be The Day (2:33)
Jeff Lynne – Words Of Love (2:06)
Lyle Lovett – Well All Right (2:22)
Natalie Merchant – Learning The Game (3:28)
Patrick Stump – Everyday (2:38)
Zooey Deschanel – It’s So Easy (2:55)
Eric Idle – Raining In My Heart (3:01)

Listen to Me Series launches September 6 with Listen To Me: Buddy Holly

Listen To Me: Buddy Holly inaugurates Songmasters’ Listen To Me series of year-long multi-media celebrations of the True. Great. Original. artists who forever changed modern music and culture.
Each future campaign will feature today’s leading and emerging artists paying tribute to their musical roots to support and empower the next generation of music’s great talents and innovators.
Press Release

Rolling Announces Release of Listen to Me: Buddy Holly Album

On July 25, Rolling announced the release of Songmasters’ tribute album, Listen to Me; Buddy Holly. Boasting a line-up hailed by Holly’s widow, Maria Elena, as “fantastic,” stands apart among the many tribute albums devoted to Holly’s work. Among those contributing brand-new recordings to the collection are Stevie Nicks, Patrick Stump, Jeff Lynne, Natalie Merchant, Imelda May, Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne, The Fray, Cobra Starship, Brian Wilson, Chris Isaak, Pat Monahan (of Train), Zooey Deschanel, Eric Idle, and the one and only Ringo Starr. The album will include the incomparable version of “That’ll Be The Day” recorded originally by Linda Ronstadt. The album is executive produced by Peter Asher, multiple Grammy award-winner.
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Listen To Me: Buddy Holly Fulfills Holly’s Dream of Supporting Young Talent

Maria Elena Holly, Buddy’s widow, told us “Buddy did everything he could to make sure that talented young musicians and songwriters got a real chance, he even started his own label – he called it ‘Prism’ – to make this possible. He would be especially thrilled, as I am, that so many outstanding artists are part of this effort to honor his personal commitment to recognize and help great young musical talent.”
This project carries on Holly’s legacy of boosting and empowering new artists. Since 2009, Songmasters has endowed The Holly Prize, an annual award juried and presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame to recognize and support the “all-in-one songwriter,” an exceptionally talented and inspired young musician/singer/songwriter whose work exhibits the ambition and artistic qualities of Holly’s music. Listen To Me: Buddy Holly will also benefit numerous music-related organizations – including The Grammy Foundation’s “Grammy Camps” and Artists’ House Music – each of which support the artistic growth and professional development of young musicians and industry innovators.
Additionally, the winners of the Listen To Me National Talent Competition, launching later this Fall, will receive grants, cash and product awards, and performance opportunities to help launch their professional careers in music.

Small World, Safe World

In keeping with our practice of supporting worthy causes and groups through our own work, we are pleased to post that Jackson Browne – who is performing on our upcoming release, Listen To Me: Buddy Holly – will join many great artists in another important charitable effort: MUSE 2 – the upcoming Benefit Concert To Support Disaster Relief Efforts In Japan And Non-Nuclear Groups Worldwide . Join Jackson at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View in LA on AUGUST 7th. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 27. Ticket info and more can be found in the press release or by going to

Second Holly Prize Awarded

Kendra Morris, winner of the Songwriters Hall of Fame 2011 Holly Prize, receives award from Regan McCarthy, Senior Partner of Songmasters, which endows the annual prize.

The Holly Prize, made possible by Songmasters, is administered and juried by SHoF as a tribute to the legacy of SHoF inductee and musical legend, Buddy Holly. The Holly Prize recognizes and supports the “all-in-one songwriter,” an exceptionally talented and inspired young musician/singer/songwriter whose work exhibits the qualities of Holly’s music: true, great and original. The 2011 Holly Prize winner is Kendra Morris.

“Buddy Holly was one of music’s true pioneers. His unique style and all-around talent as a songwriter, performer and producer is still a major influence on today’s music. He was committed to controlling his own artistry and to helping other young musicians do the same. We are thrilled that SHOF recognizes that same spirit in the next generation of songwriters.” says Jennifer Cohen, Managing Partner of Songmasters.

In presenting this year’s Holly Prize to Kendra Morris on June 14, 2011, Regan McCarthy, Senior Partner of Songmasters, said that “the directness, clarity and emotional truthfulness of Kendra’s lyrics, her amazing vocals, and her guitar mastery root her deeply in Holly’s musical lineage. They also make her, like Holly, a formidable talent.”

The Holly Prize was inaugurated in 2009, in conjunction with the announcement of Listen to Me™, Songmasters’ industry-wide, multi-media celebration of the True. Great. Original.™ artists of contemporary music recorded in their own styles by some of today’s leading performers in order to raise substantial support for the next generation of great music makers and entrepreneurs. Through this program, Songmasters will make direct grants to various industry charities – The Grammy Foundation, Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and Artists House – whose programs support the development of exceptional musical talent.

Listen to Me: Buddy Holly on Ganymede

On May 12, 2011, the sci-fi comedy motion picture Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede announced a collaboration with Songmasters to create a soundtrack for the film. See full article here.

True Love Ways Unveiled – Buddy Holly’s Great Music, Great Romance

On April 29, 2011 Songmasters and PJ Clarke’s hosted the True Love Ways event in NYC, which celebrated the genesis and impact of this great song and the love that inspired it. Five hours after they met, Buddy Holly proposed to Maria Elena Santiago at PJ Clarke’s on June 20, 1958 at Table 53 and soon thereafter wrote True Love Ways for her as a wedding gift. At this event, Maria Elena Holly unveiled the never before seen True Love Ways photo of their wedding kiss, now displayed at PJ Clarke’s above the very table where they became engaged. The Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation also presented Peter Asher with the coveted True Love Ways guitar, in recognition that he and his incomparable music partner, Gordon (Waller), made True Love Ways a worldwide sensation and to honor Peter’s longstanding association with Holly’s music as both a producer and performer. This guitar is an identical replica of Holly’s renowned Gibson J-45 guitar and includes one fret from Holly’s original guitar.

At the event, Peter used his True Love Ways guitar to recreate Peter and Gordon’s timeless hit recording of True Love Ways (with a virtual Gordon co-performing). Peter also spoke at the event about his newest Holly project, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, an album that he is executive producing for Songmasters. This album launches the Listen to Me series, a celebration of the True. Great. Original. artists of contemporary music, featuring today’s greatest performers honoring their musical roots to raise substantial support for the next generation of music makers and entrepreneurs. Featuring Stevie Nicks, Pat Monahan of Train, Brian Wilson, Imelda May, Jackson Browne, Cobra Starship, The Fray, Ringo Starr, Chris Isaak, Linda Ronstadt, Jeff Lynne, Lyle Lovett, Natalie Merchant, Patrick Stump, Zooey Deschanel, and Eric Idle the album is available on Sept 6, 2011.

Ringo Starr contributes new track to star-studded Buddy Holly CD tribute’s Steve Marinucci covers the imminent release of the Listen to Me: Buddy Holly album. Read the full article here.

Apr 29,11 – PJ Clarke’s & Songmasters Host “True Love Ways”

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