Behind the scenes video on making of the Listen to Me: Buddy Holly album featuring all participating artists. This new authentic compilation of Buddy Holly’s masterpieces includes performances by: 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 2014 Holly Prize, an award made possible by Songmasters and administered and juried by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a tribute to the legacy of SHOF inductee Buddy Holly has been awarded to Jack Skuller. Started in 2009, Holly Prize recognizes and supports the “all-in songwriter,” an exceptionally talented and inspired young musician/singer/songwriter whose work follows …View full post
Songmasters Wins Three Telly Awards Honoring Its TV, Video and Online Productions from “Listen to Me: True.Great.Original.” Tribute to Buddy Holly Songmasters’ Third Annual Holly Prize Awarded By Songwriters Hall of Fame Buddy Holly “Listen to Me” Guitar Featured Item in Julien’s “Music Icons” Auction New York, NY – June 19, 2012 – Songmasters was …View full post
Songmasters was named a three-time winner by the 33rd Annual TELLY Awards for its television, video and online productions related to the inaugural year of its “Listen to Me: True. Great. Original.” series featuring a year-long celebration of the music and legacy of Buddy Holly. Competing against more than 11,000 entries, Songmasters received two of the highest …View full post
The Holly Prize, an award made possible by Songmasters and administered and juried by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a tribute to the legacy of SHOF inductee Buddy Holly, will be awarded to Emily King. The Holly Prize recognizes and supports the “all-in songwriter,” an exceptionally talented and inspired young musician/singer/songwriter whose work follows the legacy …View full post
May 1, 2012 (New York City) The one and only Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959, a day many believed was the “day the music died,” as immortalized in Don Maclean’s famous song, “American Pie”, which first hit the charts 40 years ago this year. Jackson Browne noted when doing his album track, “True …View full post
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: 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.
On July 25, Rolling Stone.com 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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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.
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 www.musiciansunited4safeenergy.com
“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.
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.
Examiner.com’s Steve Marinucci covers the imminent release of the Listen to Me: Buddy Holly album. Read the full article here.