It has been almost 11 years since the tragic events of September 11th. This fall, we have 20 Cyber PR artists who are paying tribute. These talented women and men all have unique stories of how the events changed their lives and shaped them into the musicians they are today. These are nine artists have songs about our All-American heroes of 9/11.
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Jennie Walker’s debut album “Night Flight to London”, includes the song “Hero In My Eyes,” inspired by a firefighter in London and former boyfriend, who was affected with PSD by the happenings of 9/ 11. The entire album was co-written and produced by Grammy-nominated and twelve-time platinum selling producer, Tommy Faragher and won the British Airways Face of Opportunity award in 2011.
Derik Nelson is a singer, songwriter and producer in Los Angeles. He can be seen weekly as the guitarist on the FOX TV show “Glee,” and has produced and recorded six full-length albums to his name. His original 9/11 Tribute Song, “Phone Call,” was inspired by the chilling phone calls made by passengers to their loved ones in the planes on that tragic day. Derik prides himself in his honest lyrical approach, and his biggest dream is to connect with millions of people through his original songs.
Kurt Hunter has played music in over 35 states, internationally, and on one of the world’s largest cruise ships, The Norwegian Epic. His songs have been featured in airplane radio, movie theaters, and national television. His most known appearance to date is an Esurance commercial where he got “animated” by the team at Esurance. Kurt has released two full-length albums and countless singles and covers. His music has also appeared on MTV’s Teen Mom, Auction Kings, Delta Airlines, and Fox promotions. He describes his sound as a blend of Jason Mraz and James Taylor.
Jennifer Johnson’s song, “Angel of the Fallen,” was written on the 10th anniversary of September 11. It was inspired by the Naudet brothers’ re-released 9/11 documentary about the NYC firefighters of Engine 7, Ladder 1. This film opened her eyes to the continued physical suffering still faced today by many of the firefighters who worked at Ground Zero. She felt a heaviness inside for days, then began to hear this song in her head. With the song came a clear visual image of an angelic woman figure dressed in white walking.
Eric Hansen’s song, “Hero in the Dark,” can speak for itself. Eric might as well have a campfire on stage. The warmth and intimacy of his songs and performance style embrace every person in the audience. Stephen Seigel (Tucson Weekly) writes: “…His trademarked earnest-in-a-time-of-irony-songwriting.” His body of work includes whimsical songs about frogs and baby geese, passionate songs about love lost and love found, playful adult songs with a groove and sexy slant and inspirational songs that ask human beings to build a bridge of hands in cooperation. His performances have made grown men cry and children adore him.
STEELY JAMES is an American Songwriter/Recording Artist living in Nashville, TN. He tours consistently to promote his music and message.
The lyrical content of his most recent release titled FREE SPEECH EXPERIMENT has landed him an invitation to play at The First Amendment Center’s annual concert as well as a licensing deal with The Discovery Network. (Military Channel, History Channel)
With songs like “No More War,” “Things That Kill People,” “Unmanned Police Drones,” “The Corporation,” and “Black Gold.” Steely James’ Free Speech Experiment CD gives an inside look at the psychological effects a decade+ of war can have on an indie artist who writes songs of social significance.
Rob Owen is a Singer/Songwriter currently residing in Santa Cruz, California. Rob’s compositions have been aired on MTV’s Real World and most recently have been accepted for a major network licensing deal. His newest single, “Another Breath,” has garnered interest from White Knight Music and Tinderbox Music’s president, Jon Delange. His song, “Common Ground,” was inspired by people’s natural tendency to come together in a time of crisis. The song aims to offer uplifting, hopeful and inspiring words for the people who were directly affected by the 9/11 tragedy.
My Silent Bravery’s new LP, Can’t Quit, was produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Shawn Mullins) and features a track with Grammy nominated recording artist, Matisyahu. Can’t Quit was nominated for album of the year at Indie Music Digest and the album’s first single and title track also picked up honorable mention for the songwriting competition, Song of the Year, which receives entries from all over the world. The video for the song “Can’t Quit” has amassed over 300,000 views on YouTube and was recently featured on the AOL music home page. The video covers the heroic struggles of the wounded warrior, youth at the hands of bullies and our fellow American’s coping with the wave of national disasters plaguing the continental US.
The 9/11-themed title track, “Lifetime Thing,” perhaps this album’s highlight, was originally written about Bobby’s romantic interest, the widow of a 9/11 firefighter. The goal was to turn his personal experience into a message of love, hope, and perseverance for all. The recording has a personable R&B musical flavor, with a Booker T. and the MGs-inspired organ signature and a wailing female background vocal accompaniment. However, Katz plays against those expectations with a vocal and guitar overlay that sounds more like a Stephen Stills folk-rock tune. As Katz sings about overcoming crushing adversity, the song manages not to just straddle both worlds, but to make something that sounds brand new out of these disparate influences.