|For Immediate Release: July 27, 2016
MPress Records Releases "Songs For Orlando"
A Donate-What-You-Want Compilation Featuring New Music
From Rachael Sage, Seth Glier & A Fragile Tomorrow
100% Of The Proceeds To Benefit The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida & OneOrlando
New York, NY: In the wake of the tragic events in Orlando this past June, independent record label MPress Records' artists Rachael Sage, Seth Glier and A Fragile Tomorrow wanted to do something to help the families of the victims and the LGBT community. The New York-based label has organized a special fundraising EP "Songs For Orlando", featuring three new tracks: "Disarm Distrust" by Rachael Sage, "Before the Fire Fades" by Seth Glier and "49 Pulses" by A Fragile Tomorrow. The album is available now via Noisetrade for a pay-what-you-want donation. 100% of the tips will benefit The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida & OneOrlando. MPress Records is also presenting Rachael Sage + Friends A Benefit For Orlando in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 on August 2nd, details below.
Sage, who is an active member of the LGBT community and has performed at Pride Festivals from London to San Francisco, was horrified by the attack on the Pulse Nightclub and immediately wanted to show solidarity. “Like so many of my peers, I was overwhelmed with sadness when the news hit and of course knew that we had to do something.” Within days, Sage had penned a poignant song “Disarm Distrust”, which she will debut at the benefit.
Produced by Sage and Grammy® Nominated cellist/composer Dave Eggar (Evanescence, Coldplay), “Disarm Distrust” was recorded at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT. Says Sage, “It was important to record this song quickly and to share it as soon as possible. I rang up Dave, my engineer John Shyloski and The Carriage House, explained the nature of the song, and everyone rallied right away.” The lyric asks the question “where is the answer / that love has promised to us…”, while conveying a message of empathy and love with the repeated refrain “I will hold you in my arms / I won’t change you or do harm”.
MPress alum Seth Glier and A Fragile Tomorrow were also inspired to write their own songs, and the label partnered with Noisetrade to release"Songs For Orlando"; on their donate-what-you-want platform.
Seth Glier writes: 'The Dalai Lama said, "In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.' I believe that there is a compassionate fire in each of us. Mine has been burning a bit brighter in response to so many grave injustices. I wrote this new song, 'Before The Fire Fades,' to remind myself that some fires are not meant to go out."
A Fragile Tomorrow writes: "Our song is a call to action to start celebrating life, dancing more, smiling more, loving each other more and not taking for granted the days we have on this earth. On the night of the tragedy, the victims of the Pulse shooting were celebrating life and love proudly. They were living authentically and being who they were with pride. We have a lot to learn from these 49 pulses."
100% of the tip donations made for "Songs For Orlando” and all proceeds from the ticket sales for the benefit will be donated to the The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. The Center has partnered with Equality Florida, the National Compassion Fund and OneOrlando to ensure all funds collected for victims are dispersed in a unified process that will expedite funds, ensure transparency and safeguard against fraud.
WHEN: Tuesday August 2, 2016
TIME: 8:15 pm
VENUE: Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
VENUE ADDRESS: 185 Orchard Street, NYC
VENUE LINK: Click here
TICKET PRICE: $20
TICKET LINK: Click here
EVENT NOTES: MPress Records Presents: Rachael Sage & Friends - A Benefit For Orlando with special guests Seth Glier, Matt Nakoa & Michelle Citrin.
Rachael Sage & Friends – A Benefit For Orlando, to benefit The GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. The event will take place at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 (185 Orchard Street) on Tuesday, August 2nd at 8:15pm.
Joining multiple OutMusic & Independent Award-winning songstress Rachael Sage for the benefit concert are Grammy® nominated singer-songwriter and MPress artist Seth Glier, whose voice has been compared to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel; YouTube sensation and award-winning singer-songwriter Michelle Citrin, dubbed “the Jewish IT Girl” by the Jerusalem Post; and Western Canadian Music Award nominee Matt Nakoa. “All three of these musicians are socially conscious in very overt, inspiring ways” says Sage, “and it will be an honor to come together as creative artists, to express our compassion for Orlando.”