Tuesday, June 02, 2009
So some of you have asked for an update on Requiem....here it is...
In talking with management and publishing, we decided to hold off on Requiem as a solo project right now. Everyone feels like it's a bigger thing than just an add on to an album. It took me a while to come around to that, but that thinking did allow me to dream a little bit and come up with a bigger plan and a bigger idea...an idea that we are following through with some meetings.
The idea is to now expand Requiem to be a multi-artist album in the vein of City on A Hill or My Utmost For His Highest. The album would be 12 or so songs (including the 6 from Requiem), all based on liturgical texts. Requiem would most likely end the album. The 6 songs that are Requiem will feature several different artists, obviously including me.
For the first 6 or so songs of the record, we would go to different artists who catch the vision for this project and have them write songs based on other texts, or write songs straight from the texts. Each song will likely feature more than one artist, even if an artist writes the song for themselves....this will be a community record.
The vision I have for this record is to approach the idea of writing worship music that is deeper both musically and lyrically than the normal "every day" worship music. Plus basing it off of liturgical texts in the first place kind of gives it a different angle to begin with.
I had a meeting yesterday with a major producer who is becoming a friend. We talked about the idea and he is excited about the whole thing. We're getting together on Saturday to actually listen to the whole Requiem a couple of times, then talk about the project in this light and in light of him hearing the music.
I really believe in this project and could see it being like that City on a Hill kind of thing...so hopefully we can start to see some project in the near future. I have a feeling that with the right team around it, that it won't be a hard sell to some major artists and if the artists are on board, the labels should be easier (it's never easy LOL) to get on board.