It's nearly impossible to pull something like this off by yourself (though CD Baby, etc. has made it all much easier), and who would want to? The process of collaborating is so much of the fun. Creating the music I share here has been the happiest experience of my life. It has been absolutely extraordinary.
This page will be a work in progress because there are SO MANY people to thank.
I am grateful to George Reich for decades of collaboration and creation, for getting to know my musical sensibilities so well and going along with my crazy notions. I am also grateful to him for talking me down from the crazier ones. Thanks for your musicianship, your focus and your friendship.
I am grateful to Paco Silva Sanchez Schaefer for his companionship, creative input, level-headedness, passion, and immeasureable support. There is no way I could have done this without him. And to top it off, the way he learned to use video production software on the fly and made the terrific video for the Melissa Manchester Contest entry. Incredible.
I am grateful to Stephan Oberhoff for his immense skill as a producer/arranger/player and guide. Thank you, brother, for allowing me to play in the Creation Station where dreams are realized.
I am grateful to Lori Braley for hours of attention she gave to my songs and honest feedback. Many hugs to you, sweetheart.
I am grateful to Sue Holder for guidance in a pinch, encouragement and for pointing me in the right direction again and again. I also appreciate the way she sort of picked me out of a crowd. Very kind.
I am grateful to Marianne Williamson for the countless ways she has enriched my life and for so generously giving me access to her material for this project.
I am grateful to my wonderful family for their love, encouragement and support over the years. I am sure it hasn't always been easy. Thank you! I love you.
I am grateful to Regina Bunye-Johnson for frequent input and the lovely flute playing in These are the Walls.
I am grateful to Lisa Ulanday for her amazing vocals on It's About Love, Celebration Mix and Wake Up! Brava, diva! You GO!
I am grateful to Gwen Young for believing in me early on and for support and encouragement.
I am grateful to Melissa Manchester for being a light to me in dark times as a kid through her music and for her amazing generosity, especially these past couple of years.
I am grateful to Rodger Guerrero for his decades of friendship and love and for the many things, musical, spiritual, intellectual and practical he has taught me and to his partner, Tye, for his steadfast warmth and stability.
I am grateful to Sara Shakliyan-Mendez for her musical contributions on Your Sweater, It's About Love, Celebration Mix and Love Shines On, her patience, and for her honest feedback.
I am grateful to Sara, Lisa, Louie Ulanday and Tom Madrid, Jr. for their chorus vocals on It's About Love, Celebration Mix.
I am grateful to Ron Fredryck for taking time out of his busy schedule to offer musical input, for the laughs and for keeping my hair looking so nice.
I am grateful to Michael Canyon Drebert for his fnatastic insights and the truly magnificent video he made for Invocation. Namaste, sir.
I am grateful to Gayla Turner for her love and support and for sharing so much with me.
I am grateful to Betsy Brown for her spiritual perspective, for treating me to Beth Hart, and for the great photo.
I am grateful collectively and individually to the Blessed Sacrament Choir members. You are amazing and I love each of you. And also to the Blessed Sacrament community at large for their acceptance, love and support.
I am grateful to Lynn Kowal for her support, expertise and love, Hugs to you, little sis.
I am grateful to Paul Nowell for his enthusiasm and for playing on So Cold. What a fantastic job!
I am grateful to Carol Robbins for her lovely magic and artistry with the harp on the Row, Row/Moon River Mashup and to her husband Buddy Halligan for enabling us to record with him at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Soundstage-an experience I will never forget.
I am grateful to Christoph Bull for his wonderfully musical keyboard tracks on So Cold and for decades of friendship.
I am grateful to Debi Blount for many years of friendship, inspiration, support and love.
I am grateful to Jorge Sarmiento for his terrific photography and his friendship.
I am grateful to Lisa Barr for years of friendship and lovely art.
I am grateful to Jeff Lindfors at LPO for another terrific design job.
I am grateful to Alexis Salamanca for the terrific and quick turnaround on the fliers.
I am grateful to Sandy Rosco for being such a great advocate for things she believes in, and for believing in me.
I am grateful to the folks at CD Baby for making the distribution so easy.
I am grateful to the lgbtq community in Porterville CA for their bravery, perseverance and class.
I am grateful to Virginia Gurrola for her courage.
I am grateful to Results.org for their amazing work to end deep poverty and for partnering with me on this project.
Thank you Valerie Milano, for valuable press coverage.
I am grateful to Chad Ellis for his musicianship and lending his creativity to my project.
I am grateful to Lisa and Louie Ulanday and Jennifer Steers for background vocals on All the Babes on Christmas Born.
I am grateful to Bram Stoker Award-winning author Elizabeth Massie for the honor of setting her beautifu poem, All the Babes on Christmas Born to music.
I am grateful to Jennifer Steers, Lisa Ulanday and Louie Ulanday for lending their spot-on vocals to the backup tracks on All the Babes on Christmas Born.
I am grateful to my husband Paco for his amazing creation of the music videos for the Midnight Blue/Lights of Dawn Mashup, April Fool, Closer than You Think, It's About Love-Celebration Mix and All the Babes on Christmas Born, not to mention his boundless love and support.
I am grateful to people who have taught me things that have informed these songs, whether through relationships, conversations, example, art or accident.
This is just a start, so hang in there...