Messages From The Spirit: The Collective
A music and literary project by Sheree Brown
The Emmy Award Nominated singer/songwriter Sheree Brown is best remembered in the UK for her 1981 single It’s A Pleasure, released on Capitol Records. She is also recipient of a prestigious ASCAP Award for songwriting and holds multiple gold and platinum record distinctions for “Groove Thang” sampled by Zhane, and songs co-written with Grammy nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist Patrice Rushen, Forget Me Nots Haven’t You Heard, Settle For My Love, Remind Me and Looking for You, which was a #1 hit sampled by Kirk Franklin.
Messages From The Spirit: The Collective features a stellar collection of uplifting songs focusing on love; self love, love of family and community, and love of humanity. These songs are designed to evoke compassion, peace and happiness, an antidote to the drought of these troubling times, taking Sheree’s fans to a place of renewal and rejuvenation, Sheree adds “ Messages From The Spirit: The Collective, offers that sparkling refreshment that tunes and stories celebrate victory of the spirit told by women who owned and overcame their challenges”. Some of the young women with whom Sheree collaborated are also featured in this project.
Naming inspirational works like Gil Scott Heron’s Pieces of A Man, Minnie Riperton’s Come To My Garden, Earth, Wind and Fire’s That’s the Way of The
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World and so many more… Sheree concluded, “These were albums that ushered me into my young adult years and inspired me...Songs of love and songs with a social conscience are as relevant today. Listening to thought provoking lyrics...Bathing in it...Taking it in...a timeless
adventure...remembering...and wanting to capture the same kind of vibe in this, my latest musical effort, Messages From The Spirit: The Collective.., really was a labour of love.”.
This distinctive and timely project includes a song with her long-time collaborator, Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, composer, Patrice Rushen, titled, I Choose Love along with its world premiere video release.
Notes For Editors:
The accompanying book “Messages From The Spirit” also features art by the internationally acclaimed artist Charles Bibb. His work features in museums, galleries, organisations and homes of many collectors, displays a deep sense of spirituality, majesty, dignity, strength and grace; a perfect marriage with the new project by Sheree Brown. Bibbs’ work is done in a combination of realistic and larger than life interpretations of contemporary subjects which are ethnically rooted.
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Expansion Records celebrates its 35th Anniversary year as the UK’s premier modern soul label for brand new music and reissues. Expansion artist alumni include - Leon Ware, Howard Hewett, Kashif, Gary Taylor, Keni Burke, Maysa, Frank McComb, Stephanie Mills and Angela Bofill
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