The Love Leads The Way, Come Hell, Or High Water initiative flows from the heart of CCMA award winner and prolific songwriter Sean Hogan from B.C. who wrote the song Come Hell Or High-Water (See What Love Can Do) in response to watching the devastating flood that tore up and destroyed a good part of Southern Alberta in late June 2013.
“I was watching the news, gripped to the extreme circumstances and feeling for my friends and family. I wondered what could I possibly do to make a difference, when I then saw the story of a Siksika Nation band member named Leonard Bear Shirt.
“In his interview he said he had minutes to go into his house and grab some personal affects and decided to grab his drum. That connection between spirituality and music had a significant impact on me and I felt compelled to write a song whose sales could offer a contribution of relief needed by those who have suffered losses due to this very unfortunate circumstance”, says Hogan.
Hogan sat down and penned the aptly written track Come Hell Or High Water (See What Love Can Do) with thoughts of reaching out to his comrades across the nation and making it a collaborative project. He shared the song and idea with his band mate, and multi-instrumentalist Eric Reed who agreed that Hogan was on the right track.
Since then, artists from all over Canada have agreed to sing on the track including Bobby Wills, Shane Yellowbird, Patricia Conroy, Duane Steele, Shane Chisholm, Samantha King, Tenille, Blake Berglund, Clayton Bellamy, Angela Harris, Wyatt, Brett Kissel, Crystal Shawanda, Pear and Jake Mathews, with more star power still coming on side.
Some artists could not participate in the effort due to their own busy schedules, such as George Canyon and Chad Brownlee, but the door has only just opened and the days are early for this project to become a great funding source for the cause.
Come Hell Or High Water (See What Love Can Do), which has already been in the studio, is being co-produced by Hogan and long time buddy Rick Hutt from Ontario (Northern Pikes, Beverly Mahood, John Landry, Sean Hogan, Jamie Warren), and mixed by Kevin Churko (Shania Twain, Ozzy Osbourne). By the power of the digital age, the recording, editing, mixing and mastering of the single will take place at various recording studio’s throughout Canada and the U.S. who have graciously offered to give of their time, including Cedartree Recording Studios (Kitchener, ON), MCC Studios (Calgary, AB), Bart McKay Productions (Saskatoon, SK), Dove Creek Studios (Comox Valley, BC), Emerald City Studios (Los Angeles, CA), The Hideout (Las Vegas, NV) and Pilot AudioMobile Unit (Calgary, AB) so that recording artists across the nation can cost effectively record their parts on the song as per the direction of Hogan and Hutt.
Upon completion of the single, it will be made available to the public for digital download with 100% of the proceeds intended to assist the Red Cross in their disaster relief efforts, which include the operation of their seven emergency shelters for victims in the area as well as providing funding to food banks. Release dates for the single will be announced very soon.
On the marketing front, Hogan has just confirmed support by Fair Wend Entertainment Services to help create awareness by taking a ‘grass roots’ approach for a national promotions campaign, starting with Hogan’s friends, family, comrades, and fans. He also intends to service the single to Country music radio across Canada to help drive download sales, and has just started discussions with his long time friend and Leo Award winning actor/director Colin Cunningham (male lead in Steven Spielberg produced series Falling Skies) in hopes of doing a music video that captures the human spirit and the integrity of his initiative, Love Leads The Way, Come Hell, Or High Water.
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