Grace Slick, Michelle Mangione and Others Band Together to Record New Song to Raise Money for Gulf Coast
2010-07-28 · By Editor
In the wake of the recent BP oil disaster, rock-and-roll icon Grace Slick and Long Beach singer/songwriter Michelle Mangione have joined forces on a new song to be released this week that brings together musicians from across the U.S. to raise money for aid to Louisiana. The GRAMMY Museum has partnered with the artists, lending its support for the track, The Edge of Madness, in order to beneﬁt ﬁshermen and musicians in the areas hardest hit by the disaster.
The song had its debut at The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles July 24 at an art exhibit and reception, featuring the artwork of Slick and an interview with KLOS DJ Jim Ladd.
The recording, featuring over 20 musicians and singers, is one of the first of its kind that includes musicians of many genres and generations in support of those who are struggling ﬁnancially due to the oil spill.
“I always thought government was supposed to take care of its people,” Slick said. “What’s going on?”
Slick and Mangione wrote the music and lyrics for The Edge of Madness, a song that pays tribute to the musical legacy of Louisiana.
“Grace was so pissed off by Louisiana being hit from every angle, between Katrina and now BP, that she sent me these lyrics and asked me to write the music,” Mangione said. “We started putting out the word to other musicians and singers who also felt helpless and wondered what they could do. Then the parts just started coming in. Most of the recording was done in my bedroom studio. Those who were not in town worked with me via the internet.”
Slick and Mangione are joined on the recording by other top musicians and singers, including Bill Medley (Righteous Brothers), Tom Dumont (No Doubt), Billy Zoom (X), Martha Davis (The Motels), Kid Ramos (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Larry Hanson (Alabama), Terri Nunn (Berlin), and Steven Hodges (Tom Waits, Smashing Pumpkins).
The track will be released on an independent label and will be available for a download purchase from The GRAMMY Museum’s website. Proceeds from sales will be donated directly to the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund that offers aid to ﬁshermen and their families, and to the MusicCares Foundation®, which provides emergency ﬁnancial assistance to members of the music community across the U.S., and continues to offer support to music people and their families in Louisiana. Slick and Mangione last worked together as co-writers on the highly regarded What is a Saint, the title track on Mangione’s most recent CD, released in 2009. The Edge of Madness can be downloaded from The GRAMMY Museum’s website.
A sample of the track and more information, including a full list of artist contributors, can be found on Michelle Mangione’s website. Further information about Slick’s artwork and The Edge of Madness can also be found on the Area Arts website.
Slick and Mangione to make guest appearance on local Long Beach internet radio show Swoop’s World Radio.
Tune in Thursday July 29, 2010 @ 9am (PST) as Grace Slick and Michelle Mangione join Swoop and Peter to discuss The Edge of Madness, the inspiration behind the song, and what can be done to help the people of Louisiana. Those are some of the things we know will be discussed, but of course with this line up who knows where it all will lead.
You don’t want to miss what is sure to be a fun, informative, good time.
Listeners have the opportunity to call in live (917) 889-7449 or join in the conversation via our online chat.
Swoop’s World Radio is an Internet radio show focused on Long Beach, CA. The live show as well as archived episodes can be found online. For additional information about the show visit the Swoop’s World website.