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Country Band LiveWire and Way Out West Records Announces the Release of “Miracle Of The Human Spirit” on November 22 to Help Raise Awareness to Rebuild Joplin, MO
Release of Benefit Single and Video Coincide With 6-Month Anniversary of Deadly Tornado That Ravaged Southwest Missouri Town
NASHVILLE, TN (November 15, 2011) – Joplin, Missouri-based Country band, LiveWire, and their Nashville label, Way Out West Records, will release a benefit single and video for the song “Miracle Of The Human Spirit” on November 22, 2011, the 6-month anniversary of the deadly EF-5 tornado that devastated the city of Joplin.
“Miracle Of The Human Spirit” will be available on iTunes and other digital retailers on 11/22. All proceeds (after taxes) from the sale of the single will go to the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund c/o Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri www.cfswmo.org (the same charity recently received donations from recording artist Sheryl Crow and actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie).
The music video for “Miracle Of The Human Spirit” includes archival film footage shot by FEMA within hours of the tornado; news coverage of the disaster provided by local ABC affiliate KODE-TV 12; along with archival photos from several local photographers. Intertwined into this document of the event, members of LiveWire are shown performing the song in the ruins of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin, near St. John’s Hospital in one the most-devastated areas of the city. They were joined on vocals by special guests, the College Heights Christian Church choir, under the direction of Lynn Conover. The video closes with a call to action for individuals to donate to help with the city’s rebuilding efforts.
The video for “Miracle Of The Human Spirit” will be supported by a national promotional campaign spearheaded by Craig Bann of AristoMedia. As a part of the promotion, The Country Network will debut the video on their “Breaking Out” program on 11/21 &22.
“Miracle Of The Human Spirit” was written by LiveWire rhythm guitarist, Danny Bell, who wrote the song as an outpouring of emotion in reaction to the devastating and deadly EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. The deadliest tornado to hit the U.S. since 1947, its winds were clocked at speeds of over 200 miles per hour which destroyed 8,000 homes and businesses and caused the deaths of 162 people.
ABOUT “MIRACLE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT”:
“Miracle Of The Human Spirit” was written by rhythm guitarist, Danny Bell, of the Joplin, MO-based band, LiveWire. Bell wrote the song as an outpouring of emotion in reaction to the devastating and deadly EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. From the moment it was completed, the song took on a life of its own. With a modest recording budget of only $350, the track began to take shape in a Springfield, MO, studio where LiveWire’s Adam Hagerman laid down the drum tracks.
Bell and the rest of the band, including lead vocalist, Andy Eutsler; lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, fiddle player Cory Shultz, and bassist Landon Rolfe added their parts in another studio across town. Word of the song spread, and soon it began an amazing and unique journey across the Internet when Producer Justin Woods emailed the basic tracks to Sherman Oaks, CA, where famed film director and musician, Martin Guigui (Dennis Quaid, Faye Dunaway), added strings, piano and organ. As the life-force of the song gained momentum, it weaved its way into top studios across the country as more talented individuals who were willing to help stepped forward to participate in this unique musical journey. Grammy® Award-winning engineer Vance Powell (Martina McBride), a native of Joplin, called with an offer to mix the recording at Blackbird Studios in Nashville.
Then, the tracks made a final trip back to the West Coast where the song was mastered in L.A. by Michael Hateley, whose clients have included Kid Rock, Madonna and Eric Clapton. Once it was finished, the members of LiveWire knew that they wanted “Miracle Of The Human Spirit” to be used for charitable good to help raise awareness to rebuild Joplin. “Miracle Of The Human Spirit” just as its title states, stands as a testament to the miracles that can be accomplished when groups of individuals work together towards a common goal.
After the recording of “Miracle Of The Human Spirit” was completed, LiveWire’s Nashville manager, Clif Doyal (originally from Southwest MO and a former resident of Joplin), hit on the idea to create a video to help raise the profile of Joplin back into the spotlight and to remind the world of the continuing need there. Within days, Doyal and the band, along with noted Nashville director/editor, Mark Nicolosi (who has worked with Tim McGraw, Lorrie Morgan, Brooks and Dunn and other top artists) were set up in the ruins of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin, located near St. John’s Hospital in one the most-devastated areas of the city.
There, LiveWire toiled under 103 degree temperatures for hours while shooting their scenes in the partially-demolished basement of the church. They were joined by special guests, the College Heights Christian Church choir, under the direction of Lynn Conover, to complete the filming. With the help of Joplin city official Patrick Tuttle, additional footage was secured for the video including film taken by FEMA within hours of the tornado, news coverage of the disaster provided by local ABC affiliate KODE-TV 12, along with archival photos from several local photographers.
The single and video for “Miracle Of The Human Spirit” will be released nationally by Way Out West Records Nashville on the six-month anniversary of the tragedy, Nov. 22, 2011. The song will be available at iTunes. All proceeds from the sale of the single will go to benefit the “Joplin Tornado First Response Fund” c/o Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri.
The video will be viewable at YouTube and supported by a national publicity and video promotion campaign.
“Miracle Of The Human Spirit” is dedicated to the memory of the lives that were lost in Joplin – and the survivors who carry on.
ABOUT The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri and the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund:
The Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri is committed to finding local solutions to local issues. Our goal is to build a permanent source of assets that will help provide income to meet the many needs identified in our communities.
As an affiliate of The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, we are a tax-exempt public charity that enables individual donors, families, businesses and organizations to establish charitable giving funds.
Representing Barton, Jasper, Newton, and McDonald counties, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations by building community endowments, establishing grants, providing leadership, and promoting collaboration on community issues.
In response to the May 22, 2011 tornado that devastated homes and businesses in Joplin, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri has established two funds:
1. Joplin Tornado First Response Fund will help residents, city, and businesses with immediate needs not covered by FEMA, SBA, or insurance.
2. Joplin Recovery Fund will help with long term rebuilding and infrastructure for economic development, schools, homeowners, charities, and businesses.
DONATIONS will be accepted by Community Foundation of the Ozarks on behalf of Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri.
Donations can be made online at: www.cfozarks.org/donate – please note “Joplin Recovery Fund” in the Fund/Program box. Checks can be mailed to: Joplin Recovery Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801
LiveWire features lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, lead singer/acoustic guitarist Andy Eutsler, drummer Adam Hagerman, fiddle player Cory Shultz, rhythm guitarist Danny Bell and bassist Landon Rolfe. Since forming in the mid-90s, LiveWire has forged a reputation as one of the top-draw live acts in the Midwest by regularly packing venues in their home state of Missouri and in the surrounding areas of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.
Along the way, their homegrown talent has taken them across America where they have opened for a “Who’s Who” of the music world, and experienced a brush with the “big time” as finalists in the 2009 Colgate Country Showdown, where they performed on the hallowed stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
LiveWire’s unique Ozark Mountain firebrand sound blends working man’s Country and rootsy Southern Rock, which is perfectly captured on their self-titled debut EP by co-producers Bart Pursley (Nashville engineer on projects by Gretchen Wilson & Big & Rich), LiveWire lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, and band sound tech, Justin Woods.
Edgy and passionate, their original songs are infused with the kind of lyrical honesty and expert musicianship that can only be forged through years of shared personal experiences and hardships. Themes of the common man resound – it’s music about real life: good times, hard times, poverty, love, loss, family, spirituality, death and redemption. Their current single “Tater Fed” is climbing both the U.S. and European charts and is supported with a video shot by noted Nashville director, Flick Wiltshire (Jason Sturgeon/Tracy Lawrence).