It is a real privilege to support young emerging voices and this past year has brought together so many wonderful people to support Flo Olavarria in launching her musical journey. Flo and I have been working together since 2015 and this recording has really been special. Watching her grow in confidence and in her deep determination to share her artistry with the world is such a pleasure to support.
Our team gathered in LA last year to record 7 songs for Flo. Mo Pleasure and I produced these recordings featuring Leland Sklar Bass (who has worked with Phil Collins, Carole King and James Taylor to name a few), Kara Grainger on guitar (solo artist), Donald Barrett on drums (Pink) and Mo Pleasure on piano and keys ( Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, Christine Aguilera, Earth Wind and Fire and Bette Midler) to name a few. It was a mighty gathering of musical spirits.
Boris Musechuk joined the USA team and produced an additional three songs in Nevada City (with Flo and myself) to contribute to the record. Six of these songs are co-written by Flo and I. Boris, Flo and I have co-written an additional three songs together which I am very excited for you to hear!
I have been mentoring young artists now for 15 years and have had many going on to pursue creative careers. For me, a few quotes that ring true:
“Music is Life and life is music. Creativity takes courage.”
– Henri Matisse
“I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy in life out of music.” – Albert Einstein