Larry Pegg's debut album
TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - In support of Canadian Mental Health Week (May 6-12, 2013), Canada's Larry Pegg is pre-releasing five emotionally charged songs as part of his album
"Before and Afterlife: The Theory of Positivity", an album that is
raising funds and awareness for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
"Following the death of my beautiful and vibrant daughter who died by
suicide in December 2007, music has become much bigger part of my life
than I ever expected. It is the glue that holds me together, a big part
of my ongoing therapy, in this aftermath of grief and depression."
The soon-to-be released album Before and Afterlife: The Theory of Positivity is a collection of music representing work that goes back to 1997,
before Pegg's loss, and after. The songs cover a range of emotions,
from love to loss, from joy to hope, from landscapes in our minds to
the deepest oceans in our hearts.
"I always try and bring a positive groove to my work, as do the
wonderful players who have helped me create this album. They are all
amazing artists (from Canada and the USA). They all bring the groove,"
The full album features twelve songs and is scheduled for release on World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10th, 2013). Five (5) Singles, including "The One You Love",
"Weight", "Lookin' for the One", "Afterlife" and "Ogdensburg" are being
released for Canadian Mental Health Week. All the proceeds from Radio Play and Downloads (Tracked Globally and
regionally) for this full week are going to support the cause.
THE CAUSE: Larry Pegg has devoted this soon-to-be released album to raising
awareness and funds for the cause of Mental Health and Suicide
Prevention. He is donating 100 percent of all proceeds from downloads
of the song Weight and 50 percent of any full album download proceeds
to support the cause. 100 percent of proceeds are being donated during
specific events such as Canadian Mental Health Week and World Suicide
Entering Canada's Mental Health Week (May 6-12), Pegg hopes to engage
Canadians in support of his music and to learn more about the issue and
the cause. With a pre-release of selected songs, he's approaching radio
stations across Canada to air the music and for supporters to download
it during Canada's Mental Health Week. He will donate all of the radio
royalties and download revenues for all of the music during this week
of building awareness. Pegg is asking that we all try our best to
spread the message of patience and strength, not only to those that are
in crisis, but also to ourselves.
"We can all learn more about how to recognize the signs of emotional
crisis and to help those that are suffering to step out from the
darkness. If you're feeling the weight of suffering, my message is
"Please wait!" Consider the crushing burden that your survivors will
carry forever if you don't. You are needed. You are loved. Please Wait.
Reach Out!" says Pegg.
About The Album
The "search for hope" and "rising from the ashes" are poignant themes in
our human struggle and they are often reflected in the art that
connects us. Larry Pegg's musical offering is a symbol of this pursuit,
literally crossing over into the largely uncharted domain of a suicide
survivor. He takes listeners into unimaginable and foreign territory —
a journey of trying to live life after losing a child to suicide.
This album may be the first to connect us to the devastating anguish of
loss and the reality of living as a suicide survivor. Pegg's stories
are sculpted in songs that emerge from the darkness in music that
brings us closer together. Collectively they carry and send an
uplifting message, one of determination, and to keep constant vigil in
the struggle to make peace, and to find hope and meaning.
Pegg's material draws on a repertoire created over the last two decades
— work that includes the happier times before, and the darker ones that
came after losing his cherished daughter in December 2007. His songs
are infused with driving rhythms, hooks and melodies that ring out from
his acoustic guitar, conveying moving and powerful emotions. His
supporting artists bring it all together, skillfully matching the
energy and intent.
His song Weight — written while attending the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention's National Conference in October, 2012 — became the catalyst for moving
forward with the album. On the same day it was written, Weight was
entered into the CBC's Lynn Miles Song Writing Competition where it was
judged in the top five. Weight is now completed and features a guest
appearance by Lynn Miles, providing her vocal touch in a gracious
gesture of support for the project. As an ongoing commitment, Pegg is
donating 100% of the all proceeds for Weight to this cause.
The amazing artists on Pegg's album are Ross Murray (drums), Stuart
Watkins and Patrick Giunta (bass), Fred Guignon (guitars), Jeff Rogers
(keyboards and background vocals), and include guest appearances by the
amazing Lynn Miles (background vocals) and the very smooth saxophone of New Orleans-based Aaron Fletcher. Fletcher has played with Stevie Wonder. Watkins with David Foster.
Additional performances and support and encouragement came from my very
special musical friends: James Clugston (drums and background vocals),
Lynda Collins and Marion Xhignesse (background vocals), and Edmund
Eagan (continuum operator).
"In making this album, I'm so humbled by these outstanding Canadian
musicians, in particular my very close friends James Clugston and
Marion Xhignesse, both of whom knew my daughter and saw her light.
Together we've created something that is very rare, an epic soundscape
that pays tribute to the very serious subject matter, to Canada and to
people that are suffering loss. This feeds back to the artists
themselves. We shared moments of hard work and collaboration, of joy,
compassion, tears and pain. I am indebted to each of them, amazing
friends and artists for helping me create this tribute to those that
suffer and to those we've lost."
Image with caption: "In support of Canadian Mental Health Week (May 6-12, 2013), Canada's Larry Pegg is pre-releasing five emotionally charged songs as part of his album "Before and Afterlife: The Theory of Positivity". (CNW Group/Larry Pegg)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130506_C3708_PHOTO_EN_26353.jpg
SOURCE: Larry Pegg
For further information:
Larry Pegg Tel: 613-769-8869