Supporting the War Child charity, this concept album by Amsterdam-born Stephen Emmer (whose past work has been produced by Tony Visconti and included cameos from Lou Reed and Midge Ure) takes its inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ to articulate a narrative about the human cost of conflict, prejudice and division.Home Ground Album
With Home Ground, producer Stephen Emmer has collaborated with a diverse group of vocalists to create a record that is theatrical to its core. However, if you are looking to connect the music on Home Ground to a musical, you might not have a lot of luck. This record is not a soundtrack to a film, nor are these tunes a part of some major Broadway production. One way to view Home Ground is as a soundtrack for the play unfolding before us daily on television, laptop, smart phone and tablet screens as well on in newspapers.
Last June, Dutch composer, arranger and producer Stephen Emmer dropped his album Home Ground. The collection amassed contributions from a who's who of soul singers, including Andy Bey, the late and great Leon Ware, Patti Austin, Ursula Rucker, Kendra Foster and so many more. As you can imagine, the set is an unforgettable listen. One of the album's standout tracks, the Chaka Khan-featuring "Under Your Spell," has received the remix treatment and SoulBounce is more than happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of the reimagined versions of the song.Stephen called on four superbly talented remixers — Tieks, Dani Hageman, Auro and Moods — to put their own spin on the soulful track, which was co-written by him and Chaka.
Isn’t music grand? No other medium incorporates sounds, styles and voices like music. Thankfully, Stephen Emmer and his Home Ground crew are here to satiate our needs. The new project combines the eloquence of contemporary orchestral soul with socially conscious lyrics.
Enter: Home Ground.
Home Ground Album Trailer