Los Angeles, CA, January 20, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- MsMusic Productions is proud to announce the latest release of Stephen Kalinich and Friends' 'California Feeling 2,' the follow-up to the acclaimed 2011 album 'California Feeling.'
The CD was produced by three-time Grammy Award winner Mark Linett and executive produced by Carol Schofield for MsMusic Productions.
'California Feeling 2' is a collection of new recordings once again dedicated to Stephen Kalinich's career-spanning prose.
The album 'California Feeling 2' includes performances by such legends as David Marks of The Beach Boys, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Steve Cropper of Booker T. & the M.G.'s and Stax / Volt fame, singer-songwriter P.F. Sloan ('Eve of Destruction,' 'Secret Agent Man'), Grammy Award winner and Beach Boys archivist Alan Boyd, Neil Innes of Monty Python and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, actor Stacy Keach, along with Stephen Kalinich, Carl B. Wilson, Jon Tiven, Ellis Hooks, Rob Bonfiglio, and others.
Stephen John Kalinich is a poet of grace and peace. He has enjoyed a rare association with The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson. His work with the group made its debut on their 'Friends' album in 1968 ('Little Bird' and 'Be Still'). Those songs marked the beginning of a spiritual linkage and embodiment with The Beach Boys that endures to this day.
Kalinich has invited us once again to his audio land of Southern California-birthed regional observations and soul reports. He has selected the messengers, narrators and interpreters from his vast stock company of recording artists, singers, actors, poets, producers and musicians. 'California Feeling 2' is also a journey into Kalinich's world and a path of the spiritual, melodic and the lyrical.
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Stephen Kalinich's thoughts on the new album:
"The first 'California Feeling' was a chance to have some of my songs on one record with different artists," explains Kalinich. "And it opened up the possibility for future editions. The first volume was suggested by producer Mark Linett to Carol Schofield of MsMusic Productions. Executives like Carol are very rare in the record business. She was concerned with the content of an idea as opposed to just whatever would sell. And...it was a success."
"This venture is aided by the fact that I had five songs co-written with Dennis and Brian Wilson on the 2013 Beach Boys box set 'Made in California' including 'My Love Lives On' along with two versions of 'Little Bird' and two versions of 'California Feeling,' chosen by the fans in a video contest of unknown filmmakers with Tongal and Capitol Records. Also, during 2013, the musical group California Saga (which features The Beach Boys' children) opened for several of The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary tour stops, and sang 'Little Bird' on stage. In addition, Brian Wilson featured it nightly in his own solo tour repertoire, sung by band member David Marks."
"The album ('California Feeling 2') does link my three staff songwriting positions: Brother Records / The Beach Boys, Jobete Music - the publishing division of Motown Records, and a stint at ALMO Music."
'Volume One' is recognized by The Recording Academy
Because of Al Gomes of Big Noise's efforts, the first collection, 'California Feeling' was placed on the Official Ballot for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy in the following categories : Best Pop Vocal Album for the entire CD, Record of the Year for Stacy Keach and Sarah Al-Mulla ('The Magic Hand'), and Best Pop Duo / Group Performance for Rachel & The Reindeerz ('Child of Winter,' which includes the first-ever appearance on the Grammy ballot by Brian Wilson's grandchildren Lola & Luci Bonfiglio, and Leo, Beau, Jesse & Willem Knutson).
Big Noise has worked with The Beach Boys, their production teams, and their associated camps (including MsMusic Productions) since 2007.
Press release written and edited by Al Gomes
Interview quotes and project notes written by Harvey Kubernik