The Bay Area Jazz Society Presents, “Higher Power” a song and video from the “Park Place” Band CD entitled “STEPS”, featuring American Idol finalist Donnie Williams.
Some have called Higher Power the national anthem of recovery. In 2009 Higher Power was named the inspirational song and video of the year by a national contest sponsored by Tyler Perry, B.E.T, Lions Gate Films and Pastor Marvin Winan’s. Pastor Winan’s proclaimed that HIGHER POWER “was the winner by far!”. The video was produced by BAJAZS founder/drummer Paul Tillman Smith and longtime Prince sideman guitarist Levi Seacer jr.
One hundred percent of sales from the Park Place “STEPS” CD, minus publishing and productions royalties, will go into a special non-profit BAJAZS 501-c-3 fund to help musicians and artists who are in recovery from afflictions of all types especially those musicians that are over fifty.
Our mission is to provides a helping hand to lifelong professional musicians who have dedicated their lives to making people happy through music yet who have no retirement or pension for their later years and who need help with housing, food and health care, especially if they are unable to maintain an active work schedule.
The Park Place “STEPS” CD features former American Idol vocalist Donnie Williams and his sister Terrell “Tootie” Williams. Also performing are special guests Denise Stewart, formerly lead vocalist with Norman Connors, Robert Flack’s lead vocalist Derick Hughes and the beautiful & talented Talita Long, who is the mother of actress Nia Long. The “STEPS” CD is currently available on line at CDBaby, Itunes, Amazon and in select stores.
The CD also features some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. Along with musician, writer and record producer Paul Tillman Smith (current director of BAJAZS) are co-producer Nelson, the bassist for the Braxton Brothers and currently on the road with Michael Bolton, Eric Daniels, currently pianist for the “Voice” plus formerly musical director for Mariah Carey, Lauren Hill’s pianist Kev Choice, Tony Toni Tone’s saxophonist Vincent Lars, Chuck Mangione’s Guitarist Carl Lockett and former Ledisi pianist Sundra Manning. Other performers are keyboardist Jay Logan, Guitarists, Erroll Cooney, Cedrick Dennis and Charles Spikes and Bassist Troy Lampkin.