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Carlos Simon


Decca Classics
Release Date: September 8, 2023

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1 Prayer (Gather Up).  
2 Love Is Stronger Than Pride  
3 Amazing Grace  
4 Near the Cross  
5 Loop  
6 Memory of Summer  
7 Warmth from Other Suns Settle  
8 Angels in Heaven  
9 Traveling Song  
10 Between Worlds  
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GRAMMY-nominated composer Carlos Simon will release his new album Together on September 8 globally via Decca Classics. The 10-track project collates and celebrates the multifaceted layers of Simon’s personality, upbringing, and musical understanding, with a creative process that strikes the balance of original compositions, improvisations, and carefully crafted arrangements. In addition to performing on a number of tracks, Simon has enlisted violinist and fellow Decca recording artist Randall Goosby, 2 x GRAMMY Award-winning mezzo J’Nai Bridges (“the ‘Beyoncé of opera” - BET), acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning baritone Will Liverman and GRAMMY-nominated rising star cellist Seth Parker Woods. The album also features contributions from the Carlos Simon Collective, a group that Simon founded and conducted. Made up of Chicago’s best freelance artists, the collective is headed up by fellow GRAMMY-nominated, acclaimed composer, violinist, educator and friend Jessie Montgomery.

Arriving today is the brand new single Near the Cross featuring J’Nai Bridges. A hymn originally written by Fanny Crosby in 1869,xi is Simon’s favorite piece on the album. Growing up, Simon spent many Sundays performing the song on piano at the church in Atlanta where his father was a pastor.

Simon on the album: Together is a record that is truly representative of my musical life right now, one of collaboration, improvisation and pure music-making. Many know me as a composer, and during this recording process, it became so clear to me how special it was to be a performer, a conductor and a vessel of my compositions and arrangements alongside my peers. Some of the tracks are interpretations of my favorite works – particularly Near the Cross – and other tracks are simply my takes on favorites from my closest family and friends. Working on this album with the team in Chicago, as well as in New York, has been the truest labor and demonstration of togetherness – something I hope motivates and encourages.”

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