One of my Boston Conservatory students -- the very talented and entrepreneurial Tyler Paul -- was recently the associate producer on a benefit recording for the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Tyler tells me that he holds the cause of raising funds for and awareness about pancreatic cancer research very dear to his heart, as he lost his beloved great uncle to the disease early last year.
The recording is called Heart and Music, and it boasts performances from quite a few of my BoCo students, including Marissa Miller, Sarah Drake, Ben Simpson, Niki Sawyer, and Mr. Tyler Paul himself. The recording features a number of popular, contemporary theater songs, such as "In Whatever Time We Have" from Children of Eden, "A New World" from Songs for a New World, and the title song, "Heart and Music" from A New Brain. The recording also includes some pop standards, such as "Let it Be" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." All of the proceeds go directly to the Hirshberg Foundation.
Heart and Music is available now on iTunes; in fact, it's currently ranked as the #10 vocal album, right between Josh Groban and Norah Jones. As Tyler said to me in an email, "Not too shabby, huh?"
No, my friend, not too shabby at all.