Change Is Now: Renewing America’s Promise

About This Album

Press Release – January 12, 2009


THE 2009 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION COMMITTEE ANOUNCES THE EXCLUSIVE OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION COLLECTION COMMEMORATIVE CD-DVD SET PRODUCED BY HIDDEN BEACH RECORDINGS

“CHANGE IS NOW: RENEWING AMERICA’S PROMISE”

FEATURING EIGHT OF PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA’S HISTORIC SPEECHES FROM HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ONE DVD COLLECTION

ALSO INCLUDES NEW COMMEMORATIVE SONGS BY STEVIE WONDER, WILL.I.AM, MAROON 5, LENNY KRAVITZ, BEBE WINANS AND TONY RICH ALONG WITH MUSIC FROM TOP ARTISTS INCLUDING SHERYL CROW, JAMES TAYLOR, MELISSA ETHRIDGE, LIONEL RICHIE, USHER, WILCO, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, OZOMATLI, COMMON AND MORE

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has joined forces with Hidden Beach Recordings to release CHANGE IS NOW: RENEWING AMERICA’S PROMISE—the exclusive official presidential inauguration collection commemorative CD-DVD set. The official inauguration collection celebrates Senator Barack Obama’s historic election by including eight of his landmark campaign speeches together for the first time ever on one DVD and an impressive CD with inspired music from America’s top recording artists.

Included in the over three hours of speeches from the President-elect are his “Announcement for President” made on February 10, 2007 in Springfield, IL; his profound speech on race relations “A More Perfect Union” delivered March 18, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA; “A World That Stands As One”–his unifying call to the international community given in Berlin, Germany on July 24, 2008 in front of over 200,000 people; his electrifying acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention “The American Promise”; and his “Election Night Victory Speech” made at Grant Park in Chicago, IL on November 4, 2008.

The 18-song CD builds on Hidden Beach’s recent release YES WE CAN: VOICES OF A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT which was inspired by the grassroots movement created by Senator Barack Obama’s historic presidential run. Both collections reflect America’s diversity by tapping into the creative community’s overwhelming response to the campaign’s–and now new administration’s–universal themes of hope, unity and change. The set includes music from the recording industry’s most respected, talented and accomplished artists hailing from all music forms and backgrounds, including a number of Grammy-winning and platinum-selling artists. Adding to the powerful message of the music, the songs on the album are also intercut with excerpts from President-elect Obama’s most memorable speeches which have inspired millions around the world.

The CD features new original songs from Stevie Wonder–a key voice in our history whose classic songs have galvanized social consciousness–Will.I.Am, Maroon 5, Lenny Kravitz, Bebe Winans and The Tony Rich Project as well as a new David Foster string mix of “Eternity” from Lionel Richie. The album also includes a track written for this occasion by Robin Thicke as well as the stirring rendition of “The National Anthem” sung by Jennifer Hudson at the Democratic National Convention. The CD also features inspired tracks from Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Melissa Etheridge, Usher, India.Arie, Ozomatli, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie and Common.

“The songs featured on this unique collection have captured the energy and enthusiasm that all Americans will be celebrating on January 20th,” said PIC spokesperson Brent Colburn. “The eighteen artists on this album truly represent how our differences can come together to celebrate our common purpose. We are grateful for their creativity and their musical contributions.”

Hidden Beach Records President Steve McKeever adds, “It has been well-established that President-elect Barack Obama is a great communicator. The speeches we selected for inclusion in this package underscore and preserve some of the finest examples of this fact in one historic document which anyone who followed the campaign will cherish. Great communication is also the theme and focus of the artist selection for inclusion. With the majority of material on the CD written for this purpose, we have tapped into the enormous well spring of passion regarding this moment in history. We are thankful to Meaghan Burdick and the hard-working folks at the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the many music industry professionals who helped pull this package off in a record amount of time.”

CHANGE IS NOW: RENEWING AMERICA’S PROMISE
will be available at the official inaugural events in Washington, DC around President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s historic swearing in on Tuesday, January 20, as well as on the PIC’s website at www.pic2009.org. The commemorative CD-DVD set will also be available from Hidden Beach’s website at www.hiddenbeach.com and Time Life at 1-800-TIMELIFE or www.timelife.com before being released in stores nationwide later this year.

A portion of the proceeds from the commemorative set will benefit the Presidential Inaugural Committee which–like the Obama campaign–is not accepting donations from corporations. The PIC, at the direction of President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, will organize an inclusive and accessible inauguration that reflects the new Administration’s commitment to leadership that sets aside partisanship and unites the nation around shared values and ideals.

Samples of the material and additional background on CHANGE IS NOW: RENEWING AMERICA’S PROMISE can be found on the Presidential Inaugural Website: www.pic2009.org and at on Hidden Beach’s website: www.hiddenbeach.com.

Look for additional information regarding Hidden Beach Recordings’ participation in several inaugural events coming soon.

Pre-Order The Album at Hidden Beach’s Shop
http://shop.hiddenbeach.com/index.php?target=products&product_id=30488

FULL ALBUM TRACK LIST:
**”It’s A New Day” will.i.am
“The Dream Is Real” The Tony Rich Project
**”All About The Love Again” Stevie Wonder
“Cant Stop” Ozomatli
“Peace Be Upon Us” Sheryl Crow
“There’s Hope” India.Arie
**”God Is In The People” Melissa Etheridge
“Change” Lenny Kravitz
“Dreamworld” Robin Thicke
**”Pure Imagination (2009 version)” Maroon 5
**”Hush” Usher
“Born For This” BeBe Winans
“What Light” Wilco
“Shed A Little Light” James Taylor
“The Star Spangled Banner” Jennifer Hudson

Bonus Tracks:

** “Eternity  (David Foster Live Strings Mix)” Lionel Richie
“Grapevine Fires” Death Cab For Cutie
“Changes” Common
**Denotes Inclusion Of Excerpts From Barack Obama Speeches

DVD TRACK LIST:

BARACK OBAMA SPEECHES

“Announcement for President” February 10, 2007 – Springfield, IL
“Iowa Jefferson Jackson Dinner” November 10, 2007 – Des Moines, IA
“Iowa Caucus Victory Speech” January 3, 2008 – Des Moines, IA
“New Hampshire Primary Speech” January 8, 2008 – Nashua, NH
“A More Perfect Union” March 18, 2008 – Philadelphia, PA
“A World That Stands As One” July 24, 2008 – Berlin, Germany
“The American Promise” August 28, 2008 – Denver, CO
“Election Night Victory Speech” November 4, 2008 – Chicago, IL

For the latest information on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, please visit: www.pic2009.org.

Pre-Order The Album at Hidden Beach’s Shop
http://shop.hiddenbeach.com/index.php?target=products&product_id=30488

About Hidden Beach
Founded by music veteran Steve McKeever, Hidden Beach Recordings is an independent record label based in Santa Monica, CA. that is focused on “Real Music” and “Real Artists” with “something to say.” Along with introducing multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning music sensation Jill Scott and saxophonist Mike Phillips, Hidden Beach is also home to Grammy Award-winning producer/artist/songwriter Tony Rich, author/intellectual/spoken word artist Dr. Cornel West, husband and wife-led group Kindred the Family Soul, the acclaimed Unwrapped series and the recently released landmark Obama campaign CD Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement.

Hidden Beach Recordings is distributed worldwide by Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), a division of Universal Music Group. Visit www.hiddenbeach.com for more information on Hidden Beach Recordings.
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www.pic2009.org
www.hiddenbeach.com
www.timelife.com

Link to pre-order on Hidden Beach’s shop:

http://shop.hiddenbeach.com/index.php?target=products&product_id=30488

Link to the page on Hidden Beach.com
http://www.hiddenbeach.com/changeisnow

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http://www.hiddenbeachfamily.com/profile/ChangeIsNow