THE STORY BEHIND THE PROJECT...
I was born in Yokohama, Japan to my Japanese mother and American father, so Japan, the Japanese people, language and culture were my first impressions of the world. The taste of Japanese food, the sights, smells and sounds of that environment and even the touch of my grandmothers' hand, are deeply infused in my being even though America is where I've spent most of my life and is without question my home.
After the terrible 9.0 earthquake, the tsunami, and consequent nuclear disaster in Japan on March 11, 2011, I've come to understand the meaning of the term "blood is thicker than water" more than ever before. These events touched me in a way that I never quite expected. Suddenly it was the realization that it was my family, "my people", the land of my ancestors, the land where I was born, that was plagued with tragedy now. I was overcome with sadness and concern and felt that I must do something, no matter how small the effort, to help.
The reality of pulling a project like this together was more than I ever expected and it took twice as long as I wanted. The process taught me great lessons, the details of which I won't bore you with, and were an education onto themselves on production, the business of music and philanthropic work. As I said in an interview recently, "I have a new found respect for telemarketers". What I meant, is that the work and dedication it takes to do non-profit charity work, no matter what the cause, takes incredible sustained dedication and a deep belief that the cause is worth the effort, especially in this troubled world and a tough economic climate. That said, this project was worth every minute.
I'm honored to be a part of such a special group of unique and talented Japanese-American artists, that have come together for this unprecedented presentation. I am also so proud that everyone involved; artists, record labels, publishers, and friends who contributed their talents to the project, did so with generosity of heart and humanitarian consciousness.
Please join us in our efforts to help those in Japan that are still very much in need of assistance from the effects of the terrible tragedies of March 11th, 2011, and who will be recovering and rebuilding their lives for years to come.
Through music we can help to heal Japan.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. We are still trying to raise money for those that are still trying to recover from this horrific event. Please download the CD or get in touch with us to order a hard copy. All the money goes to Global Givings Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
Photos: Two years after Japan earthquake, tsunami. CNN