This song collection is dedicated to all the Presidents of the United States of America. Especially to President Abraham Lincoln – thank you for looking over my shoulder as I sing in love of my country and being the inspiration for “Lift Every Voice And Sing.” (Originally written in 1900 to celebrate your birthday).
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, everyone and anyone from back in the day that believed in peace, non-violence and sought to include (not exclude) each and every American – that’s what Dr. King preached all of his days.
To my wife Joyce, my sisters and brothers and their children and grandchildren and great grandchildren – who are generations of nieces and nephews, my children, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren and all my friends who have been so supportive of my doing this project.
To all of the amazing huge-of-heart spirit, courage and soul – the Wounded Warriors I have had the life-changing opportunity to spend time with in Chicago.
I will never ever forget any of you and I love you all dearly and deeply.
Most of all to my fellow Americans, I pray this work opens eyes, minds and hearts using song and the voice I’ve been blessed with, as a way to help heal our political divides and unite us as proud Americans – who love our country. Let’s roll up our sleeves and strive together to make America even better and greater than it already is each and every day.
To Rudy Perez, the most amazing, talented producer, arranger and co-writer a guy could ever hope to be able to work with (as well as Betsy, Andreas, David, Melody and Harmony). I am truly blessed!