For the first time in music history,
and as a message of American unity designed to coincide with the
one-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a single song
is being released simultaneously in 50 different versions, one version
apiece by an artist representing each U.S. state, including
Dusk Wilson-Weaver representing Georgia.
“We wanted this project to
reflect the vast diversity of the people across this country, and to be
a message from Americans … to Americans,” said Christopher Moon, author
of “The Colors Project” and a writer/producer with more than 10 million
record sales to date.
The song, titled “Colors,”
has been arranged, produced, and recorded in different versions by one
artist representing each of our fifty states. This multi-artist project
has resulted in fifty diverse musical and vocal interpretations of the
same lyrics with bands and music styles ranging from Rock, Country, Pop,
Folk, and Jazz to Spanish and
other ethnic versions.
The chorus of the song
"Our colors are many,
They add up to one
These colors might bleed
But these colors won’t run.”
Moon states, “No one has
ever undertaken a project of this type before, due to its complexity.
Only the enormous commitment of each artist involved, and his or her
passion for this country, has made this project possible. Additionally,
every participating artist donated his or her own talent, time, and
studio expenses. This was truly a project … by the people … for the
Thousands of recording artists
across the country were auditioned on the Internet over the course of
months by Moon, and only ONE artist was
selected to represent EACH state. “The Colors
Project” selected Dusk Wilson-Weaver to represent Georgia. The
version of the song with music written and performed by Dusk is part of
a 3-CD Collection of “Colors”.
Dusk's version is available for $2 from the CDs &
Book Store page.
No artist was given
kind of music or musical arrangement. All that each received was one
identical set of lyrics. They were asked to interpret the lyrics in any
way they wished, to produce their own recording, and to submit one
version of the finished song. Each artist had approximately 30 days to
complete that production, from writing to final recording.
“Over the last month,”
says Moon, “versions of ‘Colors’ on CD have been arriving almost daily.
Unwrapping and listening to each was like opening Christmas presents
intended for a country.” The diversity of creative expression has far
exceeded the producer’s expectations.
During the month of August
of this year, fifty artists across the country simultaneously wrote and
recorded a single message for America … a musical first. But why did so
many artists volunteer their talents, time, and expenses to produce a
song also performed by so many others? In speaking with the contributing
artists, it became clear that there was a very strong desire to
collectively and nationally express the message of unity and racial
harmony contained in “Colors.”
“I think perhaps there is
a greater level of acceptance of different kinds of people in America
than we have previously thought. Given the passion of the artists
nationwide that hold such beliefs, our future as a nation looks brighter
to me since completing this project,” says Moon.
Songwriter and “Colors”
creator Christopher Moon is a multi-talented maverick. He is credited
with discovering the artist named “Prince” at age 16, and he wrote the
young artist’s first hit song in 1978 (“Soft & Wet” - WBS 8619). Moon’s
credits also include a song on the 1990 MC Hammer Capitol Records album
that sold more than 10 million copies. Mr. Moon also directs his own
corporate marketing company whose clients include many top Fortune 500
businesses. Additionally, he co-founded MIA Hunters (www.miahunters.com)
with his father, Bryan Moon, and he serves as an active explorer for
this dynamic organization whose discoveries over the last ten years have
revealed the locations of 32 American, German and Japanese service
personnel formerly listed as Missing In Action. Moon currently lives
with his wife and children in Shakopee, Minnesota.