'RIGHT WHERE I AM' UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2020
In 2017, Gino Vannelli and I began discussing production and material for my next album. I initially approached Gino about recording and producing only my vocals for my next record of original music, which I planned to record in Atlanta and then fly out to Oregon for Gino to produce my vocals in his studio. He explained that he could do this but that it was not optimal, and he preferred to have full control over the production of all the music from start to finish. He explained further why this was necessary to get the best vocal performance possible. After analyzing our schedules and the other essential aspects of a recording project, I quickly realized that this would be a very long and expensive project. Taking this into consideration, I came up with a second option. I was eager to work with Gino on a recording project going further than what he and I had done together in the several masterclasses I had taken from him. To keep it simple, I asked if we could do a short EP or ten-song album of just vocal, guitar, piano, and percussion, and we could do everything in his studio. He thought about it for a minute, and then he made me an offer.
He told me that he had been wanting to rearrange and re-record some of his old and classic songs for a very long time but could never find the time to do it. Gino said that he would get just as much creative satisfaction if we worked on this together, and he produced me singing the lead vocal and that he would record all the music. This proposition was beyond a dream within a dream come true for me, so I immediately said yes.
In moving forward, there was financial backing to find and a host of other stars to line up for both of us to begin recording, which eventually would not occur until April of 2020. Initially, Gino had slated April and May of 2020 to record, mix and master the album. Looking back now, I do not believe that it would have been possible to get everything completed in two months. But in an odd turn of events, the cards fell in our favor.
COVID-19 was just becoming a problem at that time, so we could not be in the studio together to record. On top of that, both of our performing schedules were canceled indefinitely due to COVID 19 and social distancing. We had already slated the time to record, so we bit the bullet and drove out to Oregon, where we would stay for a little over two months recording in separate locations. Gino would record the music in his studio while I would record the vocal parts in a small home studio we had set up at Brickhaven in Korbet, Oregon. After we returned home in June, I continued to work on my demo vocal parts in my home studio and send them to Gino via e-mail for his critique. All of this time away from performing and being heavily socially distanced allowed Gino to become more elaborate and involved in the project than he initially had time for. While this made the project go past our initial deadline, it was a Godsend for us and so far has made an album more beautiful than we both initially dreamed it could be.
So it is now November 2020, and we are getting ready to head back out to Oregon to perfect upon the vocal demos I have already recorded. It has been a long year, and I feel a bit worn, as does Gino, but we will see if there is still some magic left in us. Stay tuned and wish us well.
We cordially invite you to a Be A Miracle virtual event introducing and benefitting Mullen's Miracles. Mullen's Miracles is a 501(C) (3) Nonprofit Organization providing individualized options, respective support systems, and support provisions to those on the edge, those assisting others in crisis, and for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Join our host, Eryn Eddy as she introduces you to Kathy Mullen, founder of Mullen's Miracles. Mullen's Miracles will fill a gap that Kathy and Eric experienced when seeking help during a critical time - a lack of individualized available resources that they desperately needed quickly. Kathy works to ensure fewer families and friends have to face a life shattered by the impact of suicide and committed to changing the stigma associated with mental illness.
Please join us on October 2, 2020, for this very special virtual event and learn what you can do to help this very worthy and needed cause.
The event is free and will be streaming on the following websites
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - United States EST
Loving Arms invites you to relax and enjoy an evening of songs and survivor stories on Facebook Live performed by Jeff Pike
September 19 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Tune it at - www.facebook.com/therealjeffpike
(All proceeds go to Loving Arms Cancer Outreach)
Loving Arms Cancer Outreach provides assistance to cancer patients including grocery cards, gas cards, medication assistance, utility assistance, wigs, hats, scarves and support groups. This assistance is entirely free to cancer patients and often helps bridge the family financial gap created by cancer-related costs.
To donate go to: www.lovingarms.support/donate
For more information about Loving Arms Cancer Outreach call 770-590-5153.
Check out my new single, "Rainbow Connection".
"Rainbow Connection has been very close to my heart since I first heard it many years ago, back in May of 1979. Oddly enough, I have only performed it a handful of times throughout my career. In 2020 I decided to change that, for I felt the world was in dire need of a rainbow. I hope that you enjoy my heartfelt rendition of this timeless classic." - Jeff
NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD IN THE OFFICIAL JEFF PIKE STORE!
Mullen's Miracles featured in Marietta Talks - Read full article HERE
Kathy Mullen never thought suicide would affect her family. After the death of her only child, Mullen made it her mission that other families would not endure the same pain. She recently founded the non-profit Mullen’s Miracles.
Mullen’s Miracles nourishes the needs of those in crisis. “Our mission is to Provide Individualized Options, Respective Support Systems and Support Provisions to those on the edge, those assisting others in crisis and for those that have lost a loved one to suicide,” said Mullen, an Alpharetta resident.
Mullen’s Miracles foundation announces the activation of its second stage to nourish the needs of those in crisis
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE - See Complete Online Press Release HERE.
ATLANTA, Ga., Aug. 4, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mullen’s Miracles announced today the activation of its second stage as a newly established non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing the needs of those in crisis. Mullen’s Miracles is providing individualized options, respective support systems, and support provisions to those on the edge, to those assisting others in crisis and to those that have lost a loved one to suicide.
July 27, 2020
Lyrics - Rosalind Winton
Music - Robert Benson
Jeff is proud to release his new single, 'Hug Inside and Envelope.' This beautiful love song has a strong message of hope and reconciliation to which everyone can relate.
Jeff recently said this about his new single," I do not think 'Hug Inside An Envelope' could have come a better time. The world we are living in now is one where communication has broken down. We might not fix the world as a whole at once, but it may be possible to mend fences and start new with someone in your life who you may be having problems. Take it one heart at a time."
You can download 'Hug Inside An Envelope' here.
You can also stream it on your favorite streaming services by going to: https://jeffpike.hearnow.com
I just completed a North American Tour with Abba Mania. Abba Mania is the Official Tribute Band from London's West End! The tour was a smashing success and finished right before COVID-19 started ramping up. I am very grateful for the successful tour and so glad that I made it home safely!
Jeff Pike was recently featured on the Paul Leslie Hour (Episode #266). Click here to access the archive or click below to hear the interview.
Jeff Pike and A1A were a huge part of the Parrot Head Phenomenon from the very beginning. Check us out along with a little bit of our early story in the "rst ever o#cial documentary about Parrot Heads.
One of the most loyal and dedicated fan bases in music history are the fans of Jimmy Bu!ett, a!ectionately known as the Parrot Heads . The legendary history of how this amazing sub- culture came to be will now be told in the original 90-minute documentary Parrot Heads.
Directed by Bryce Wagoner, the "lm chronicles the birth of the movement when a young musician named Scott Nickerson, a big fan of Bu!ett s music, decided to put an ad in a local paper to corral any Bu!ett fans in the Atlanta area for a get together. What began as a small group of friends that would hang out on weekends has now grown into a worldwide organization known as Parrot Heads In Paradise, which promotes the message party with a purpose and has raised more than 40 million dollars in charity donations.
Traversing the globe from Key West to Paris, Costa Rica to California, the international phenomenon is greater than ever and has even sparked its own genre of music, Trop Rock (short for Tropical Rock). Featuring never before seen interviews with Jimmy Buffett himself.