We Did It!
It’s difficult to put into words how grateful I am. I am absolutely overwhelmed and overjoyed with all the love and support you have shown this album and our hard work paid off! Thank you to everyone involved - The London Symphony Orchestra, Abbey Road Studios, Starr Parodi, Jeff Fair, and all the incredible musicians that have contributed to this project, to my family, and my wife Melissa who stood by me through everything. (Watch Video)
Best Classical Compendium Album
"An Adoption Story"
Featuring the London Symphony
And Starr Parodi (Piano)
One Journey. Three Glorious Miracles.
Welcome to my FYC! This album is a musical interpretation of my journey as someone who lost my parents, entered the foster care system, and was separated from my sister. These circumstances eventually led to me being adopted by two wonderful parents. The story comes full circle as I reunite with my sister 30 years later, who was living within 1 mile of me for 15 years. Through life's serendipity, my wife and I had the opportunity to adopt three siblings to help them avoid the trauma of being separated.
Featured Orchestra: LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Producers Featured Artists
Jeff Fair Starr Parodi - Featured Piano (Album)
Starr Parodi Wenlan Jackson - Feat Violin Solo (The Storm)
Kitt Wakeley Isolde Fair - Feat. Violin Solo (Sacred, St Christopher's Journey,
Wouter Kellerman - Featured Flute (Sacred, Reprise) Tess Remy-Schumacher - Featured Cello Solo (Asa)
Helena Buscema - Vocal Solo - (St. Christopher's Journey)
MB Gordy - Featured Percussion
Lili Haydn - Violin Solo (Sacred)
Wayne Bergeron - Trumpet Solo (No Apologies)
Vahagn Stepanyan - Additional Keys and Engineering
Recording Studio – Abbey Road Studios
Mixing Engineer – Eva Reistad, Remote Control Studios, Santa Monica, CA
Producer/Chief Recording Engineer – Tre Nagella
Mastering Engineer – Gavin Lurssen
Ron Taft – Graphic Design & Album Cover
Additional Recording Engineering:
Jeff Fair at Grey Dog Studios: Piano, Featured Voice, Featured Violin Soloists
Lucas Fehring at Riot Drum Studio - Percussion
Patrick Conlon at AMC@UCO Studio A
MB Gordy Percussion Includes:
Taiko drums, Bass Djun, Orchestral Toms, Gong, Marimba, various hand percussion.
St. Christopher’s Journey – Thematic Summary
There was a myriad of traumatic experiences during my childhood which led to being adopted. However, I’ve been blessed with incredible adoptive parents who sacrificed so much to prepare me for a lifetime of successes. This song is representative of that journey. The audience will be able to identify with the somber/dramatic tone which leads to a euphoric ending. Footnote: My first name, is Christopher.
The Storm – Thematic Summary
Inspired by the infamous Paganini Caprices, I wanted to write something that was indicative of the fun chaos that three kids under the age of 6 bring to a household. The vibe of our home went from 0-60. The mischief, the playing, running, and jumping, arguing, the loving nature and beauty of having kids. This song is my interpretation of the melting pot of emotions.
No Apologies – Thematic Summary
The final incident that led to foster care was when my sister and I were abandoned in a car on the side of a highway during the Thanksgiving Holiday. I’m not sure of the exact number of days (1-2). – As an adult, I had an opportunity to ask the person, why they did that to us. That person rambled complete nonsense, taking no ownership nor offering any apologies for their actions. The song begins with a contemplative mood, but the listener will hear the questions of why as the song continues to progress.
Asa – Thematic Summary
I wrote this song, which features cello, at the time that my wife and I had met a little boy, “Asa”. For months, we thought we would be able to open our home to him, but unfortunately, circumstances played out to where we were not able to adopt. The situation was extremely heartbreaking. The prominence of the cello represents the disposition of one little boy. Very little support in his life. What support he does have is sporadic. The piano and violin represent that sparse support.
Sacred – Thematic Summary
There’s nothing more Sacred than family. Having the opportunity to bring three children into our home and share our lives with them is extremely rewarding. This isn’t something we take for granted. There is a myriad of responsibilities we have in order to raise children who’ve suffered trauma. We also have cultural responsibilities as Caucasian parents with three African American siblings. To see the miracles over the past 2 years has been extraordinarily joyous.