Often the best art comes from tragedy. Music is no exception to this rule.
But it can be more than just a catalyst for creativity. It can be a way of coping.
A chance to create something beautiful out of something ugly.
It all began last summer in Seattle, when a young man crept through an open window at the home of Teresa Butz and her partner. After repeatedly raping and stabbing both women, Teresa decided to fight back. According to police, her actions saved her partner’s life, but cost Teresa her own.
The Angel Band Project is a musical reaction to this loss. Told in song by her large and musical family (they’re like a cross between the Von Trapps and the Staples Singers with a bit of Neil Young thrown in for good measure). Also joining them is Teresa’s partner a conservatory-trained vocalist.
Early on we decided to record live. Not just to save money, but to capture something real. Something with feeling.
Call it momentum, call it serendipity, call it good juju, but there’s something about this project that just brings people together. A lot like Teresa did.
5 recordings. 4 cities. 100s of donors. This just keeps getting bigger. We hope you’ll join the band.
And Teresa, we hope you’re clapping your hands and shaking that world-class booty while you listen.