What do you get when you pair up Kevin Hearn from Barenaked Ladies, and iconic husband-and-wife, Michael Ray from Cosmic Krewe and Laranah Phipps-Ray from La Funkalicioius, you get one heck of a single. The three share their new single, “Hello Hello (One Planet)”, which aims to unite the masses.
“We sure had fun making music again,” Hearn shares of the track. “We decided to say hello in different languages — including some extra-terrestrial ones. I added the melodic chant, and a few layers of piano/keyboards to Michael’s chord sequence and Laranah’s singing.
“In this time when so many are feeling distanced, disconnected, and isolated, it felt fitting to reach out with musical salutations to all,” he adds.
Having first crossed paths in 2012, “Hello Hello (One Planet)” is the latest extension of the trio’s collaborations together.
“I met Michael Ray after seeing him perform with the Sun Ra Arkestra,” Hearn recalls. “The event was celebrating the new home of Toronto’s Regent Park School of Music, and it was one of the most inspiring musical performances I have ever seen.
“I fell in love with Michael’s musicality, his voice, his trumpet playing, and his joyful exuberance as he led the hall in singing ‘We Travel the SpaceWays,’’ he continues. “We collaborated on a project of mine, The SuperHero Suite, and Michael became a regular guest on The Barenaked Ladies albums. The first time I met his wife, Laranah, who is also jazz royalty, the three of us had an impromptu jam session in the BNL dressing room backstage in Philadelphia.
“And in this new instalment of our musical friendship, it was I who was invited to contribute to one of THEIR songs!”
Check out the single, which was released to coincide with World Unity Week below, and stay up to date with the artists via their socials.
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