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‘A Simple Song of Freedom’ Music Video Debut
December 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- 6 – 7p Reception
- 7 – 7:45p Program
About A Simple Song of Freedom:
Memphis musicians are uniting in song in a worldwide humanitarian effort to raise one voice to bring peace and love to the world threatened by war through a remake of Bobby Darin’s 1969 song, Simple Song of Freedom. This Memphis music project was spearheaded by the Italian guitarist/songwriter/producer, Mario Monterosso, resident of Memphis since 2016.
Simple Song of Freedom was written by Bobby Darin, and first recorded and released by Tim Hardin in 1969. Darin, known for his hits, such as “Splish Splash,” “Mack The Knife,” and “Dream Lover,” ventured into the burgeoning folk scene in the late 1960s, with his albums“If I Were A Carpenter,” “Born Walden Robert Cassotto,” and “Commitment,” reissued this year on the artist’s Direction Records. Darin passed away 50 years ago this December.
The MVP3 Foundation and MVP3 Records joined in Monterosso’s mission to help roll out this project in efforts to bring this song to global attention. MVP3 Foundation and MVP3 Records is releasing the song on Sunday, November 26, 2023, through Select-O-Hits, an American independent record label distributor of music based in Memphis, owned by Sam W. and John Phillips, co-founded in 1960 by their father, Tom and uncle, Sam Phillips. Sam Phillips is the founder of the legendary Sun Records, where Elvis, Johnny Cash and many others started their careers.
The MVP3 brand and trademark was created in Memphis in 2005. The founder of the MVP3 brand, Marie Pizano also spearheaded the non-profit organization, MVP3 Foundation whose mission is to help heal and educate communities with Memphis musicians, filmmakers and other artists through its many programs, events and films.
Marie Pizano, President of MVP3 Foundation and owner of MVP3 Records stated: “MVP3 is all about Films, Music and Community. I am very humbled to have this song released on our platform. Our mission is to help highlight Memphis talent through this song. We need love right now, we need peace! This song needs to be heard all over the world to inspire unity, while helping children’s hearts heal all over the world. The unified decision was made to give back from this song to the Novick Cardiac Alliance organization.” This non-political project that Mario Monterosso conceived and produced was recorded and filmed at the renowned Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, with Emmy Award-winning film composer and Grammy-nominated music producer, Scott Bomar as Recording Engineer.
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