Just in time for the heartwarming holiday season, music enthusiasts can welcome the highly anticipated release of the Loving the Silent Tears: The Musical album to recreate the magic of the new musical exploring humanity's universal search for inner peace.
Grammy winners: Jon Secada (Just Another Day), Jody Watley (Real Love), Jamaican reggae group Black Uhuru (Anthem)
Broadway stars: Patti Cohenour (Phantom of the Opera), Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Kiril Kulish (Billy Elliot the Musical), Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins' Broadway)
International stars: Kay Tse (Hong Kong), Brian Joo (Korea), Siavash Shams (Iran), H? Qu?nh H??ng (Vietnam)
Loving the Silent Tears: The Musical was a unique celebration combining a talented team who collectively hold over two dozen Academy, Grammy, Tony and Emmy Awards. Oscar-winning composer Al Kasha (The Poseidon Adventure) was inspired to create and write music for the musical after reading the poetry anthology Silent Tears written by Supreme Master Ching Hai during her own spiritual quest. Mr. Kasha stated "Silent Tears...has touched my heart so greatly, that I saw the potential it had to affect people's lives by being turned into a musical."
As MTV noted, the composers are "titans in their musicAl Fields" who include Jorge Calandrelli (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Doug Katsaros (Footloose), Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Don Pippin (La Cage aux Folles), Nan Schwartz (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and David Shire (Saturday Night Fever).
Directed by Tony nominee Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson's and Madonna's world tours) and choreographed by Emmy-winner Bonnie Story (High School Musical 1, 2, 3), Loving the Silent Tears transformed Supreme Master Ching Hai's profound and engaging poems into a musical sensation that takes listeners across six continents, with glorious Africa represented by platinum artist Jody Watley. The one-time only benefit show was held on October 27, 2012 at the 6,300-seat Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
In keeping with the international theme of the show, the music features a wide range of styles and genres, such as Jody Watley's song, the African-inspired "A Real Fool" with its rich, rhythmic melodies and distinct percussion. The tender ballad "Singing Praise," sung by Korean pop star Brian Joo and Korean-American singer Heather Park, incorporated elements of traditional Korean music while the lively "Make a Deal," features Caribbean rhythms performed by Grammy-winning Jamaican group Black Uhuru. Singers representing other cultures include Camellia Abou-Odah (Arab), Mark Janicello (Italian), Liel Kolet (Israeli), Katie McMahon (Irish) and Fabiana Passoni (Brazilian).
The legendary Jon Secada also set Supreme Master Ching Hai's poem "All Love, All Forgive," to music in a salsa piece inspired by his native Cuba. He said, "I love the fact that it's a simple message but with a lot of depth: love, forgiveness, understanding, and caring. Those messages we need today more than ever."
After viewing the musical, singer/songwriter Sunny Hilden, who has written songs for Ray Charles, Sting, Patti LaBelle, Herbie Hancock, expressed, "If we keep reminding each other we're supposed to be kind and loving to each other, then we get back to that place where I think that's our natural state. And I think this musical really spoke to that beautifully."