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An international collective of troubadours, poets, rebels, provocateurs, sages, theologians, creatives and activists on the trail of the ancient Bible sayings known as ‘the beatitudes’.

Hidden in plain sight and so often ignored, even by those who call themselves followers, These words, spoken by Jesus, offer a nine-statement manifesto for a new world order. In them we hear the whispers of another world.

The project emerges in many forms. Across 3 continents, world class musicians have collaborated on a double album searching for the essence of these ‘nine beats’.

We’ve also produced a range of resources (by Mark Scandrette with Danielle Welch) and online conversations that invite individuals, groups, churches, and faith communities to experiment with the wisdom of the 9 beats way.


Who’s who?

Mark Scandrette

Tony Bean

Aaron Niequist

Fatai

Heatherlyn

Caleb Quaye

Rev Vince Anderson

Eric Leroy Wilson

Mikael R Andreasen

Deborah Pritchard

Ambassada

Rozella Haydée White

Steve Bassett

Barry Taylor

Christine Yi Suh

Matt Valler

Martin Trotman

Danielle Welch and more.

 


Contact Info

Web: 9beats.org

Facebook: 9beats

Twitter: nine_beats

Website: 9beats.org

Email: steve@9beats.org/rob@9beats.org

PR contact: Louise Harris

+44 (0)7980 996318

louise@louiseharrispr.co.uk


#blessed – 9th July 2017

NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE featuring REV VINCE ANDERSON

Music: Tony Bean

Lyrics: Vince Anderson

Duration: 4 mins 13 secs

Taken from the forthcoming album NINE BEATS TO THE BAR by NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE

REV VINCE ANDERSON is part of an international collective of troubadours, poets, rebels, provocateurs, sages, and activists on the trail of the ancient Bible sayings known as ‘the Beatitudes’.

A phenomenal live performer, Vince was born in Fresno, California (the raisin capital of the world). He moved to New York City in 1994 to study at Union Theological Seminary with the intention of becoming a Methodist minister. The Reverend lasted 3 months in seminary, before sensing a new direction in music.

‘Dirty Gospel’ is the term the Rev uses to describe both his musical style and influences, and his theological perspective. He has released 4 albums as well as playing a weekly show in New York City for over 20 years with his Brooklyn based band ‘The Love Choir’. He’s toured internationally as well as playing with artists such as The Roots, Daniel Johnson, and Melvin Van Peebles. His band includes members of TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, Nick Waterhouse band, and Burnt Sugar.

Rev Vince is currently setting the book of Psalms to music. He’s a real Rev! On this track (co-written with UK songwriter and NINE BEATS producer, Tony Bean), Rev Vince’s lyrics are a withering take on Twitter culture and cheap blessing – underpinned by a pounding ‘dirty gospel’ groove.

Across 3 continents, a group of world class musicians, songwriters, artists, theologians, creatives, activists, and storytellers has collaborated on ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ – a concept album of music, spoken word and soundscape that searches for the essence of these ‘nine beats’.

Nine Beats to the Bar is a haunting. A cry. A new beat.

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Available on CD, download, & heavyweight 180gsm digitally mastered double vinyl LP

An eclectic soundscape of R&B, soul, rock/pop, acoustic threads, classical, jazz/funk, African vibes, and a hint of gospel. NINE BEATS is a collaboration of world class musicians, artists, and songwriters exploring the ancient wisdom of THE BEATITUDES. 

Produced by Tony Bean


Single Release – 2nd June 2017

Kosi       

NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE featuring AMBASSADA

Music: Tony Bean

Lyrics: Ambassada

Duration: 3 mins 01 secs

Taken from the forthcoming album NINE BEATS TO THE BAR by NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE

AMBASSADA is part of an international collective of troubadours, poets, rebels, provocateurs, sages, and activists on the trail of the ancient Bible sayings known as ‘the Beatitudes’.

One of the most prominent artists on the African music scene since his multi-award winning first album, ‘Natamani’ (2004). His hit single, ‘Watoto Ikane’ advocated children’s rights and led him into humanitarian work (AIDs eradication, G8 summit, etc). It also led to lining up with Black Mambazo, P. Diddy, Yossour N’Dour, amongst others. Further albums like ‘Yaka’ ranked him as one of East Africa’s youngest, best-selling and best performing artists. He became a UN Ambassador to Children in 2010. Today, The Ambassada Foundation works in slums and children’s homes around Nairobi. Now based at Monster Studios in Kampala, Uganda, Ambassada is bringing a unique African vibe and voice to the NINE BEATS Collective. This track (co-written with UK songwriter and NINE BEATS producer, Tony Bean) has an irresistible groove and heartfelt vocals from Ambassada that invoke hope from the nine beats for the children of Uganda, Africa and the world.

Across 3 continents, a group of world class musicians, songwriters, artists, theologians, creatives, activists, and storytellers has collaborated on ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ – a concept album of music, spoken word, and soundscape that searches for the essence of these ‘nine beats’.

Nine Beats to the Bar is a haunting. A cry. A new beat.

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 Available on CD, download, & heavyweight 180gsm digitally mastered double vinyl LP

An eclectic soundscape of R&B, soul, rock/pop, acoustic threads, classical, jazz/funk, African vibes, and a hint of gospel. NINE BEATS is a collaboration of world class musicians, artists, and songwriters exploring the ancient wisdom of THE BEATITUDES. 

Produced by Tony Bean


Single Release – 26th May 2017

What Can Love Create?       

NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE featuring HEATHERLYN

Music: Heatherlyn

Lyrics: Steve Bassett

Duration: 3 mins 24 secs

Taken from the forthcoming album NINE BEATS TO THE BAR by NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE

HEATHERLYN is part of an international collective of troubadours, poets, rebels, provocateurs, sages, and activists on the trail of the ancient Bible sayings known as ‘the Beatitudes’.

A singer/song-artist with soul, roots, and rock vibes infused throughout her songs, Heatherlyn finds home on the road wherever her heart is. Friends and fans have twice awarded her the US Midwest ‘People’s Choice’ of NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Performance Contest. Heatherlyn features on 5 collaborations on NINE BEATS TO THE BAR, and this track (written with UK lyricist Steve Bassett) showcases her soulful, poetic, honest voice that resonates with people from many varied walks of life. It’s a beautiful, stripped back song where Heatherlyn’s voice weaves with Tony’s rich acoustic guitar tones and a delicious string arrangement from Deborah Pritchard – one of the UK’s rising classical music stars.

Across 3 continents, a group of world class musicians, songwriters, artists, theologians, creatives, activists, and storytellers has collaborated on ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ – a concept album of music, spoken word, and soundscape that searches for the essence of these ‘nine beats’.

Nine Beats to the Bar is a haunting. A cry. A new beat.

________________________

Available on CD, download, & heavyweight 180gsm digitally mastered double vinyl LP

 An eclectic soundscape of R&B, soul, rock/pop, acoustic threads, classical, jazz/funk, African vibes, and a hint of gospel. NINE BEATS is a collaboration of world class musicians, artists, and songwriters exploring the ancient wisdom of THE BEATITUDES. 

Produced by Tony Bean


Single Release – 19th May 2017

Nine Beats To The Bar       

NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE featuring MIKAEL R ANDREASEN

Music: Mikael R Andreasen

Lyrics: Steve Bassett / Mikael R Andreasen

Duration: 2 mins 47 secs

Taken from the forthcoming album NINE BEATS TO THE BAR by NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE

MIKAEL R ANDREASEN is part of an international collective of troubadours, poets, rebels, provocateurs, sages, and activists on the trail of the ancient Bible sayings known as ‘the Beatitudes’.

Mikael is an award-winning composer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, who primarily works under the moniker Kloster (the Danish word for monastery) which at the same time is a solo project, a band, and an ever-growing collective counting more than 50 people: their songs circle around spiritual matters and vocal melodies wrapped in beautiful chords and tones.

Mikael has released six critically acclaimed albums. The latest, ‘Half Dream, Half Epiphany’, was nominated as album of the year at The Danish Music Awards. At the prestigious Steppeulven music awards (curated by the Association of Danish Music Critics), Mikael won composer of the year in 2016. Now, he adds his talents to the NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE with a track (co-written with UK lyricist Steve Bassett) that features Mikael’s trademark layered textures and vocals – augmented by the jagged guitar of Caleb Quaye (former Elton John/Hall & Oates guitarist) to envision a tribe of people exploring the NINE BEATS.

Across 3 continents, a group of world class musicians, songwriters, artists, theologians, creatives, activists, and storytellers has collaborated on ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ – a concept album of music, spoken word, and soundscape that searches for the essence of these ‘nine beats’. Mikael’s unique sound adds rich textures to this project.

Nine Beats to the Bar is a haunting. A cry. A new beat.

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Available on CD, download, & heavyweight 180gsm digitally mastered double vinyl LP

An eclectic soundscape of R&B, soul, rock/pop, acoustic threads, classical, jazz/funk, African vibes, and a hint of gospel. NINE BEATS is a collaboration of world class musicians, artists, and songwriters exploring the ancient wisdom of THE BEATITUDES.

Produced by Tony Bean

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