TranscenDance— A New Collection of High-Vibe Dance Tracks
From Agape’s Michael Bernard Beckwith
— A genre-bending New Release from Agape founder Michael Bernard Beckwith, and three music masters . . .
Grammy & Tony nominated producer/songwriter Stephen Bray,
Multi-Platinum Producer/Agape Media International chief Stephen Powers, and Grammy-nominated remix legend and producer John Potoker —
Los Angeles, CA — November 14, 2011 — What happens when one of the most celebrated spiritual teachers of our time teams up with an award winning trio of multi-platinum producers and a host of legendary guest singers? The answer is TranscenDance a collection of eminently dance-able songs whose words have the ability to transcend limiting beliefs and transform your life whether you are dancing, exercising or listening.
The artist is Michael Bernard Beckwith, visionary founder and spiritual director of the Los Angeles-based Agape International Spiritual Center featured in the mega-hit book and film, “The Secret” and whose PBS special, “The Answer is YOU,” is currently airing nationally. And the music is part of a fast-growing genre known as “ecstatic dance,” “conscious dance,” or “techno-tribal.” Fitting perfectly in this groove, Beckwith’s melodic voice is so pure and his teachings so powerful that this album takes the genre to another level.
In the hands of veteran songwriter and producer Stephen Bray, Beckwith’s words become an instrument, with lines repeated, filtered, and rearranged. John Potoker lends his engineering genius to the mix to make Bray’s music and Beckwith’s teachings a sublime concoction conspiring for your own good. In his worldwide speaking engagements, Beckwith shares “words that I speak from deep within my heart” delivered with a unique musical flair. TranscenDance makes those teachings fun and accessible for all and utilizes the mystical power of song to allow us to “hear with the ear behind the ear,” as Beckwith eloquently shares in “In this Love Together,” a song on the album.
“The selections are more than spoken word or dance music,” Beckwith notes. “They are joyful soundtracks that have been created to inspire you to listen and dance to the beauty of your own true nature.”
Renowned guest singers populate the tracks, including Siedah Garrett, the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter who co-wrote Michael Jackson’s hit “Man in the Mirror” and recorded a #1 hit duet with Jackson, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You;” Niki Haris, a hit singer and longtime backing vocalist for Madonna, who has recorded with Whitney Houston, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, Kylie Minogue and others; Sovory, whose talents have been called on by Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton and more; and R&B icon Brenda Lee Eager, who has collaborated with such artists as Jerry Butler, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Aretha Franklin.
The producing team is producer/songwriter Stephen Bray who wrote the music for this album, and who teamed with Madonna on many hits including “Into the Groove,” “Express Yourself,” and “True Blue.” Bray
is also Grammy-nominated for Best New Artist and Tony-nominated for music and lyrics on The Color Purple; and the Grammy-nominated remix engineer and producer, John Potoker, who has shared his many talents on projects for Paul McCartney, U2, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, No Doubt, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Krishna Das, Madonna, Talking Heads, and more.
The album was conceived and executive produced by Beckwith and Agape Media International (AMI) CEO Stephen Powers, whose numerous credits include the Grammy-winning John Lee Hooker album, The Healer
featuring Bonnie Raitt and Santana; million-selling soundtrack albums with Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Duran Duran, and the Beach Boys; and Michael Beckwith’s PBS Special, The Answer Is You, featuring Black-Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am, Siedah Garrett, Niki Haris, Rickie Byars Beckwith and more, currently airing nationally on public television.
The TranscenDance CD is available through iTunes, Amazon and where all great music is sold.
Michael Bernard Beckwith / TranscenDance (AMI-214)
Released by Agape Media International | UPC: 8-92823-00214-5
Featuring the words of Michael Bernard Beckwith, music of Stephen Bray
Produced by Stephen Bray and John Potoker
Executive Producers: Michael Beckwith and Stephen Powers
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Michael Bernard Beckwith is the visionary founder and spiritual director of Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, the fastest-growing and best-known trans-denominational, metaphysical center in the world, with over 35,000 active members and tens of thousands more globally. He is an award-wining author and has been a popular guest on “Oprah,” “CBS Eye to Eye with Katie Couric,” “Larry King Live,” and “Tavis Smiley.” He was profiled in Oprah’s primetime special, “The Big Give” and on ABC’s “20/20” in connection with his current PBS Special, “The Answer Is You,” produced by Agape Media International (AMI).
Agape Media International (AMI) was co-founded by Michael Beckwith, along with Mark R. Harris, producer of Academy Award-winning films “Crash” (Best Picture) and “Gods & Monsters” (Best Adapted Screenplay), and Stephen Powers. Its purpose is to promote artists and art forms that uplift the human spirit. (The French word “ami” is used to mean “beloved friend.”) Through production and distribution of educational, inspirational, and transformational television, movies, music, books and digital media, AMI has established its leadership as a top brand in conscious media.