Grammy winning and Oscar-nominated executive/producer/composer and Beamer family friend Tony McAnany rally
Lila McCann, dcTalk, Wynonna, Nicole C. Mullen, Yo Yo Ma, Shane Minor, Steven Curtis Chapman, 38th Parallel, Congressmen
J.C. Watts and Tom DeLay, many more for music with a message one year later
"Letï¿½s roll." It was a call to action heard ï¿½round the world, spoken with unfaltering courage and resolve by Todd M. Beamer as he
joined United Airlines Flight 93 passengers Jeremy Glick, Mark Bingham and Thomas Burnett in a selfless attempt to overpower
the terrorists who had diverted the plane to a path toward our nationï¿½s capitol.
Beamerï¿½s inspiring last words resound now with every song on Letï¿½s Roll, which TMB Records, L.L.C., will release on Sept.
10, through Chordant Distribution Group to the CBA market and EMD to the general market. Produced by Grammy-nominated
and Dove award-winning producer/composer Tony McAnany (Chant, P.O.D), Letï¿½s Roll features an eclectic, all-star line-up
that includes Lila McCann, dcTalk, 38th Parallel, James Curlin, Nicole C. Mullen, Wynonna, Yo Yo Ma, Shane Minor, Steven
Chapman and many more. Fourteen of its 18 songs are originals, which longtime Beamer family friend McAnany wrote or
co-wrote in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
All profits from this tremendously anticipated, genre-spanning collection will benefit The Todd M. Beamer Foundation, whose
mission is "to equip children experiencing family trauma to make heroic choices every day." Beamerï¿½s widow, Lisa, who is now the
best-selling author of Letï¿½s Roll, launched the organization to honor United Flight 93 and "to extend Todd Beamerï¿½s legacy of
character, faith and courage."
States Douglass MacMillan, executive director, The Todd M. Beamer Foundation, "The Letï¿½s Roll CD is a coming together of
many people and talents with one goal in mind ? to help the children affected by the events of September 11. Each artist deserves
many thanks for their time and effort. This CD is a lasting tribute to Todd and all of the American heroes of September 11."
McAnany, who has worked on recordings that have sold more than 40 million copies, and was an Oscar-nominated executive for
The Remains of the Day, began work on the album within days following the attacks, rallying the artists, many whom he had
worked with previously. Lisa Beamer wrote a personal note to each, inviting them to participate on a special arrangement of "The
Lordï¿½s Prayer," the last prayer spoken by Todd Beamer aboard United Flight 93. "It is my hope that the Lordï¿½s Prayer will become
our countryï¿½s prayer of unity, faith, and hope -- regardless of our individuality. As those heroic passengers have shown us, those
words can provide peace, comfort, and strength in the worst of times."
Congressmen J.C. Watts and Tom DeLay, Majority Whip of the House of Representatives, along with a group of Toddï¿½s friends
join The All-Star Collective on "The Lordï¿½s Prayer." It is one of the many special moments that Letï¿½s Roll conveys.
Letï¿½s Roll: Together in Unity, Faith and Hope is music with a message one year later. McAnany, a former record company
executive, formed TMB, L.L.C., as a safe haven for Letï¿½s Roll.
McAnany explains, "As we talked to all of the significant record labels, it was apparent that in order to have the album released with
the utmost integrity and most benefits financially to the foundation, we were going to have to do it on our own, so we created a
company specifically for Letï¿½s Roll. It winds up being a better view of how we, as individuals, all stick together.
"In a lot of ways, Iï¿½ve taken my cue from how the men on Flight 93 acted in the last minutes of the flight," he reflects. "They had a
mission to accomplish, so they united and stood together and did their job. And this has been an inspiration for all of us related to
the record, whether itï¿½s the musicians, production, songwriting, or the business side of it. Wherever Iï¿½ve come up against a critical
decision pertaining to the album, Iï¿½ve always put it up against that as a benchmark; are we doing the right thing together, as
Americans, as people who have faith? And this has been a real key. The record label wouldnï¿½t exist without the support and prayer
and purpose from other people."
In addition, the Robbinsville, New Jersey-based McAnany points out, "You donï¿½t normally get an album with more than two singles
on it," but owing to its multi-genre appeal, several singles will be released to pop, rock, AC, CHR, inspirational and contemporary
classical radio formats, including dcTalkï¿½s "Letï¿½s Roll," 38th Parallelï¿½s "Horizon," (whose bassist was a cousin to a Flight 93
James Curlinï¿½s "I Believe," Lila McCannï¿½s "Who Else Could It Be?," Jeremy Lubbockï¿½s "Lullaby" featuring Chaka Khan," Shane
Minorï¿½s "Donï¿½t Ask Why," and The All-Star Collective performing "The Lordï¿½s Prayer."
As one might imagine, McAnany has amazing accounts of the miracles and blessings that surround Letï¿½s Roll, along with special
stories about working with each of the artists who donated their time and talent to making the album a reality. They, too, answered
Beamerï¿½s call to action, further inspiring us all to do the same.
From our archives 9/5/02
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