Original Yes singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley's recent critically acclaimed single for charity, “Family Circle,” has been entered for consideration for a Grammy nomination.
The money received from the single has gone to the following charities: Anderson's Flutie Foundation, Malley's Sahaja Yoga Meditation, and the National Autistic Society, backed by GONZO Multimedia president Rob Ayling.
“ 'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year, " Anderson says. "I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.”
Malley adds: “Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little, Jon said, 'So send some music!' - so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on 'Family Circle'. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.”
Since parting ways with Yes in 2008, Anderson has been a busy man, having recently released his solo album Survival and Other Stories, and teaming up with jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band. The ensemble is currently on tour promoting the newly released CD/DVD Better Late Than Never.
Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter best known for co-founding Counting Crows back in the early 90s. He left the band in 2004, so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family.
Check out "Family Circle" below: