Remember is a new, collaborative pop anthem that rallies against bullying while delivering a positive, hopeful message to stay true to who you are and to never let the negative feelings and comments affect your inner strength.
The Remember anti-bullying anthem is powerful, uplifting, and inspirational, and we hope that it will reach the hearts and ears of youth everywhere!
Brenda O’Brien grew up around music in Memphis, Tennessee. After raising three boys she returned to writing music, her original love. She was motivated to start her Unite Against Bullying campaign to expose the problem and bring awareness of bullying that too many kids face. Brenda, together with Steve Argy, Shayne Leightonand rap lyrics by Nick Murphy, wrote the song “Remember,” in tribute to Rebecca Sedwick, a young Florida school girl who jumped to her death after being bullied.
Remember has been produced by some of independent music’s top producers at top facilities including Tony Bongiovi’s Power Station Studios in South Florida and Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios in Memphis. Producers include Rob Roy of Bongiovi Acoustics and co-writer, Steve Argy. Engineered by Boo Mitchell, son of the late and legendary Willie Mitchell. Remember features two Grammy-nominated artists and three artists seen on The Voice, plus the charismatic Kojo Hayes, son of Academy Award Winning Artist and Grammy winner Isaac Hayes.
Singer-songwriter Kris Thomas, a native of Memphis, TN, has a voice as smooth as silk. With his charming and charismatic personality and a vision for success, Kris is destined for greatness. With the upcoming release of his first EP, Kris is ready to hit the ground running.
He has had the opportunity to work with songwriter-producer Nick Trevisick who has written international hits and has worked with numerous artists currently topping the charts.
In 2011, Karina sang a duet with Sony Latin Recording Artist, Franco de Vita and was featured in his live DVD album, Primera Fila, which won two Latin Grammy Awards. She has also performed with Wyclef Jean and was featured on Univision’s Mira Quien Baila, in addition to sharing the stage with Latin artists Beatriz Luengo, Alejandra Guzmán and Gilberto Santa Rosa, just to name a few.
Memphis music diva and Grammy-nominated singer Wendy Moten has traveled the world touring with artist like Michael Bolton, and Julio Iglesias for 15 years as his featured vocalist. Recently she worked with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Martina McBride. Her new album Timeless is her first solo album of jazz standards.
In Shayne’s first year out of high school she penned, co-directed, and starred in the feature film The Incubus, a paranormal romance, which screened in over fifteen theaters across South Florida among major theater chains. Leighton has her debut EP in the works, having been signed to world-renowned Spectra Music Group. She was named #26 in Boca Magazine’s “Top 100 ‘It’ People” for 2011.
Nicholas Murphy O’Brien is an American rapper, record producer and DJ from Los Angeles. Music has played a significant part in Nick’s life and he firmly believes that music has the power to uplift people and change the world. He’s produced over 500 instrumentals and has written over 200 songs.
At the tender age of five, Linzy Rose stood on a table in the middle of the Washington National Airport food court and shouted, “Let the show begin!” She started to sing and dance to her own rhythm. It was at that point, she knew music would be her calling in life. A Tennessee native, Linzy started vocal lessons at the age of six and began performing with local bands from festivals to weddings all over the mid-south. After attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN as a commercial voice major, she moved her music to South Florida. Here, her dreams became a reality when she paired up with a local songwriter, Brenda O’Brien. Her vocal range allows her to express her passion for music through any genre.
Justin Merrick’s soul is fed by his passion for music, art, style, performance, and life. His range of musical talent, from soul and R&B to opera; his live show producing abilities; his passion for style; and his directorial skills all lie in Granville. He gained his BA in music education at Hampton University and found his love for politics and music. There he directed and developed programs inspired greatly by classic creations within the Black aesthetic. Justin was even nominated for a Grammy for “Educator of the Year” in 2013.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah’s musical influences started in her home long before she can remember. From the strumming of her dad’s guitar to watching old musical classics with her grandmother, Sarah was raised around melody. Throughout her childhood she pursued a number of avenues that would provide training and experience to further her dreams of someday singing professionally and touching others’ hearts through song. For Sarah, the measure of success is simple: if she can inspire hope in her audience, she’s made it.
Kojo Hayes is the son of the late Oscar©- and Grammy-winning artist Isaac Hayes. Kojo is only eight years old, but is already poised to be a great talent. He loves cheeseburgers, playing the drums, music, and being a kid! He has charisma that will take him far in life.
The Stax Music Academy
The Stax Music Academy, located at the original site of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, promotes the overall philanthropic work of the Soulsville Foundation through music education, community partnerships, and high-profile performance opportunities.
Students study vocal and instrumental instruction as well as music history, theory, production, engineering, songwriting, and more.
Featured in Brenda O’Brien’s Two Kings song and video in 2011, Stax Music Academy students have also performed in Italy, Australia, Berlin, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and many other locales and prestigious venues.
Their contributing vocals on Remember were recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis and produced by Boo Mitchell, grandson of the legendary Willie Mitchell of Hi Records.