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Celebrities for Palestine show their love for humanity through their music – Michael Heart

October 14, 2014 1 comment

From Michael Heart Official Page

Michael Heart, singer and composer of We will not go down, dedicated to the people of Gaza

Michael Heart the singer and composer of “We will not go down, Gaza Tonight” song dedicated to the people of Gaza, Palestine

Michael Heart has no propensity for nonsense. Neither in his life nor in his music. His no-frills approach to songwriting and production work is a clear testament to that. Despite his vastly diverse musicianship skills in different genres (clearly a direct result of having been raised all over the world), he has an affinity for authenticity and purity when it comes to his music. When he makes a Pop/Rock record, you just know it’s a Pop/Rock record.

Such is the case with his debut Pop/Rock CD titled “Unsolicited Material”. Although this record may not necessarily entirely sound like the work of his musical influences, you can definitely hear traces of artists such as Don Henley and Bryan Adams, in a song or two.

His raspy, breathy voice has a very identifiable sound, which commands attention from the listener. The songs are well crafted and the lyrical content is somewhat diverse, yet relevant. He tackles serious topics such as adultery (“Living In Sin”); the challenges of making a living (“Life Goes On”); war (“Damaged World”) and even domestic violence (“Finally Free”). Having said that, once in a while, Michael still lets his sense of humor come out in a song like “Wanna Be Bad”. After all, rock’n roll is about having a good time. And just for good measure, he includes the obligatory, radio-friendly, mid-tempo, Pop/Rock love song, “Lost In You”. Although the moods of the various songs on this CD do vary, there is still a common thread in all of these songs that unify them as a collective work.

Michael’s background is as diverse as can be. Born in Syria and raised in Europe (Switzerland and Austria) and the United States, he has lived a multi-cultural life and absorbed the music of different parts of the world (although his current CD release is purely categorized as Pop/Rock). He started out on piano and guitar at age 10. Shortly thereafter, he began dabbling in songwriting and eventually made the natural progression towards recording.

After earning his audio engineering degree from Full Sail (recording school), he moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and spent the past 20 years working on the local studio circuit both as a session guitarist and a recording engineer.

In that time, he has worked with such artists as Brandy, Will Smith, Toto, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Phil Collins, Patty LaBelle, The Pointer Sisters, Earth Wind & Fire, Rickie Lee Jones, Lou Rawls, Jesse McCartney, Hillary Duff, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Paige, Al Jarreau, K-Ci & Jojo, Deborah Cox, Monica, Taylor Dayne, Keiko Matsui, Steve Nieves, Luis Miguel and Tarkan. Michael’s fluency in French was definitely an added bonus when he also worked in the studio with French artists like Calogero (The Charts), Marc Lavoine and Veronique Sanson. Other projects also included work with producers Rodney Jerkins, Philippe Saisse and David Foster. (note: on most of these recording credits, Michael is credited as “Annas Allaf”, his real name, Michael Heart being the stage name). Although most of Michael’s work has been in the recording studio, he has also done some touring (notably back in the early 90’s, when he toured as a Flamenco guitarist in a guitar trio with Juan Manuel Canizares, opening for Dire Straits). He has also recorded and toured with the smooth jazz band Jango.

Michael Heart A Voice for Gaza (Cover of Gaza Tonight)

Michael Heart A Voice for Gaza (Cover of Gaza Tonight)

Michael has also written songs in support of various causes.  The most recent song, “What About Us” was written about the tragic situation in Syria. The song “Freedom” was inspired by the popular protests in North Africa and the Middle East.  His song “We Will Not Go Down” was written about the horrific situation of the Palestinian people in Gaza. Michael also wrote a song called “Help is on the Way”, about the devastating earthquake in Haiti, in 2010.

These days, when he is not working on his own original music, Michael lends his production skills working with local artists in the Los Angeles area.

DOWNLOAD mp3 HERE http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-w…
A SONG ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, NOT RELIGION.

ALL MUSIC RIGHTS RESERVED. Michael Heart Copyright 2009. Please do not use this song in any new videos.

http://www.michaelheart.com/

This is the original video. The very first one that was posted on YouTube in Jan 2009, by Michael Heart, before it spread like wildfire all over the internet. Yes, it is primitive and very low quality, but there it is.

Visit Michael Heart’s official YouTube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZHg…

Check out his 2-part video interview here below:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmgfcL…

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FEgy-…

Thank you for supporting Michael and his music! You can buy his debut Pop/Rock album “Unsolicited Material” here:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/unso…

Celebrities for Palestine The voice of resistance: Julia Boutros sings for Gaza

October 14, 2014 1 comment

by Marivel Guzman

Julia Boutros in Dubai during One Candle Lit for Every Martyr Donations to be gathered on campus

Julia Boutros in Dubai during One Candle Lit for Every Martyr
Donations to be gathered on campus

Lebanese Christian Julia Boutros is considered one of the top pop singers of the Arab world. She has just released a new album, entitled ‘Righteousness is my weapon’ in which she praises the steadfastness of Hamas and other Gaza resistance groups for giving a bloody nose to the Jewish army.

 

“Righteousness is my weapon and I resist. Despite my pain I will resist, I will not give up, I will not give in. And about my country I will not compromise” said one of the verses of his praise song for Gaza resistance fighters.

“My home is here, my land is here. the sea, the plains, the river are ours. And how, while facing fire can I be peaceful” continue the song

 

The newly released “Al-Haq Silahi” (The Right is my Weapon) is an ode to the Palestinian resistance fighting in Gaza and all those who resisted Israeli occupation. The song rejects Israeli settlements, supporting the Palestinian claim to the natural landscapes of the occupied territories, said Albawaba
in veooz.com

 

Julia has vocally supported Hizbullah and the “Resistance” despite being a Christian herself – making her a living embodiment of how an “Islamic Resistance” could transcend nationalism.

According to wiki article 0n October 11, 2006, Boutros announced a new single called “Ahibaii” (My loved ones). The lyrics are based on a letter sent by Hizbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah to the fighters in South Lebanon during the 2006 Summer War between Hezbollah and Israel. The poet Ghassan Matar adapted the original text. The music is composed by Ziad, brother of Julia and arranged by Michel Fadel. The profits from the song’s sale went to help the families of Hizbollah fighters and to all Lebanese who died during the Israel-Lebanon conflict

Boutros began singing at the age of 12. From very beginning of her singing career, she decided to use her talent on behalf of others. Her first song, a French tune titled ‘A Maman“, was dedicated to all mothers on Mother’s Day. It proved to be the first step in a lifelong journey of dedication: her gift to others.

 

By the age of 14, she had released her first album, titled ‘C’est La Vie’ (This is Life), which was written and composed by Elias Rahbani. It was also around this time that the civil war in Lebanon broke out, playing a central role in Julia’s life and bringing into sharp focus her desire to commit herself and her singing to humanity and civilization in the Lebanese community in particular and the world in general.

 

Julia Boutros speaking at the American University in Dubai for an event to raise funds for Gaza

Julia Boutros speaking at the American University in Dubai for an event to raise funds for Gaza

On January 2009, the Palestinian Arab Cultural Club at the American University in Dubai organized the AUD Rally and Candlelight Vigil, in support of the people in Gaza. The event took place on campus where members of the faculty, administrative and student bodies at AUD assembled to raise their voices against the massacres in Gaza in the presence of the Consul General of the State of Palestine in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Mr. Hussein Abdul Khalek, and Mrs. Julia Boutros – who participated to express her solidarity with the innocent in Gaza-, as well as prominent dignitaries from the media.

 

Early on, unlike other artists of her age, Boutros dedicated her career to a cause. This burning desire to be a voice for others led directly in 1985 to her recording “Ghabet Shams Al Haq”, which was composed by Julia’s brother Ziad Boutros, who composes most of her work today. The song expresses her anger at the continued killing of the innocents: children, women, men and the elderly civilians by Jewish army and its Christian Lebanese Phalangist collaborators.

The only thing we were able to do at the time was to raise our voices and send a message to the world, and that was achieved by my first song” says Julia.

She wanted to send a message, and she did so, forcefully. One week after this song was released; Julia’s voice entered every house in the Arab world. Her voice had become their voice, with millions of people singing her songs. Even schools began teaching the children the real meanings of Julia’s words.

After “Ghabet Shams Al Haq”, Julia would say, “I felt that I had a responsibility and that it is to speak on behalf of my people whose voice goes unheard“.

Today, Julia’s fans range from children to elderly, as she became a national symbol for Nationalism, Patriotism, Resistance and even Romance.

Julia received several national and international awards, including the Lebanese President’s Award which was presented to Julia for her contribution, through her voice, to the Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah against the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, shortly after the liberation of the South in May 2000.

Recently, and during the 2006 Israeli 34-day carpet-bombing of Lebanese civilian population, Julia Boutros was featured on Al Jazeera TV Station in a special program; she talked about the Politics in the Arab world, daring to say the least. She has today developed a fundraising project for the families of all Lebanese Martyrs who perished during the 34-day war.

 

Exclusive: Christian singer Julia Botrous honors fighters in Gaza with subtitles in English (الحق سلاحي). Her newly released 2014 music video “Righteousness is my weapon” refers to resistance movements in Gaza. Released on July 25, 2014, under Al-Mayadeen television.

 

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