True and Deep –
Songs for the Heart of the Paddler (Includes his song, "Wabakimi")
With songwriting credits on over 15 million records and paddling credits on countless lakes and rivers in the United States, Canada and Mexico, award-winning singer/songwriter Jerry Vandiver has brought two of his passions together in creating this unique collection of songs that speak to the paddler's soul.
Featured on True And Deep are 2011 CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year Victoria Banks and Grammy Award-winning Native American Artist Bill Miller on Native flute.
Jerry Vandiver - An award-winning songwriter and recording artist, Jerry participated in his first reconnaissance expedition with The Wabakimi Project last summer. Moved by the pristine wilderness of the Wabakimi area that he experienced during this canoe trip, Jerry wrote the lyrics, composed the melody and arranged the orchestration of a song that reflects his experience. Upon his return home to Nashville, TN, Jerry organized a session with fellow studio artists to record his composition which he will perform at The Wabakimi Project presentation during Canoecopia 2011.
In his own words, Jerry describes the genesis of his composition as follows:
“While participating in The Wabakimi Project in August, 2010, I was so taken with the area that a song, "Wabakimi", began to form in my mind. I was able to archive the lyrics in my journal but having no recorder handy, I made sure that I remembered the song by singing it to myself (much to the chagrin of my stern man) as we paddled. As a result, the rhythm and tempo of the song came in time to align itself with my paddling stroke. Upon returning to Nashville, I recorded "Wabakimi" and invited Grammy award-winning Native American recording artist Bill Miller to play flute and add his special touch. It was a very special moment for me and I am proud that this song will become a prominent part of The Wabakimi Project's heritage.”
Jerry is a proud member of Friends of Wabakimi. Learn more at www.PaddleSongs.com.