Cindy Paulos and friends are ‘All In This Together’
Maui music artist releases new song as COVID-19 benefit
The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired a number of artists around the world to create new music to help uplift spirits, foster hope and benefit relevant charities. They include country star Rosanne Cash, pop group OneRepublic, Latin rapper Pitbull, Sierra Leone’s Africa Best Rappers — and Maui’s Cindy Paulos, who just released “All In This Together,” co-composed and co-produced with Cuban musicians Kenya and Oscar Autie.
“All In This Together” is released in conjunction with a “stay-at-home” video featuring a collective of 28 independent artists from Maui, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Massachusetts and Spain.
The host of the longest running radio talk show on Maui, Paulos helped produce the inspirational song to raise money and awareness for the Recording Academy’s foundation MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Since it was founded in 1989, MusiCares has distributed more than $60 million to musicians and music people in need.
“Many people in the industry are now in crisis, not knowing what the future holds or having to deal with dire commercial realities,” Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. told Variety.
“About two months ago, these words kept coming to me, and I had to do something,” Paulos explains. “The message of this song couldn’t be timelier. It talks about how we must embrace these difficult times with love, and it says ‘to get through these times, we must heal.’ The song encourages us not to be afraid because we are all in this together.”
Among musicians performing on the song are Grammy winner George Kahumoku Jr.; acclaimed Bay Area gospel vocalist Nara Boon; celebrated musician/producer Larry Batiste, who has worked with Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau; and Latin Grammy winner Oscar Autie.
“All In This Together” marks the first release from Paulos’ upcoming album “We’re All In This Together,” which also will benefit MusiCares.
“There are 18 songs on the CD,” she notes. “I have 17 other musicians on the album. The next song coming out is ‘You Can’t Stop the Music.’ The words came to me because there are so many amazing musicians streaming free music. A lot of things have been stopped in the world, but the music kept going. I reached out to Brooks Maguire and I asked him to write the music, and Eric Gilliom is going to sing it with Brooks. It expresses how grateful we are to musicians.”
Some of the album highlights include the sublime song “I Close My Eyes,” sung by Rebekah Eden, who was praised for her “enchanting, mesmerizing vocals” by Entertainment Magazine. A former opera singer, Eden has been compared to Sarah McLaughlin and Enya.
Eden created the music after reading Paulos’ poetry online. Her father had died the week before, and she felt moved to record a song to comfort those going through grief.
“It’s so inspiring, really touching,” says Paulos.
German tenor Gregor Pracht contributes a moving, slowed down version of Bobby McFarrin’s classic “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” along with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Clouds.” Performing on Maui in the mid-1990s, Pracht was hailed as a possible successor to Luciano Pavarotti. And the album’s reggae-flavored title song is performed by Hawaii’s Reggae Ambassador, Marty Dread.
Other guest artists on the CD include New Age Album Grammy winner Laura Sullivan, multi-instrumentalist Valerie Romanoff, and Santa Fe, N.M.,-based singer-songwriter Martha Reich.
Writing poetry and words of wisdom for most of her life, Paulos co-founded the KAOI Radio group in 1989. She has produced a CD series of her original poems set to music.
“Practicing Aloha: Songs of Cindy Paulos” was nominated for a Na Hoku Award in 2011 for Compilation of the Year. Other Hoku nominations include “Ave Maria, Queen of Angels,” for Religious Album in 2017, and most recently, “Peace, Music, and Poems,” in 2019, which earned her a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Paulos expects her latest CD to be released in late June or early July.
“It’s my 10th release, and I think it’s my best one,” she concludes. “It really speaks to my heart.”
Digital copies of “All In This Together” are available on Spotify and other streaming platforms. The video is available on YouTube. For updates visit www.allinthistogetherthesong.com.