GRAMMY-nominated composer, curator, and activist Carlos Simon releases arrangement of Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride”  | Shore Fire Media

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GRAMMY-nominated composer, curator, and activist Carlos Simon releases arrangement of Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” 

GRAMMY-nominated composer, curator, and activist Carlos Simon releases arrangement of Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” 

New album ‘Together’ out September 8 via Decca Classics

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Listen to Love Is Stronger Than Pride


Friday, August 11, 2023 – Today, trailblazing contemporary composer CarlosSimon releases “Love Is Stronger Than Pride,” the second single from his upcoming album ‘Together’. Pulling inspiration from Sade's song of the same name, Simon gracefully reworks the ballad into a spell-binding piano-only composition. Simon’s delicate arrangement evokes the simple but powerful message that love is resilient and stronger than pride. 

Carlos Simon on the release"This album is a coming together after being separated for so long. It is a coming together to share new ideas and experiences through music. It is a coming together to heal and to help others. It is a coming together to sharpen one another."

Arriving September 8, globally, via Decca ClassicsTogether is the follow-up to Simon’s critically-acclaimed GRAMMY-nominated debut ‘Requiem for the Enslaved’. From the hymns that he grew up singing, playing, and hearing like “Amazing Grace” and “Angels In Heaven” which speak of transformation, to “Traveling Song” and “Between Worlds” which speak of traveling between two different locations (geographically, socially, and spiritually), the many threads that make up the fabric of Simon’s multifaceted life are woven into this new body of work. In addition to performing on several tracks, Simon has enlisted violinist and fellow Decca recording artist Randall Goosby, 2 x GRAMMY Award-winning mezzo J’Nai Bridges (“the ‘Beyoncé of opera” - BET), acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning baritone Will Liverman and GRAMMY-nominated rising star cellist Seth ParkerWoods. The album also features contributions from the Carlos Simon Collective, a group that Simon founded and conducted. Made up of Chicago’s best freelance artists, the collective is headed up by fellow GRAMMY-nominated, acclaimed composer, violinist, educator, and friend Jessie Montgomery.

Simon’s passion for social justice shines through in his compositions. His work tackles complex themes that include migration, belonging, and community – especially illuminating the transatlantic slave trade, the Jim and Jane Crow era, and the injustice people of African ancestry face today. His music possesses both classical textures and structures in a contemporary aesthetic alongside strong jazz, hip-hop, and heavy gospel influences. Earlier this summer, the Minnesota Orchestra premiered what The New York Times called “arguably the most important commission of Simon’s career so far”: ‘brea(d)th,’ Simon's work that commemorates the murder of George Floyd and honors the ongoing struggle for racial justice in Minnesota and beyond.

‘Together’ Tracklist: 

  1. Prayer "Gather Up" with J’Nai Bridges
  2. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
  3. Amazing Grace with Randall Goosby
  4. Near the Cross with J’Nai Bridges
  5. Loop
  6. Memory of Summer
  7. Settle (part III from Warmth from Other Suns)
  8. Angels in Heaven with Will Liverman
  9. Traveling Song
  10. Between Worlds with Seth Parker Woods


About Carlos Simon:

GRAMMY-nominated Carlos Simon is a multi-genre composer and performer who is a passionate advocate for diversity in music. Carlos, whose father wanted him to be a minister, describes music making as a pulpit where he can deliver messages and minister to those listening. As winner of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence 2021 and Composer-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center, he sees himself as a conduit, a vessel used by God to deliver music to the people. Listed in the Kennedy Center’s Next 50’, his recent commissions have been granted by the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Kennedy Center, Minnesota Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, PBS and the Washington National Opera as well as his work being set to ballets by Washington National Ballet and American Ballet Theater. 








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