New York, NY: Project Grand Slam (PGS), the contemporary electric jazz group, has today released their version of the classic Hollies hit, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," with Special Guest Vocals by Joye Hennessey. The song is dedicated to the victims of child abuse, relating to the Penn State sexual abuse scandal.
Like millions of people across the United States and the world, the members of PGS were horrified to learn of the sexual abuse allegations connected with Jerry Sandusky in the Penn State University football program. PGS was completing its new album when they realized that He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" was particularly appropriate to the Penn State scandal. The song's title was the motto for Father Flannigan's Boys Town charity, which was created in the early 1900s to help disadvantaged and abused children. The song's message of support for victims and the abused is consistent with Penn State's healing efforts following the sexual abuse scandal. Therefore, PGS decided to immediately release He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" as a single, and to donate proceeds from the song to benefit the victims of child abuse.
The song is currently available for download on iTunes
. The song will also shortly be available for online streaming from Spotify, Napster, Amazon and others.About Project Grand Slam
PGS's debut album, Play, released in 2008, garnered rave critical reviews. A track from the album, The Captain Of Her Heart," with guest vocals by Judie Tzuke, was a Top 20 radio hit. In addition, PGS and five tracks from Play were prominently featured in an episode of the hit NBC series, Lipstick Jungle," starring Brooke Shields.
The core members of PGS are Robert Miller (Electric Bass, Composer), Ron Thaler (Drums, Percussion), and Gilad Ronen (Saxophones, Composer). Each has significant and extensive musical credentials. He Ain't Heavy" also features guest artists Mike Eckroth (Keyboards), Danny Lerman (Saxophones), Justin Smith (Strings) and Joye Hennessey (Special Guest Vocals).
PGS's follow up album containing He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and seven other original tunes, will be released in early 2012.