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Special Music Feature and Q&A: Christopher Ferguson

Hi, readers! I am beyond pleased to announce a very special post today on ILRB. Here is a great new music release by writer and musician Christopher Ferguson. Please help me in welcoming him back to this romance blog! 😉

Christopher Ferguson is giving look at his romance album, With Love, today.

Great cover!

 

This is the info on With Love:

With Love is a project started by the musician/composer, Chris Ferguson of Northern Alabama. Begun originally as a small collection of love songs, the project has grown and become a campaign to offer support for other charitable organizations that offer music, performance and educational services to schools and local communities. The current roster of charities that With Love supports is listed on the webpage http://www.wearewithlove.com. The website also includes original writings that have been featured on NPR, and original songs published on Reverbnation.com.

Currently featured on Reverbnation, the song “Beautiful Tears Will Fall” has 7.3 million listeners worldwide and With Love is ranked #1 locally (Northern Alabama), #1 regionally (Southeast U.S.), #1 nationally (U.S.) and #1 globally on Reverbnation. With a focus on hope, compassion and thoughtful self-reflection, the songs and stories from With Love offer a way for everyone to think of our life experiences as a part of a shared journey.

We also have a real treat for you, readers. Today we get to speak with the musician and composer.

Marie Lavender:  Hello, Chris. Please have a seat.

Christopher Ferguson:  Hi, Marie! Great to see you again.

Marie:  It’s such a pleasure to have you here! Please tell us a little about With Love. What brought you to create it, and what is your origin story?

Chris:  I met a musician that changed everything that I knew. His name is Tim Noah. I started playing bass for him at his concerts and I saw that what he offered was not just music. It was much more than that. He started a live performance theater and invited anyone and everyone to participate. Young and old, experienced musicians and pure beginners, everyone is welcome to share their talent and message. It created a community that cares for one another. His efforts have been recognized with six Emmy awards. It’s really quite amazing.

Marie:  Nice! 🙂

So…you are a musician, but you are also a writer. Tell us something about that.

Chris:  There is an organization in Northern Alabama called The Huntsville Literary Association (HLA). It has about 200 members, which includes professional writers, university English professors, poets, and novelists. Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird) and Billy Collins (Poet Laureate of United States, 2001-2003) have been members. I was invited to become a member because of a story I wrote that was broadcast on NPR about a 75 mile wilderness hike I took. The Poetry Group of the HLA intrigued me and I joined that group. We meet every month and present new works that we read aloud and everyone offers feedback. It has helped me to write more meaningful messages in the form of poetry that I then turn into songs. The HLA has also helped me to become a better short story writer as well, which I  write for NPR.

Marie:  Wow, isn’t it fascinating how the muse works? And such a great resource for you to develop your writing. Sounds like fun.

Any new works we should know about?

Chris: Well, I like to read the New York Times. Recently, I saw a story about a girl that lived in Sarajevo during the Serbian War in 1993. It was a really touching story. She was in high school and had been asked to go to the prom by her boyfriend. But the war interrupted that and she never got to go. Her family moved away from Serbia and she never saw her boyfriend again. Until twenty years later, when she got a text message from a mystery phone  number. It was her high school sweetheart asking her to go to the prom…again. The story really touched me.

So, I wrote a piece called “A Simple Thing” that presents the story in a narrative and song form. The song features Keith Taylor (piano), and Ingrid Marie (vocal) and myself on upright bass. It was produced by Phil Williams. I really love what he did for the production, a great, artistic result.

Marie:  So cool! Your music and writing resonates with the ILRB audience. It’s great when someone finds us because of a link that was included on another website like With Love.

Chris: Yes, I have been surprised at how the romance novel audience has embraced With Love. It just shows that there are some really passionate people interested in what the I Love Romance Blog offers. Such a cool and fun collaboration.

Marie:  Aww, thanks! Can you tell our readers where and how to find your music and writing?

Chris:  Sure, a new website was created for With Love earlier this year.

Of course, With Love has a Facebook page too.

And the website used for publishing music is called Reverbnation.

Marie:  Thank you so much for letting us know more about your music and your story. I am sure that our readers will find something they can enjoy and share with others. Best of luck!

Chris:  Thank you, Marie. It is always great to talk with you, and the I Love Romance Blog is really what we all need right now, I read it often!

Marie: Awesome! ♥♥♥

Readers, check out one of the songs, “Beautiful Tears Will Fall”, here!

 

Also, here’s Christopher’s new release and single on Reverbnation called “A Simple Thing”, featuring Ingrid Marie on vocal, Keith Taylor (Dean of Music, Univ of Alabama, Huntsville) on piano, and Chris on acoustic bass, produced by Phil Williams. Plus a live verson on YouTube! 😉

Wow! Thank you for telling us about your album! It looks wonderful!  😀

Readers, don’t forget to check this album out at ReverbNation. You’re sure to be moved by these songs!

Writer/Musician Bio

My name is Christopher Ferguson. I am primarily a musician/composer (….a bass guy) and have also been writing for NPR for the last couple of years, as well (mainly just short stories that I narrate and that get broadcast on our local NPR station here in Alabama).

I call my brand of music “With Love”. The music is piano, bass and vocal. It is intentionally not loud or aggressive. I am writing gentle songs, that are soft and require the attention of a listener, with the intent of giving them something to use to reflect upon their own thoughts and feelings of love.

Link

Website:  http://www.wearewithlove.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/musicbywithlove/

ReverbNation:  https://www.reverbnation.com/fergusonandwithlove/songs

 

Thanks again, Christopher! We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime, perhaps with your next musical release. 

Happy listening, everyone! 🙂

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Love, Honor & Hope Charity

An author friend of mine asked me to post a little something about this great charity event going on.  A group of authors are teaming up to release an anthology of eight full length novels. The proceeds from the sale of this amazing ebook set will benefit the United States War Veteran’s PTSD Foundation.Inc.

 

These are the authors involved:  Jennifer Theriot, Aubree Lane, Jennifer Yarbrough, Diane Rinella, Kelly Cozzone, Linda Lee Williams, Cherime MacFarlane, and Sammie J.

 

The Facebook release party runs for three days from June 26th to the 28th.

 

8 Authors, 8 Labors of Love, 1 Fantastic Cause

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For 30 days some of Amazon’s best selling authors bring you 8 full-length novels in “Love, Honor, & Hope.” All proceeds benefit “The United States War Veteran PTSD Foundation, Inc.

 

Here are some of the highlights of the novels included in the anthology:

 

Out of the Box Awakening – Jennifer Theriot

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Olivia has the picture perfect life. She’s got it all and doesn’t want things to change. Swept from her life in Houston, Olivia finds herself in Chicago, alone, betrayed, and far from home. Everything she thought she knew is about come crashing down. Ash is the man who has everything—everything except healing from the losses of a lifetime. His peace lies in the flow of music pouring from his guitar. What happens when the married woman and the handsome sexy widower are thrown together by fate?

 

Early One Morning – Aubree Lane

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He was the dark haired deity with a salacious smile. 2600 miles away Terence Javier’s senior portrait was being drooled over by a teenaged all-girl choir. Years later Marrisa runs into the choir’s heart t, Annie, catches the red eye and foils her plan. This envious act uncovers a scandalous affair, and their lives will ever be the same.

 

Lost and Found – Jennifer Yarbrough

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Olivia’s life drastically changes in the blink of an eye when she and her family are in a tragic accident that leaves her the only survivor. Flash forward to a year and a half later when her best friend Claudia forces her out of the house where she meets multi-millionaire Cash Kingston. Cash has his own inner demons, but all of that changes when he meets Olivia. Will Olivia take him up on his offer to work for him or will she run back and hide from the world where she felt safer?

 

Scary Modsters … and Creepy Freaks – Diane Rinella

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Rosalyn lives out of her time—bringing ridicule for her eclectic wardrobe and far-out music collection. Niles’ offbeat character is the perfect complement—but he possesses a critical flaw. Rosalyn accidentally summons Rock deity Peter Lane back from the dead. He’s the precarious puzzle piece that brings sense into her world. Since Niles can defeat his challenge by helping Peter avenge his death, how far will he go to secure Rosalyn’s heart?

 

Tropical Dreams – Kelly Cozzone

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Betrayal and death permeated Tiana Alexander’s past and threatens to rip apart her future. Bringing Tropical Dreams to life is the culmination of facing all life has dealt. David Murphy walked into her club and made her want to trust and love again. Can David keep her alive long enough to find out who is after her? Can he put aside his own demons for her? Can they overcome deceit, betrayal and more death? Or will life finally take its toll!

 

Sisters of the Night – Linda Lee Williams

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Meet Emaline, Juliana, and Gretchen…not your usual “sisters.” Emaline…beautiful and beguiling. Will a regular man break this vulnerable vampire’s heart? Juliana…glamorous and alluring. Will this arrogant vampire end up losing the love of her life? Gretchen…lovely and enchanting. Will this powerful vampire be able to hang on to her charming but fickle vampire lover? Three “sisters,” three love stories…Will they have a happily ever after?

 

Heart of the Hunter – Cherime MacFarlane

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Jay Leighton, back from Afghanistan, lives in the Copper Basin. Alone, the hunter is trying to heal. The last thing he needs is to be brought face to face with the pretty new teacher. His head is not ready his heart is lost. Leda, just out of school, has no time for love. There is something in Jay she needs. Leda worries about her reputation. She should stay away from Jay. Who is the hunter here?

 

Piece of Heaven – Sammie J

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Aaron Calnan has seen enough of the horrors of war. He wants to put it behind him. But when he takes a strange military posting for an organization called RUM, he has no way of knowing the challenges he will face. Now, Aaron finds himself immersed in a world where humans work within the realms of the paranormal. Then, one encounter changes everything and Aaron finds his life turned upside down. Will he finally find his own piece of heaven?

 

Join this amazing event and check out the anthology all during the month of July!  🙂

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