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Distributed by Universal Music Operations 2017.
Released on 16/6/2017.
Recorded in London, New York and worldwide.
Lead Vocals - Cassidy Janson, Jonathan Hoard, Saida Tani, Sarah Connolly
Guitar - Mark Lettieri
Bass - Michael League (USA), Dan Swana (UK)
Drums - James Nall
Piano - Michael Solomon Williams
Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Joe Morris (UK), Mike Maher, Justin Stanton, Jay Jennings (USA)
Trombone - Raphael Clarkson
Alto Saxophone - Yasmin Ogilbie
Tenor Saxophone - Jonny Griffiths (UK), Chris Bullock, Brian Donohoe (USA)
Electric & Acoustic Guitar - Brad Allen Williams
Guitar - Bob Lanzetti
Keyboard - Bill Laurance
Conductor - James Burton
Union Chapel Live Choirs - 200 singers from across the country.
Worldwide Choirs - Pihcintu Chorus, Vietnam Miracle Choir, Barazina Youth Choir, KL Young Singers of Kuala Lumpur, German Choir of London, Choir with No Name, Reggae Choir, Nossa Voz Brazilian Choir, Goa University Choir, Chiltern Music Academy, Big Noise Chorus, Songlines Choir, Windham Chamber Singers.
Music and Lyrics - Michael Solomon Williams
Horn arrangements - Raphael Clarkson
String Arrangements - Tom Pigott-Smith
Choral Arrangements - Michael Solomon Williams
Music Consultant - Toby Young
Audio Engineers – Dan Weinberg & Camilo Salazar
Mixing Engineer – Dan Weinberg
New York Audio Engineer - Brad Allen Williams
Camera Direction – Jack Harrison & Ben Crabb
New York Cameras - HighBreed Productions
New York Camera Director - Nicole Birch
Video Editing & Post Production – Christopher Rithin
Video Direction – Michael Solomon Williams
Common and Kind was founded in June 2016. On the morning of the 24th of June, in the aftermath of the tragic loss of Jo Cox, the divisive impact of the EU referendum and divisive action and rhetoric across the world, Michael's social media post called upon people to respond to division by demonstrating the power of music to bring communities together in positive collaboration. The response was phenomenal. Thousands of people reached out across the world, from countless genres and nations. To channel the offerings of so many, Michael wrote Human Kind. Including quotations from John Donne (‘No man’s an island’) and Jo Cox (‘More in common’), the song was conceived to be adaptable for a wide range of musical styles and abilities, and to be recorded across the world, creating an international music video bringing people together from all communities, cultures, nations and musical genres.
Human Kind was recorded live at the end of a collaborative concert held at the Union Chapel in London on Tuesday 2nd August 2016. With a huge line-up of solo artists, massed choral and orchestral forces, it was an extraordinary evening of music spanning genres and crossing borders. Since then, choirs and soloists from across the world sent in their recordings. They include Pihcintu, a choir combining refugees from Cambodia, China, Congo, El Salvador, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, West Indies, and Zambia, and amazing choirs from Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Scotland, India, Malaysia, the UK and USA. Featured soloists are are Cassidy Janson, Sarah Connolly, Jonathan Hoard, Saida Tani and nine members of Snarky Puppy.