Tributaries: The initial sources of the AFAR Musicians comes from the 1980’s as codependency concepts merged with the addiction research of Dr. Patrick Carnes.
History now records that the decade of the 1990’s witnessed an unfolding interrelationship of circumstances for the initial blending of addiction research and psychotherapeutic healing within Nashville, TN. Some of Nashville’s music communtiy participated in this psychotherapeutic healing process as offered by Life Management Center, Inc. Through diverse LMC psychotherapueutic group experiences, several talented musicians began to recognize their common passion for recovery. Assisted by layers of personal healing, several musicians began merging their new emotional health into their song writing professions. Various songs of recovery and the recovery journey came to be heard in Nashville.
In 2000, the documentation of the American Foundation for Addiction Research (AFAR), was received and distributed by Max and Kathleen Haskett to many of their Life Management Center clients. Some musicians asked if they could help AFAR some way. The encouraging response from AFAR was to create the AFAR Musicians, who first performed at the Radio Café in Nashville on June 21, 2001 for the renowned writer, speaker and therapist, Dr. Patrick Carnes. He was impressed enough to take us on the road with him. Through AFAR and the support of the Nashville music community, the CD “Voices from AFAR” was produced within a few short months.
Since that first show in Nashville, we have played all over America to appreciative audiences both in and out of recovery. It has been our goal to share our experiences in recovery through our music, but not limit its commercial appeal. We hope that our music will not only help and encourage people, but that they will be thoroughly entertained by it.
Paul Jefferson moved to Nashville in 1993. Shortly thereafter, he became the first country artist to sign with the then-new record label, ALMO Sounds and began touring with such artists as Trisha Yearwood and Dwight Yoakam. The [Nashville] Tennessean named Jefferson one of the Top 5 artists most likely to achieve stardom. He wrote the No. 1 hit, “That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You” for Aaron Tippin. His own critically acclaimed singles include “Check Please” and “I Might Just Make It.” To support his ALMO Sounds release, Jefferson formed a band, which was managed by international talent impresario Miles Copeland. During a songwriting retreat at Copeland’s castle in France, Jefferson met Porter Howell. The two are now recording their second album together. Paul also is a producer and sound engineer. He is currently working on the new AFAR projects. https://www.tradebit.com
Boh Cooper, from St. Petersburg, Florida, began taking piano lessons at the age of eight, and has been playing professionally since 1982. He has traveled and performed with artists such as Kim Carnes, Michael W. Smith, Michael English, Steven Curtis Chapman, Rascal Flatts, Loverboy and Peter Cetera. He has a Classical Performance Degree from Belmont University and has a passion for counseling. “My heart beats now to give back what I’ve gleaned from my own recovery journey, a” says Cooper. “I have been waiting 10 years for an opportunity to perform recovery/healing music. Voices from AFAR is an answer to a prayer.” https://www.tradebit.com
Sherrie Phillips was born and raised in Northern California. She began singing in church at the age of 5 and has been singing professionally since 1987. She has toured and traveled with her original rock group Hangman’s Daughter and sang with greats such as Pat Benetar, Three Dog Night and Eddie Money. She has just completed producing and singing lead for a gospel project titled “Magdalene Messengers.” Deeply called to be of service and participate in healing music she has been singing with the Afar group since January 2004.
Vee Maurice, from Nashville, TN, began his study of guitar at theage of eight. He left home 10 years later to make his living traveling the United States, Canada, and Australia playing Contemporary, R&B, Modern, Indie, Rock, and Classical Music. Between his time spent performing with various artists and bands, Bishop taught guitar and attended University classes on a full music scholarship. While living in St. Louis Vee became a serious student at the University of Missouri intent on his bachelor''s degree in Classical Music. Bishop recieved his degree in 2003 with honors along with a virtuoso classical guitar as a gift from the University of Missouri in St. Louis and the Buder Foundation. During several points in his adult years, Bishop lived in Nashville, TN and developed meaningful and important relationships with like-minded musician friends there. Soon after his graduation form the University of Missouri, he returned to Nashville to play with new artists with Sony, RCA, and Arista Records. He is pursuing Classical Music on a Graduate level while sharing his experience, strength and hope via the arts.
This file is sold by music, an independent seller on Tradebit.