With the release of a new studio album, The Texas Tenors hope to inspire and help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The Texas Tenors members are donating all proceeds of their latest lead single, “RISE,” to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey through the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. The trio aims to heal others through music.
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by this catastrophic disaster,” band member Marcus Collins said. “We believe that no matter the crisis or strife, we will all come together to lift each other up and rise to help those in need.”
“Our title song, ‘RISE’ is inspired by the strength and perseverance of Americans in times of great adversity and it is only fitting that 100 percent of all proceeds of the song will go toward supporting the ongoing relief efforts,” Collins said.
The vocal group wanted to do anything it could to help with Hurricane Harvey relief and the release of its new album and single perfectly aligned with what was happening in Texas, band member JC Fisher said.
On Aug. 25, Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, about 200 miles south of the county. The storm moved up the Texas coast and dropped more than 50 inches of rain in some areas, inundating some cities with devastating flooding and displacing thousands of people because of damage to homes.
The Texas Tenors will tour at various venues in Texas and play in Galveston on Dec. 15 at The Grand 1894 Opera House. The group intends for its music to do more than just engage residents, Fisher said.
“We want to first and foremost entertain everyone who comes to our concerts, but we also want to uplift and inspire folks,” he said. “We want them to leave the concert feeling empowered and full of hope. Christmas is such a joyous time and we want to get everyone in the mood to celebrate by not only gift giving and decorating the tree, but celebrating the birth of Jesus and the blessings the holiday brings.”
The Texas Tenors’ latest album, “RISE,” features a 65-piece orchestra and full choir with original orchestrations. Texas Tenor member John Hagen hopes the feel-good themes of the music will lift spirits.
“RISE,” released on Sept. 8, includes orchestral arrangements of “Amazing Grace,” The Righteous Brothers’ “Lovin’ Feelin’,” John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and an emotional rendition of the patriotic Irving Berlin classic “God Bless America.”
“When you listen to this music, you can’t help but be inspired, it is infectious,” Hagen said. “We want to infuse entertainment with a positive message that’s so rare in today’s music.”
Having previously filmed a PBS special in Galveston, returning to the Gulf Coast is meaningful and gives The Texas Tenors a purpose, Collins said.
“It is our home and we never forget it,” he said. “Returning to the area for several concerts is important to us and a highlight of our tour. Houston is our home base and we want to help however we can.”
The Texan spirit is resilient and this Southern attitude is something the band hopes to instill in listeners going forward, Collins said.
“Texas is tough and can get through the worst of times,” he said. “We carry that strength with us every day on the road and try to do our best to represent Texas and the United States around the world to the best of our abilities.”