Sherlie Matthews sings on We Are All The Same Inside, CD Launch Held 10/24
Whom do legends Barbra Streisand, The Bee Gees, The Supremes, Diana Ross, Cher, the Jackson 5, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, The Temptations, Steely Dan, Linda Ronstadt, and Cass Elliot all share in common?
None other than Sherlie Matthews, who carved out a decades-long carrer as a singer, record producer and songwriter working with the likes of those artists and dozens more household names from the pop music pantheon, from Motown Records and beyond. The versatile vocalist has also been heard on the theme songs for the film "Mahogany" and the classic television shows "Wonder Woman" and "The Wonder Years." At Motown, she was known as the go-to gal for pitch!
Sherlie Matthews website: www.sherliematthews.com
Now, Matthews has teamed up with the T.I.M.M.-E. (Tolerance in Multi Media Education) Company for "We Are All The Same Inside: 10th Anniversary Commemorative Single" and DVD, "The Inside Story." A special 10th anniversary edition of the book is also available.
We Are All The Same Inside ®, the book and accompanying Sage doll, was created by artist and educator Timothy D. Bellavia, to celebrate a message of tolerance among all peoples while also embracing each other's differences. Bellavia himself has toured over a hundred schools over the last decade, using his props to teach human diversity to children, and picking up many awards along the way. "Working with Timothy was a dream experience. Realizing he needed help with the music component of his WAATSI project, I volunteered to write the theme song for him. We ended up co-writing the lyrics for the song, We Are All The Same Inside." says Sherlie Matthews. "I gathered a lot of inspiration and actual lyrics from reading his children's book by the same title, and from input from Timmy. He is so full of ideas and so easy to work with that the song was completed in 'record time.' Like Timothy, I feel that the song will be an inspiration to everyone who hears it ..."
Matthews assembled the instumental backing tracks and composed the children's songs music, while collaborating on the lyrics with Bellavia. The lyrics were heavily influenced by the just reissued 10th anniversary edition of We Are All The Same Inside® children's picture book, which includes a brand new, eye-popping cover, lesson plans, paper dolls, and the original 32-page story, featuring the lovable and recognizable alien, Sage.
With recent news about clashing religions over the Ground Zero mosque controversy, online and campus bullying that leads to suicide, and continuing skirmishes about immigration and gay rights, the We Are All The Same Inside ® - Sage doll-making workshop message is needed more than ever. More info: www.weareallthesameinside.com
The Brooklyn Historical Society will launch the 10th Anniversary event on Sunday, October 24, from 1-3pm. The dolls created for this event will honor notable musicians connected to Brooklyn and participants will have the chance to create their own Brooklyn Sage doll with glitter, yarn, leather, rhinestones, beads and more!
The CD is available on www.amazon.com and all of the products will be available at the Brooklyn Historical Society CD launching event.
The Brooklyn Historical Society is located at 128 Pierrpont Street, Brooklyn, NY, 718-222-4111. For more information go to: www.brooklynhistory.org Suggested donation is $5 at the door.