Atlanta funk ensemble Voodoo Visionary will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Off The Ground, on Friday, February 17, 2017. The group will be celebrating with a show that night at Aisle 5 in Atlanta, where they will be joined by Alabama’s Little Raine Band and Tennessee’s Opposite Box. Voodoo Visionary’s last two Atlanta shows were both sold out performances, playing at Terminal West on December 3rd where they opened for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Jimmy Herring, and previously on November 18th at Variety Playhouse where they opened for TAUK.
To get a glimpse of the action, Voodoo Visionary has shared a live video from the Variety Playhouse, performing their debut single “Hold Tight” from the upcoming album. You can listen to the studio version of “Hold Tight” here, and catch the live version in the video below.
Voodoo Visionary is also releasing their second single from the new album, titled “Hero On The Horizon.” In March of 2015, Voodoo Visionary was approached by Austin Atteberry from the Sing Me A Story Foundation, who asked them to participate in an effort to bring the voices of children in need to the world through music. The premise behind Sing Me a Story is that children in need create stories about anything they want, and songwriters turn them into songs and send them back to the kids. In partnership with Camp Twin Lakes, a network of camps in Georgia providing programs for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges, and SweetWater 420 Fest, performing artists had the opportunity to record a song onsite at the festival.
Voodoo Visionary chose a story by 11 year Noel from Camp Twin Lakes, called “A Hero On The Horizon.” In the story, Noel is a robotics genius who can talk to animals, his sidekick, Hunter, is a tiger with a robotic leg, and their nemesis is Natura, who can control nature. Noel brilliantly describes Natura’s weaknesses as a giant ego and overconfidence. After defeating Natura, Noel humbly returns home, cloaked from the public eye, and wonders if being a superhero is worth it given that his loved ones would be endangered if his secret identity was ever discovered. Just as he is about to give up his heroic antics, he gets an alert of more people in danger and knows it is his duty to rescue them. Noel’s story of adventure, internal conflict, and ultimate selflessness inspired Voodoo Visionary to adapt the story into a song, which they debuted at SweetWater 420 Fest and will include on their upcoming album.
The song is available to stream and download now from the Sing Me A Story Foundation website. A minimum donation of $1 will receive an mp3 download with the donation receipt, and all proceeds are split between Camp Twin Lakes and Sing Me A Story Foundation. You can also read Noel’s original story below.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Morét.
Video courtesy of Kyle Indiana Robbins.