Nestled in the heart of Minneapolis’ hip Northeast neighborhood, RiverRock Studios (formerly WaterBury Studios) houses state of the art recording systems and sound booths. Owner Joe Morris dreamed about putting that technology to work – beyond the usual recording gigs.
Owners Joe Morris and Eric Blomquist wondered how they could put their technology to work beyond the usual recording gigs. They didn’t need to look far for inspiration.
Joe’s wife, Teresa is a regular volunteer at The Bridge, working as a Family and Youth Counselor for the past three years. She plays an important role helping families heal from conflict. Teresa and Joe combined their interests with a project to support The Bridge.
“We had the studio and the technology,” said Joe. “We thought it would be fun to encourage local musicians to work together on a holiday CD. That would build awareness of The Bridge and would help raise money for the agency.”
Blomquist, owner and engineer, recruited legendary keyboard player Tommy Barbarella (formerly with Prince) to produce a holiday CD with proceeds benefiting The Bridge.
The musically well-connected Barberella put the word out to local A-list musicians. Eleven artists, including Voice contestant Nicholas David, signed on to record “Sounds of Giving”, a compilation of holiday classics (Joy to the World, O Holy Night, Merry Christmas Baby) and two original tunes.
“It was really fun to record Sounds of Giving,” said Barbarella. “We had such strong talent and every musician supported our vision of giving back to the community, and helping those struggling with family conflict.”
Barbarella and Blomquist teamed up and created an absolutely wonderful and memorable Holiday CD.
Sounds of Giving is available with a $25 donation to The Bridge. Order online and the CD will ship same day. CDs will also be available at these musical venues: