JUST IMAGINE PEOPLE UNITED

By Vincent Lyn

VINCENT LYN AT ATLANTICO BLUE STUDIOS, PORTUGAL

Just Imagine — that on earth all human beings were united as one, living together in harmony. We all know how beautiful that would be. What a wonderful world it could be…

Four years ago my colleague Melissa Bailey (Melissa B), an incredibly talented singer/songwriter/performer and fellow Grammy artist approached me and said, “Why don’t we write a song about global peace?” 2017 was a devastating year with natural disasters such as catastrophic floods, wildfires and earthquakes affecting millions across the globe. So, it certainly seemed like then was the right time. And so I sat down at the piano and jotted down some chord changes and a bare melody, and over the course of a few weeks had something that I liked. I passed it along to Melissa and she started writing some lyrics. Months passed and we threw ideas back and forth and made some brief changes and then Melissa called up a friend Armand Hutton who collaborated with her on adding some changes to the lyrics. But the song sat collecting dust, weeks went by, then months and years passed.

Fast forward 2021 and those natural disasters have increased ten-fold. COVID-19 continues to ravage the world. We are seeing not only a 100+ year pandemic but also the effects of climate change that we can no longer as a global society just brush under the rug. Even more depressingly, the study from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) shows that the world has gotten progressively less peaceful since 2017. Out of 162 countries, 151 of the world’s nations are currently involved in some form of conflict. It is sad to say, but there are currently ongoing wars in 40 countries, most of them in the Middle East, North West Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and a major ongoing drug-war in Mexico.

If there ever was a time to release a song about global peace and uniting people now was the appropriate time. Look around, the world is on the precipice of catastrophic proportions unlike anything we’ve seen in over 100 years. COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our world. Many parts of the world are still locked down and many of us took true value in the solitude and made good use of the time. For example, I wrote a book on my humanitarian experiences that has just been published with Barnes & Noble — CHILDHOOD LOST

BARNES & NOBLE & AMAZON — HARD COPY, PAPERBACK, E-BOOK & KINDLE VERSIONS
THREE VERSIONS RELEASED INCLUDING WORLD REMIX & INSTRUMENTAL
WORLDWIDE ITUNES MUSIC CHARTS — SECOND WEEK AT #3 & 4
AMAZON INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CHARTS BESTSELLERS #4

Just Imagine People United then rose from the ashes. It woke us all up to the calamities ravaging our world, the timing was right, the stars were aligned, and we all felt that the release of Just Imagine People United needed to happen. It took on a globe-trotting production and connection of artists, musicians, producers all over the world and together with my international foundation We Can Save Children an amazing initiative was formed.

Melissa recorded her lead vocal in NYC. I traveled to Portugal to record the piano part and met with cello composer Manuel Faria and prodigious cellist Irene Lima and together we recorded our parts. But the song needed a choir and it had to be the orphaned youth I worked with in Uganda. My first meeting with Buyinza Morgan was in 2016, when I went to Uganda on a humanitarian mission to aid him and the 300 orphaned youth that were at his high-school. Buyinza, now 20-years-old, has been leading a group of singers called the Precious Choir. I called Buyinza and told him about the song and he was very thrilled to be a part of the project, and so the Precious Choir recorded their parts in Uganda. All the members traveled a few hours by bus or boda boda (motorbike service), from their village in Wakiso District to the capital city of Kampala. There they would all be huddled together in a cramped and spartan recording studio, certainly by western standards. There were days they had no electricity and would just sit around for hours waiting and praying it would come back on. But it was all worth it. It was the icing on the cake, and we all felt magic had been made. To think we all recorded this in the far reaches of the world during a global pandemic. It’s truly astonishing. Melissa Bailey (Melissa B)and I created a small seed 4 years ago and together with co-lyricist Armand Hutton, now the world can hear our magic.

MELISSA B
VINCENT LYN
IRENE LIMA
BUYINZA MORGAN far left with the PRECIOUS CHOIR
A gomesi or busuuti is a colorful floor-length dress. It is the most commonly used costume for women in Buganda and Busoga. Traditional male attire is the kanzu.

“The visual arts, like music, can be vehicles for peace, so it was a special experience for me to create the drawing for the cover of Just Imagine People United, following the invitation by Nuno Olim Marote. Just as it was a privilege to feel the harmony in the encounter with Vincent Lyn, through martial arts and meditation: to find an admirable man, available to the universe and to others. His serenity and his generosity are reflected in his music on behalf of peace.” — Joana Vasconcelos (contemporary visual artist renowned for her monumental sculptures)

Just Imagine People United — both Remix and Original versions for the second week at #3 and #4 respectively on the Worldwide iTunes Music Charts!

Amazon International Music Charts #4 New Releases and #6 BestSellers

Nomination Hollywood Music in Media Awards — Adult Contemporary

Submitted to Grammy Awards — Best Global Music Performance

Just Imagine People United — Click on link for complete video of song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGarUKezz7o

Just Imagine People United

Vincent Lyn — Song Composer

Melissa Bailey & Armand Hutton — Lyrics

Melissa Bailey — Lead Vocal

Vincent Lyn — Piano

Irene Lima — Cello

The Precious Choir Uganda — Backing Vocals

The Precious Choir Uganda (committed to Edu-tainment)

Choir Director — Buyinza Morgan

Choir Members — Buyinza Morgan, Tusuubira Elam, Nassanga Diadre, Ssozi Samuel, Kisaakye Rachael, Seyiga Herman, Birungi Dorcus, Wandera Dennis, Kikato Solomon, Kasiriivu Isaac, Kayitana Daisy, Nangendo Resty, Nuwagaba Gilbert, Tumukunde Wilson, Nabweteme Evelyn

Smart Chord Records, Uganda — Recording Studio for Choir Vocals

Sound Engineer — Lubega Jacob

Cello Composer — Manuel Faria

Atlantico Blue Studios, Portugal — Recording Studio for Piano & Cello

Sound Engineer — Marco Silva

Krematorium Studio NY, USA — Recording Studio for Lead Vocals

Sound Engineer, Mixing & Mastering — Michael Ashby

Executive Producer — Nuno Olim Marote

Producer — Vincent Lyn — We Can Save Children

Producer — Armand Hutton

Producer Remix — Damion Daniels

Creative Consultant — Charlotte Ghigliazza

Creative Consultant — Matthew Shell

CD cover artwork— Joana Vasconcelos

Music Distribution — Amada Records

Vincent Lyn

CEO/Founder at We Can Save Children

Director of Creative Development at African Views Organization

Economic & Social Council at United Nations

Middle East Correspondent at Wall Street News Agency

Rescue & Recovery Specialist at International Confederation of Police & Security Experts

Founder-We Can Save Children. Director Creative Development-African Views Organization, United Nations. Middle East Correspondent at Wall Street News Agency