D.C.-based Producers Tapped to Score Original Music for STAND Documentary
Courtesy of TV | 6/4/2009, 6:10 a.m.
TV-One premiered a documentary that assesses the present state of Black America 40 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The 90-minute documentary, €STAND,€ was produced by broadcast journalist Tavis Smiley and aired on Sun., May 24.
The documentary is scheduled for rebroadcast on the TV-One cable network.
While the movie is chock-full of familiar classic R&B songs €" such as John Fogherty's "Proud Mary," James Brown's "Cold Sweat," and Isaac Hayes' & David Porter's "Soul Man," the viewer should listen for the unfamiliar tunes that hold the film together. These tunes are for the most part the creation of Nolan Williams and Rob Ellis, the Washington, D.C.-based production team tapped to score the original music for the film.
Landing the project was a tremendous opportunity for Williams and Ellis and serves as their foray into the world of film scoring. However, their individual industry experience has prepared them for a project of this magnitude.
Williams, CEO of NEWorks Productions, is a diverse songwriter and musician who has worked with artists ranging from legendary R&B singer Aretha Franklin to opera diva Denyce Graves. His compositions have been performed by some of the country's leading orchestras. A recording artist whose debut CD, €inSpiration,€ has just been released nationally, Williams is perhaps best known for his work as Chief Music Editor of the bestselling €African American Heritage Hymnal.€
His partner, Ellis, is a musician and producer (E2 Music Group) who has worked with an impressive array of gospel industry artists, including Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, Yolanda Adams and Chrystal Rucker.
Through their combined efforts, Williams and Ellis sought to capture the emotion of the film's most critical scenes. The movie€s supervising producer, Adriane Hopper, commends both musicians for their creativity.
"We couldn't have done this project without Nolan and Rob. The creative sensitivity they brought to the table was incredible. It raised the quality of this film to a whole new level," Hopper said.
The film's original musical score also features a collaborative interlude by Williams and singer-songwriter-producer John Stoddart; along with the memorable vocal stylings of tenor David Parker, who is featured prominently in the Mason Temple church scene.
To view €STAND,€ check your local TV-One listing to confirm the schedule.
For more information about the documentary, visit www.standthemovie.com.
More About Nolan Williams€
Williams is a musician, songwriter and musicologist whose boundless creativity has firmly established him in multiple arenas. His work as Chief Music Editor of the bestselling €African American Heritage Hymnal€ has been critically acclaimed, with sales surpassing 300,000 books worldwide. Williams has also written and produced music for television and film, including his recent work on the Time-Life-Warner "Voices" infomercial. Upcoming projects for Williams include serving as Artistic Consultant for the Kennedy Center€s national festival celebrating Gospel music next year and a return to his alma mater, Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, next fall to conduct master classes and serve as Music Director for the Northern Ohio Hymn Festival. www.myspace.com/nolanwilliams