BJ THOMAS & THE MUSIC ROW CHOIR  *  WRITTEN BY SANDY KNOX  *  PRODUCED BY MARK PRENTICE

The We Are Houston Project

In 1982, Houston native Sandy Knox, wrote a song called WE ARE HOUSTON and entered it into a contest sponsored by a local radio station, KRBE. The contest was looking for the definitive song about Houston. Even though Sandy’s song came in second place in the contest, it went on to become the most requested and received the most airplay.   

After watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey ravage her hometown of Houston, Sandy pulled the song WE ARE HOUSTON out of retirement and decided to put it back to work to raise money for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.   

She called her dear friend and fellow Houstonian, BJ Thomas to ask if he would be interested in singing the vocal. Without hesitation, BJ, a 5-time Grammy winning artist, said yes.  Mark Prentice, Grammy-winning producer and legendary bass player, agreed to come on board to produce the record.     

Everyone who became involved with the project donated their time, talent and services, from the recording studios to the  40-plus members of the Music Row Choir who provided the background vocals. All gave of their hearts and souls to make this project happen.   

All money raised when you purchase WE ARE HOUSTON will go directly to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund via our partnership with The Middle Tennessee Community Foundation.    

Please check out and like our WE ARE HOUSTON/BJ THOMAS page on Facebook.   

Thank you for all of your support!  

 

 

MORE ABOUT SANDY KNOX

About the same time as she wrote WE ARE HOUSTON, Sandy wrote another song with fellow Houstonian Billy Stritch, called “Does He Love You” which later went on to top the charts at #1 with Reba McEntire and Linda Davis.  Sandy moved to Nashville in 1983 to pursue her career as a songwriter. She went on to be a Grammy-nominated writer, with songs recorded by Reba McEntire (Does He Love You, Why Haven’t I Heard From You, She Thinks His Name was John), Neil Diamond, Linda Davis, Patti Labelle, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick and Liza Minnelli. Sandy is the owner of the Indie label Wrinkled Records, and is the creator of The First & The Worst, an annual fundraiser benefiting Music Health Alliance.  Sandy has served on the Board of Nashville Songwriters International, The Recording Academy (The Grammys) and is currently on the Board of Directors for Music Health Alliance. 

 

ABOUT BJ THOMAS

 Billy Joe “BJ” Thomas is a true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits have secured his place as one of the legendary artists of all time.  The native Houstonian, a five time Grammy and two time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years.  Thomas came to achieve mainstream success  in 1968, first with "The Eyes of a New York Woman", then five months later with the much bigger "Hooked on a Feeling".  "Hooked on a Feeling" became Thomas's second million-selling record. A year later the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid featured Thomas performing the Bacharach/David song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", which won the Academy Award for best original song that year and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1970. Sales of it also exceeded one million copies, with Thomas being awarded his third gold record. Other hits of the 1970s were "Everybody's Out of Town", "I Just Can't Help Believing"  "No Love at All"  and "Rock and Roll Lullaby". 

In 1975, Thomas released "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" and secured him his fourth gold record.  In 1981 Thomas became the 60th member of the Grand Ole Opry. During the 1980’s,  many of his singles reached the country singles chart, including two 1983 chart toppers, "Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love" and "New Looks from an Old Lover", as well as "Two Car Garage", which reached No. 3. Thomas scored another hit, recording "As Long As We Got Each Other", the theme to Growing Pains in 1988. 

On April 2, 2013, Thomas released The Living Room Sessions, an album with acoustic arrangements of well known hits. It features guest appearances with established and emerging vocalists accompanying Thomas on seven of twelve tracks. 

In 2014, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences inducted his 1969 single "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"  into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

BJ continues to tour and perform all over the country each year.  

ABOUT MARK PRENTICE

Mark Prentice is a Grammy Winning Record Producer, and an in-demand studio musician, music director, and hit songwriter. His versatile and exhaustive music industry resume` includes recording and performance credits with renowned County Artists as well as various Internationally known Pop, R&B, and Rock-n-Roll Artists, including: Elvis Costello, John Fogarty, Desmond Child, The Fairfield Four, Lyle Lovett, BJ Thomas, Delbert McClinton, Ricky Skaggs, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash, Don McLean, Crystal Gayle, Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra), Jennifer Nettles, Michael McDonald, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Hornsby, Felix Cavaliere, The Young Rascals, Charley Pride, Steve Earle, Allison Morer, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Ben E. King, John Oates, Pat Boone, Patti Page, Lady Antebellum, Rodney Atkins, Holly Williams, Bo Diddley, among others. 

Mark spent 2013 on tour as bassist and Musical Director for “Once Upon A Dream”, a Steven Van Zandt production featuring the reunion of the Young Rascals. 

Current projects include producing the latest project for Grammy Hall Of Fame artist B.J. Thomas and playing on and touring a new Don McLean record as well as music for two feature films, a television show and various Artist projects.

THE MUSIC ROW CHOIR ......VOCAL ARRANGEMENT BY ETTA BRITT AND MARK PRENTICE

Etta Britt    

Sheila Lawrence 

Vickie Carrico

Michelle Prentice

Bruce Chanel 

McKenna  Hydrick  

Dianne Davidson 

Kerri Powell 

Josh Matheny

Kenny Foster 

Andrea Pearson 

LeeRoy Parnell

Kim Copeland 

Lisa Oliver Gray 

Georgia Middleman 

Bobby Tomberlin 

Kim Fleming 

Kyle Wyley 

 

 Ray Stevens 

JT Hodges   

George Pendergrass  

Leslie Satcher  

Bill Whyte  

Shelly West   

Jason Eskridge  

Linda Davis 

Bob Britt  

Rachel Kate  

Mac Gayden  

Olivia Jones  

Ann McCrary  

Esther Nicholson 

Janelle Arthur 

Duane Allen  

Kathy Walker

We would like to thank the following for donating their time, talent & services:

 

BJ Thomas

Gloria Thomas

Sony Tree Studios- Nashville 

Adam Englehardt -Sony Tree Studios

Mike Walter-Sony Tree Studios

Sam Raymond-Sony Tree Studios

Doug Wayne Holmquist /Mastermind - Nashville

Larry Hall Productions

The Tracking Room- Nashville

Matt Leigh-The Tracking Room

Bryce Roberts-The Tracking Room

Luellyn Latocki Hensley

Bob Ridge /Music Row Films

Brandon New

Pascal Lim

Angela Talley /Angela Talley Photography 

Musicians:

Paul  Leim -Drums and percussion

Catherine Styron Marx  - Piano

John Reno Prentice - Guitar

Bill Hullet  - Acoustic  Guitar

Mark Prentice-Bass

Larry Hall — Strings 

Deanna Loveland - Harp

This project could not have been brought to completion  with out the  generous help and guidence  of:

Susan Henson....................Leighton Linning,Esq...................Andrea Franden 

Katie Gillon..............................Phil Kurnit,Esq.......................... Rosey Fitzpatrick