RM Productions’ Single Mantra For Good People Song and Video Kicks Off With Screening Launch Party July 27th in L.A.
Award-winning Latin Grammy Producer Kenny O’Brien
Singers From Across the Nation and Globe
Come Together for Love and Peace
LatinHeat Media Institute (LHMI), a nonprofit organization in association with RM Productions will host the anticipated release of Mantra For Good People song and video on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6:30 PM at a launch and screening event at the Charlie Chaplin Theater located at Raleigh Studios, on 5300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
The night’s program will begin with the presentation of Chub, a short film directed by Samuel Albis about bullying before the big Mantra song reveal.
RM Productions’ Raquela Mejia, a former professional singer and music coordinator, discovered a song a few years ago and knew she would one day record it. In 2015, when the negative political rhetoric started, she felt this would be the perfect time to record this magnificent song written by Tom Van Ruiten.
“I wrote Good People at a time when I was feeling overwhelmed by negativity in the world. It felt like I was being suffocated by the bad. The old adage ‘the squeaky wheel gets the grease’ seemed to be applying only to the negative,” said Van Ruiten. “Good People is a plea…to the positive people of the world to draw attention to themselves and their actions, so as to serve as a synergistic catalyst for good…empowering and enabling others to draw upon a collective strength to do more good than any one person could on their own. Like a nuclear reaction of positivity, initiated when good people ‘stand up and show this whole world that there’s love still alive’.”
“I contacted my friends, talented vocalists to help me, and without hesitation they all jumped on board,” recalled Mejia. “Just about everyone participating donated their talent and time and their generosity has profoundly touched me.”
On January 9th, over a dozen singers gathered at Abstract Studios in Glendale to record the English version. A week later, performers gathered again to record the Spanish version. The singers flew in from all over the nation and abroad, paying for their own transportation because, “It was important that we remind America and the world, that we are all of the human race and the majority are ‘good people’ who inspire compassion, empathy and humanity,” said Mexican singer, Dinorah.
Lead singer, Natalie Fernandez, echoed liked sentiments: “The fact that in 2016 a song like ‘Mantra’ is something so new and refreshing speaks volumes about the state of the entire culture. Singers came together to lend their voices to an idea or concept that gives their audience hope, joy, and knowledge.”
YouTube singing sensation and Hostile Border film actress, Veronica Sixtos said she did not hesitate to participate because she loves the positive vibe of entire project. “It was so honestly refreshing to be a part of this amazing song. It felt great knowing that you’re partaking in an effort to inspire and empower people through music—what a great way to respond to the unfortunate high profile rhetoric happening today against people.”
In addition to the singers and musicians, Mejia pulled together a film crew consisting of young up and coming filmmakers, some still in college. “I’m honored to be able to give them their first official credit,” beamed Mejia. In addition, she got photo and video clips donated by many film and TV executives and artists to contribute images.
Dylan Garcia, a singer whose career was stalled by a serious illness is thrilled to able to lend his voice for this important song. “I’m deeply grateful to Raquela [Mejia] and the amazing Kenny O’Brien to have taken a chance on me and allowed me to jump start my career again. The song is profoundly touching and positive.”
Mex-Tex singer and Hacienda Power Hour radio host, Michelle is equally excited. “It is an honor for me to be a part of the ‘Mantra For Good People,’ because this song represents the inner love in all of us. A love that guides to help, care and support one another, which makes this world a better place,” she stated.
Singer, songwriter, actress, rapper, activist and international
recording artist, Maria Isa, flew in from Minnesota to lend her voice. During the recording session, it was obvious that the song needed a rap bridge, and we all turned to Maria Isa. It took her less than 20 minutes to write a profound addition that magically just fit and worked to perfection. Likewise, she also transcribed it into Spanish for the second version of the song. Maria Isa, last year starred in David Llauger Meiselman’s Strike One, a film starring Danny Trejo and Johnny Ortiz.
RM Productions was honored to have the sponsor support of L.A. real estate firm, Lowell & Vanderbilt, LLC partners, Cesar Melendrez and Paul Argueta, who also serve as Executive Producers for the all-English video production. http://www.lowellvanderbilt.com. A second important sponsor is real estate entrepreneur, Sonia Cabrera, from Sonia Cabrera Group, whose contribution goes toward the launch party.
“It was important to attract sponsors with like empathy and compassion for humanity,” declared Mejia. Beverage and spirits sponsor is by Rémy Martin, publicity by Espada Herrera & Associates, and Hot Mess Cocktail Dress.
Mejia’s long-time friend, five-time Latin Grammy Award Winner Kenny O’Brien, did not hesitate to sign on. “Sometimes, no matter what your profession is, if there is an opportunity to give back to an industry that has been so good to you and at the same time help uplift and bring about goodwill, then it is essential to help,” O’Brien avowed.
O’Brien, a legend in his own right is also an accomplished singer, producer and vocal arranger and has worked on Michael Bublé Christmas album, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, Enrique Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Luis Miguel, Alejandro Sanz, Lionel Ritchie, Christina Aguilera, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli and Destiney’s Child. O’Brien has also worked on music scores for films such as The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Assassins, You’ve Got Mail, That Old Feeling, Sesame Street, and a few episode of the classic Frazier TV sitcom. He has also been successful in the commercial entertainment industry and produced and arranged music for popular brands such as Coca- Cola, Coors Beer, Target, Pepsi Cola, Miller Genuine Draft, McDonalds and the California Lottery.
“Mantra For Good People”
Song Release, Music Video Screening
Wednesday, July 27, 2017, 6PM to Midnight
Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles, CA
5:30 PM Press Arrivals
6:00 PM Red Carpet
7:00 PM – Welcome and screenings
Intro of Mantra Singers, Producers and Q&A
Mantra For Good People Launch Party closes out the evening
Mantra For Good People Performers:
Alana Nikole, Natalie Fernandez, Annaliza Torres, Maria de Barros, Dinorah, Maria Isa, Carlos Mario, Leandro Castillo, Adan Castillo, Veronica Sixtos, Jacob Kelso, Dylan Garcia, Ralph Dudley, Vanessa Verduga, Karin, Amber Garcia, Deadra Stanley, Stella Milano, Mila Nieves, Michelle Chel, Chris Chatham
Voice Over Artists: Alejandro Vargas Lugo, Arturo Gonzalez, Maurice Taylor
Vocal Arranger/Music Producer: Kenny O’Brien
Producer: Raquela Mejia
Executive Producers/English Video: Cesar Melendrez, Paul Argueta, Lowell & Vanderbilt LLC
Music Video Director: Arturo Zuniga
Music Editor: BLC Studios
Mastering: John Greenham
English Songwriter: Tom Van Ruiten
English Rap Bridge: M.I. Perez/Maria Isa (BMI)
Spanish Songwriters: Raquela Mejia, Natalie Fernandez, Anna Lopez
Spanish Rap Bridge: M.I. Perez/Maria Isa (BMI)
Musicians: Michael Thompson, Louis Mendez, Jessie Rhodes, Doug Boulware, Mark Einhorn, William Crutchfield, Andrew Flores
Sign Language: Kookie Williams
Film Crew: Julien Perez, Wyatt Irmen, Landon Carter, Emi Aguirre, Lara Aguirre, Leslie Rincon, Danh Vuong
Recording Studio: Abstrack Studios, Glendale, CA
Craft Services: Deanne Young, Carmen Martinez
Production Coordinator: Lupita Ybarra Smith
Guitars Sponsor: Gibson USA
Photo Credits: Julie Carmen/Robert Sturman, Liza Pano, Araceli Ofelia, Brianna Tapia, Heather Osborn, Casandra Moreno Lombera/Uganda Mission/Amie Acuña , Alejandra Chavez, Tom Van Ruiten, Marilla Perez, Fabiana De Lucca, Rory Castillo, Mar Medina, Angel Guzman Garcia, Maria Isa/JMS Photos, Daniella Mejia
Video Credits: Erika Hernandez, Michelle Chel/Hacienda Records
Public Relations: Elia Esparza, Espada Herrera & Associates
Mantra Angels: Wayne and Daniella Mejia, Bel Hernandez/LatinHeat Media Institute, BeLisa Serna, Sonia Cabrera, Jordan Strowder/Sotarica LLC, Mary Chuy, Maria Mandril Hernandez, Jesus and Olivia Rocha, Maclovio Perez III
Mantra Sponsors: Lowell & Vanderbilt LLC, Sonia Cabrera Group, Access Badge, Latin Heat Magazine, Remy Martin, Espada Herrera & Associates, Eva Bello at HMCD, Gibson USA Guitars
“Mantra For Good People” is a nonprofit project co-presented by LatinHeat Media Institute. Profits will benefit children’s performing arts programs and LHMI.
On Thursday, July 28, 2016, “Mantra For Good People” can be purchased and/or streamed on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.