Rachel’s fourth album release of heartfelt tunes that capture the joy, pain, and resilience of life and love.
© 2015 Rachel Cole Music. All songs used by permission.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Piano, Keyboard, Strings, Arrangements
Massachusetts native Peter Vantine has been composing, arranging and producing music professionally for nearly 30 years. His music has been featured in concert as well as various media outlets, including The Biography Channel, The Discovery Channel, MTV, PBS, Warner Brothers Online, Salem Wax Museum, and The Learning Company. He was the grand prize recipient of the 2001 Turner Classic Movies Young Composer’s Competition and has produced over 30 music CDs(many of which include his own music) while arranging or performing on many others. As soon as he played the first notes of “King of the Road” at age seven, Peter knew he would continually be put on the spot to play piano for friends and family members wherever he went. Thankfully, this did not deter him from a career in music. Born in Massachusetts to photographer Richard Vantine and visual artist Ruth Vantine, and growing up in a very musical and artistic family, it was inevitable that something would eventually rub off. His first concert experience at age eight was the beginning of a life-long journey of musical exploration, honing his craft as pianist and organist. He studied with many piano and composition teachers, each one providing something unique to his musical education. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Film Scoring and Music Production & Engineering from Berklee College of Music, a Master’s in Music Education from Boston University, and held the position of Pastor of Music (where he led worship and directed music groups) at Middleton Congregational Church for 28 years. In 2014, Peter’s solo piano album Prayerful Improvisations was nominated for Album of the Year by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, and Christian Album of the Year by SoloPiano.com. Since then he has recorded two additional albums in the Prayerful Improvisations series. In 2016, he began working with Mark Gordon Fee and First Loved Ministries, producing music/media and directing the day-to-day operations of the organization. Along with being blessed by his wife and two children, building and nurturing relationships (with Christ and one another) through the gift of music is a vital aspect of Peter’s life. In all that he pursues, especially in music, he strives to touch the heart through faith, hope and love.
Guitar, Vocals, Arrangements
Peter Tentindo is a professional guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, and recording artist from the Boston area. As a full-time musician, his talents run the gamut from performing and writing to producing and teaching music. He describes his brand of rock as “eclectic, melding together a wide array of styles and drawing inspiration from The Beatles, KISS, 80s Rock, and modern electronic pop.” He’s also an extremely respected studio musician, doing session work for a variety of national and local artists. His most current musical venture is called Venus Mars Project, a pop/rock band he formed with singer/songwriter, Jacyn Tremblay. Since they began collaborating, the duo has released four singles (“#LaLaLaLove,” “Not Gonna Stop Me Now,” “Jump In,” and “Hands of Time”) and two videos, and recently had the honor of opening for the legendary Jacksons on their 50th Anniversary Tour. Peter is also the guitarist and vocalist for America’s Truly Authentic Bon Jovi Tribute Band Wanted DOA. This amazing band performs live shows around the country to sold out crowds of screaming fans and have a very dedicated fan base themselves. An established session guitarist, vocalist, and arranger, Peter’s versatility has afforded him work alongside a broad spectrum of artists both on stage and in the studio throughout his career. He served as backing band leader for Jimi Jamison, former lead singer of the band Survivor on multiple occasions. Other performance credits include opening for national acts including Alice Cooper, Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath), and Queensryche. In the studio he’s worked with many well known artists including legendary heavy metal vocalist Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), pop singer/actress Juliette Goglia, hard rock vocalist Veronica Freeman (Benedictum) and the soulful Erika Van Pelt (of American Idol fame). Music isn’t where Peter’s passion ends, though. He volunteers his talents to humanitarian and health causes. He’s involved with Voices of Hope Boston, a volunteer non-profit organization raising funds for Massachuetts General Hospital’s Termeer Center in the fight against cancer.
Lou Spagnola is the hardest working, most sought after bass player in the Boston area. His playing can be heard in the song “LA Woman” in the film This Thing of Ours, “Nothing Stays the Same” in the film “Serial Intentions” and in the song “All Because of You,” by Chris Emerson, which hit #21 on the Billboard A/C charts and was featured in an episode of “Dawson’s Creek.” Lou is featured on the Stryper album “Reborn,” and his bass and vocals have been heard thousands of times at Fenway Park and on Boston radio stations in Mike Verge’s much loved “Let’s Go Red Sox” tribute song. He was also the bass player for series of commercials for Bermuda Tourism, one of which was shown during the Super Bowl.
BILL (BASH) MELANSON
Bill has a passion for drumming and his talent, enthusiasm, and creativity make him a highly in-demand live and studio player. He honed his skills in Drum and Bugle Corps, and earned the nickname “Bash” for being a hard hitting, hardworking, solid drummer for the well known Boston hair metal band IROKK. Bill has been featured on
several compilation CDs put out by Versailles Records as well as many recordings, including the debut album of recording artist Katet; “Quantum Journey” with special guest Michael Sweet of Stryper and the band Boston.
Ken Clark is internationally known as one of world’s greatest jazz organists, and has won the New England Blues Society Keyboardist of the Year in 2006, 2009, and 2011. The founder of the Ken Clark Organ Trio, Ken has produced and performed on 5 CDs of original music.
A stellar solo performer, he can be seen more than twelve times per month at standing performances in the Boston area. He also performs with Acoustiphonics at special events in the entire New England area.
Andy Reiner is an award-winning fiddler, composer and educator who began playing at age five with the Reiner Family Band. He earned a BM in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music and has toured around the world with Devil in the Kitchen, FiddleFoxx, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Firecloud, and The Earth Stringband, on the American Music Abroad tour for the State Department, and at Lincoln Center. Andy currently tours both as a solo artist and with Colorado jamgrass band Whitewater Ramble, and composes fiddle tunes, songs, new works, and arrangements for string orchestra. He teaches improvisation, composition and fiddle styles privately and at music camps across the US. Andy’s compositions have been performed by the Berklee World Strings at the Kennedy Center, the Berklee Performance Center, and national ASTA conventions.
Gilda has been singing and writing songs since she was a child and has been a prolific performer since. She has performed in Europe, St. Thomas, Copenhagen, as well as at the Blue Note and Soul Café in New York City. Her concert choir tours have included Michael Bolton, Reba McEntire, and Celine Dion. She has an extensive songwriting catalog, and won the USA Songwriting Contest for her original composition “Reality Check” and her song “Natural Thing” was featured in the film “American Desi.
Vocalist on “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
Tricia Pine has starred in many concerts, musicals, and operas throughout the US and around the globe, highlights include New York City, Japan, Austria, and England. She has a Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music in Vocal Performance. Tricia is founder and owner of Rejoice In Your Voice™, a international vocal instruction studio that guides professional singers, actors, speakers and business owners to develop their strong, confident and expressive voice. Tricia feels truly honored to make an appearance on this CD.
Guitar on “Stop the World”
Robbie Stiefel is a Colorado based music producer, film scorer, guitarist and songwriter. His song “Game I’m In” was featured in the award winning 2010 Sender Films “ Point Of No Return,” and he composed extensively for the 2014 feature film “Jeff Lowe’s
Metanoia.” Robbie’s versatility and genre-spanning talent make him a much sought after live performer and studio musician in the Colorado area.
Producer, Sound Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Mastering
When it comes to recording and mixing music tracks, there is no one better. A recording genius, with tremendous scope and vision, Kenny’s several hundred independent albums and film and television recordings show his versatility, musicianship, and overall excellence in this extremely competitive field. To put it simply, you will not find a more talented, hardworking, inspired, and ethical head of studio anywhere.