Close To Life feat. Frank McComb & Leon Ware

by Stephen Emmer

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The late Leon Ware contributed to Stephen Emmer's upcoming Home Ground album by vocally recording “Close To Life” in a collaboration with Mr Frank McComb.

Leon unfortunately passed away on 23 February 2017. He was an amazing songwriter and performer in his own right. We can't thank him enough for all the great music, for being a true inspiration to Stephen Emmer and many others out there as well as for his amazing contribution to the album. He's being deeply missed.

Album out on 9 June 2017


There is a time when we once were
The ones who said we don’t want war
No conflict over land or race
Not glorifying a disgrace
Never ever more

The years have passed and nothing’s changed
So people feel they’re quite estranged
To all the lovers of today
Give peace a chance and on this day
Unite and shout out come what may
Bring it close to life

Every time you ‘re listening to your own heart
Close to life
Stay close to life

The way to go is the way ahead
No looking back, no old regrets

Constant conflict over land, religion or race
300 million refugees: such a disgrace
So many people leaving their Home Ground
Where strangers become soldiers
Turning it into a battleground
Boats flood the oceans to head for another place
Where the police turns nomads in as a race

And 'What’s going on' still is the number one phrase
Home is where you're never alone
Close to life and not on your own
Go where you feel you belong
Life belongs to you and you alone
That’s what makes you strong

Stay close to life

Strong is when you make others strong
Help them to see what is not there
Knowing nothing is meant to last
Like your brother there
Cherish moment to moment
Love long, love strong

Stay close to life


released June 2, 2017
Music and lyrics by Emmer

Vocals by Frank McComb & Leon Ware

Frank McComb appears courtesy of Boobeescoot Music

Pre-production and recording by Stephen Emmer and Lau Kagenaar at Stephen Emmer Studios (Hilversum & Amsterdam)

Mixed by Bob Power (New York)

Additional mixing by Stephen Emmer and Lau Kagenaar

Mastered by Chris Gehringer, Sterling Sound (New York)

Executive Producer Joe d’Ambrosio



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Stephen Emmer Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Stephen Emmer’s latest musical offering Home Ground combines the eloquence of spiritual, orchestral soul music with socially conscious lyrics. It addresses contemporary concerns within the timeless musical excellence of classic soul combined with the sonic impact of the 21st century. The songs are vocally performed by a careful selection of musical icons from the last 5 decades.

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