Home Ground feat. Patti Austin

by Stephen Emmer

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Stephen Emmer's 'Home Ground' feat. Patti Austin is the title song, taken from the Home Ground album. Album out 9 June 2017.


The clouds are clearing now I see
These pictures burn into my mind
I flow like river to the sea
This is the time for us to stand on higher ground
And change the things that we can see
It’s funny when I look back on the things that I did
Everyone around me taking all the love that I could give
All my sisters
Take all my brothers arms
It’s all we need now
Like the rising of the ocean waves crash down
Feel the love
This is our home ground protected from above
By love and love and love is what we need
Now such different times are here 
We see through all our tears
The picture stayed the same
So let the whole world hear our voice
Our time is here our choice is what they’re waiting for

We know we have got a future 
So it doesn’t matter where we are now
Everybody come together and we can be free yeah
The lost will soon be found this time will last forever
This is our home ground
Now we’re like A Raging Ocean 
The waves are crashing down down down 
The waves are crashing down

And I hear a distant voice inside my head
And the world is changing now
This is our home ground protected from above
By love and love and love is what we need
Protected from above by love


released June 30, 2017
Music and Lyrics by Emmer and Gregory

Mixed by Bob Power, New York
Additional mixing by Stephen Emmer & Lau Kagenaar
CD and digital mastered by Chris Gehringer, Sterling Sound, New York
Vinyl mastered by Mark Wilder, Battery Studio’s, New York

Executive producer Joe d’Ambrosio
Associate producer Lau Kagenaar
Project coordination Maarten Bousie & Connie Kemp

Pre-production and recording by Stephen Emmer and Lau Kagenaar at Stephen Emmer Studios (Amsterdam & Hilversum)
Additional recording by Paul Power, Power Sound Studio, Amsterdam
Additional recording by Ronald Prent, Fieke van den Hurk, Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum
Additional recording by Bill Lefler, BL Studios, Los Angeles
Additional recording by Michael Freeman, CRC Studios, Chicago
Additional recording by Roy Hendrickson, Avatar Studios, New York
Additional recording by Lawrence Manchester, Milk Boy Studios, Philadelphia
Additional recording at The Village Recorder Studio, Los Angeles
Additional recording at Abbey Road Studios, London
Additional recording by Rob Macomber, Jazz Lincoln Centre, New York


Piano : Stephen Emmer, John Beasley, Lau Kagenaar
Drums : Yoran Vroom, Martijn Bosman, Joost Kroon
Drum programming : Stephen Emmer
Percussion : Jeroen de Rijk
Electric bass : Stephen Emmer
Double bass : Hein Offermans
Acoustic & electric guitars : Stephen Emmer
Keyboards : Stephen Emmer
Vibraphone, glockenspiel : Murk Jiskoot
Horns : Tom Beek, Matthias Konrad, Martijn de Laat, Bert Pfeiffer, Robbert Scherpenisse
Strings : Vera van der Bie, Marieke de Bruijn, Ian de Jong, Merel Jonker, Eilidh Martin, Ben Mathot, Isabella Petersen, Jasper van Rosmalen, Jan Willem Troost, Alex Welch

Backing vocals:

Judith Petra, Denise van Donselaar, Ivar Vermeulen, Laurens Kagenaar,
Shirma Rouse



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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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