What The World Needs Now Is ‘Make Love Not War’ - New Music for 9/11 by Nina Jo Smith

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Redwood River Music announces Nina Jo Smith's new single on indie label Musik and Film, a ukelele reggae inspired by the events of 9/11 penned with a light touch. This song is a swinging “Little Boxes” for the 21st century.

Nina Jo Smith (songwriter, ukelele, vocals) returned to music after a long silence. For twenty years after her younger brother was murdered, Nina Jo devoted herself to anti-violence work. She studied martial arts, founded The SAFE Place at San Francisco State University and taught self-defense to more than a thousand people. When Nina Jo returned to performing in the late 90s, she discovered a renaissance of guitar-based song and receptive audiences of all ages. Nina Jo brings the focus and passion of a martial artist to her gentle music. “Make Love Not War “ was recorded in Ojai, California as part of her forthcoming album, People, Places and Sings. The single is available at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/make-love-not-war-single/id549590021

Nina Jo and best friend Scott Eckersley co-wrote “Make Love Not War “after 9/11. Scott had been a draft resister during the Vietnam War and received a rare Presidential Pardon from President Gerald Ford. The two friends bring a lifetime of thought, feeling and wit to this song.

Alan Thornhill (bg vocals) has backed Hoyt Axton, Kate Wolf, Jim Messina; composed for Messina and Kenny Loggins and released three of his own CDs. He is an award winning guitarist (The Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship), an oft-covered songwriter and a unique and soulful singer. Alan’s most recent release is Guitarpenter’s Dream on the Matilija label.

Martin Young (producer, guitars, bass, Hammond B3) has worked throughout the U.S. in major markets and on national television shows including The Tonight Show, Letterman and Good Morning America. He backed country singer Clint Black on the road and in the studio (guitar, 16 years). Martin has also performed with Martina McBride, Don Henley and others. Martin produces independent artists’ custom CD projects and runs Music City Demos, based in Nashville, TN.

The music is published by indie music publisher, Redwood River Music (BMI) http://redwoodrivermusic.biz/ and distributed by Musik and Film http://www.musikandfilm.com and The Orchard. Musik and Film’s Radio promotions division has released the song to over 13,000 radio stations in 60 countries and is adding radio stations daily for airplay.

“Nina Jo brings back everything I loved about the 1960s, the dream of peace, the power of love and a disdain for the war machine. This is a perfect time for that emotion to resurface, and her song "Make Love Not War" really hits the nail on the head... but with a flower instead of a hammer. Another thing I love about it is that I keep hearing Bob Marley in my head! I believe Bob would have loved this one as well.” - Michael Buffalo Smith, http://universalmusictribe.com/

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