Nine Beats Collective

Nine Beats Collective

An international tribe of troubadours

Nine Beats Collective is an international tribe of troubadours, poets, rebels, provocateurs, sages & activists. We’ve come together from different continents, different cities, and different experiences, all on the trail of the ancient Bible sayings known as ‘the beatitudes’.

The Nine Beats Collective consists of the following members:
Steve Bassett
Tony Bean
The Reverend Vince Anderson
Aaron Niequist
Mikael Rahbæk Andreasen
Heatherlyn
Ambassada
Caleb Quaye
Deborah Pritchard
Dr. Barry Taylor
Martin Trotman
Eric Wilson

The international tribe of troubadours

Members Nine Beats Collective

Steve Bassett

Steve is a writer, presenter, creative director, documentary maker & storyteller. He’s worked in more than 34 countries, often alongside vulnerable communities. His music credits include chart singles, tours, albums, TV [Top of the Pops, CH 4 Big Breakfast, BBC 1 Daytime Live, The Roxy ITV 1], & radio, numerous international events, campaigns & initiatives. As well as contributing to the song writing on the album he is also the originator and Creative Director for NINE BEATS.

Tony Bean

Tony Bean is the CEO and founder of the company. 5.A.M. Studios. Tony is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. His first love and main instrument is guitar, for which he is well recognized and respected, particularly on the gospel circuit where he started out. He developed as a session musician and has worked with a variety of artists ranging from gospel group Nu Colors to rap artist Coolio. Having to hold down the production chores for 5am has meant a decline in his live appearances, but his guitar work can still be heard on many of 5am’s productions. Tony’s range of musical influences is wide and varied from R&B and Jazz, to Reggae and Rock; this can be heard in the variety of music he has produced. Tony Bean Produced the 9 beats album and he collaborated to the song writing of some of the tracks .

The Reverend Vince Anderson

Born in Fresno, CA. (The raisin capital of the world), Vince moved to New York City in 1994 to study at Union Theological Seminary with the intention of becoming a Methodist minister. The Reverend lasted 3 months in seminary, before sensing a new direction to take his music and message to where the people were, into the bars and taverns. He promptly started holding weekly “Services” in New York’s Lower East Side and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition, he serves as a pastor and musician at three New York City Churches; City lights Community, Barstool Tabernacle, and Bushwick Abbey. The Reverend calls his music, “Dirty Gospel”, a term reflective of both his musical influences and his theological perspective. He has released 4 albums as well as playing a weekly show in New York City for over 20 years with his Brooklyn based band “The Love Choir”. He’s toured internationally as well as playing with artists such as The Roots, Daniel Johnson, and Melvin Van Peebles. His band includes members of TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, Nick Waterhouse band, and Burnt Sugar. Rev. Vince is currently setting the book of Psalms to music.

Aaron Niequist

Aaron is a worship leader, songwriter, and pastor in the Chicago area. After majoring in music theory and composition at Judson University, he joined the student impact staff at Willow Creek Church. After leading worship at Mars Hill Church (Grand Rapids, MI) and then returning to Willow Creek Church (Barrington, IL), he created A New Liturgy – a collection of modern liturgical worship recordings. Currently, Aaron is curating a discipleship-focused, formational, ecumenical, practice-based community at Willow Creek called “The Practice”. He’s married to Shauna, a popular blogger and author whose latest book hit the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists.

Mikael Rahbæk Andreasen

Mikael is a musician and award-winning composer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, who primarily works under the moniker Kloster (the Danish word for monastery) which at the same time is a solo project, a band, and an ever-growing collective counting more than 50 people. This eclectic collective has created a collage of ideas as people pass through with their own offerings. The songs circle around spiritual matters and tend to focus on vocal melodies wrapped in beautiful chords and tones. Mikael has released six critically acclaimed albums. The latest, “Half Dream, Half Epiphany”, was nominated as album of the year at The Danish Music Awards. At the Steppeulven 2016 event (an annual music award show curated by the Association of Danish Music Critics) Mikael won the award as composer of the year. He has performed in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, England, The Faroe Islands, Germany, and USA. Aside from his work as part of the Nine Beats Collective, Mikael is writing songs for a new national song book in Denmark and working with a Danish theatre company on a performance to premiere in the spring of 2017.

Heatherlyn

Originally from the East Coast of Maine, Heatherlyn made her home in the Midwest (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA) and regularly contributes music in communities seeking to be peace and compassion in the world. With a diverse international audience, she is recognized as an artist bridging what we hold in common and celebrating our beautiful difference. Her sophomore recording project, entitled Storydwelling, is created with diverse roots including the sonic influences of Reggae, Americana, Rock, Blues and Soul. She is inspired by the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi and by the music of artists like Bob Marley, Eva Cassidy and Michael Franti and Spearhead and projects such as Robert Plant’s Band of Joy and Mavis Staples You’re Not Alone. With lyrical themes of social action, considering how we each are conduits of peace and hope in our world, Heatherlyn has presented with Youth Frontiers and Youthrive: LIVE (Midwest affiliate of Peace Jam International), as well as schools, civic groups, faith communities and legislative summits. She tours and presents with award winning photographer and author John Noltner with A Peace of my Mind, has collaborated with Restoration Village presenting on behalf of the 1000 Days Movement and in 2015, travelled 35,000 miles across North America by van with author Doug Paggit in support of his book tour, Flipped. Before closing out the year by traveling to the New South Wales region of Australia, supporting author and philosopher Peter Rollins. Developing a unique sustainable model for her work Heatherlyn spent the summer of 2016 in the Rocky Mountains, participating in a 3-month artist-in-residency, writing music and contributing her artistry and expertise to community life. She has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Rigoberta Menchu Tum, President Oscar Arias Sanchez and Dr. Shirin Ebadi; environmental activist Will Steger; child safety advocate Patty Wetterling and Peter L. Benson, former president and CEO of Search Institute, one of the world’s leading authorities on positive human development. Heatherlyn has been honored twice as a Midwest Regional Finalist and awarded the Midwest People’s Choice of NPR’s Mountain Stage/NewSong Performance Contest.

Ambassada

Ambassada became one of the most prominent artists on the African scene with a multi-award winning first album, “Natamani”, in 2004. His massive hit single, ‘Watote Ikane’ advocated Children’s rights and led him into the humanitarian world that is still a core part of his work. It also led to lining up with Black Mambazo, P. Diddy, Yossour N’Dour, amongst others. Further albums like ‘Yaka’ continued to rank him as one of East Africa’s youngest, best-selling and best performing artists. In 2008 he took a break for study and his humanitarian projects, headlining the Action Aid “Get On Board” Aids Eradication Campaign, and being engaged by Oxfam as a G8 poverty eradication campaign headliner in East Africa. He became a become a UN Ambassador to Children in 2010. Today, The Ambassada Foundation works in slums and children’s homes around Nairobi. Coming back to music with a bang in 2012, he moved to Nairobi Kenya to belt out some of his best tunes including “Ayaya” (ft Danie), “Take Me”, and a more controversial release, “Kani” (Kanisa) that addressed issue in the 20th century church. Now based back in Monster Studios in Kampala, Uganda, we’re thrilled that Ambassada has agreed to collaborate with this project, bringing a unique African vibe and voice.

Caleb Quaye

Born and raised in London, England, Caleb became the signature guitarist of the 60s/70s working with Elton John, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, and many, many more – Caleb’s legendary guitar work is part of rock history. A radical transformation experience set Caleb on a new path in 1982 when he was dragged along to church by Chester Thompson (Weather Report, Frank Zappa and the Mothers, Genesis/Phil Collins), eventually becoming a pastor and worship leader with the Foursquare church. His autobiography, ‘A Voice louder than Rock n’ Roll’ was published in 2006, and a documentary of his life is currently in production. Caleb’s band ‘The Faculty’, featuring world–class musicians, still performs, with Caleb ‘playing Light’ in his inimitable Style! Today Caleb is currently serving as an Elder of Worship at The Church On The Way and is also part time faculty at Shepherd University/Cornell School of Music in Los Angeles. He travels the world as a “Musicianary” using music as a transcultural means to reach people with a message of hope!

Deborah Pritchard

Deborah has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, released commercially by NMC, Signum and Nimbus and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Singers, Manchester Camerata and the English String Orchestra. As a synaesthetic composer she has worked with numerous visual artists including Maggi Hambling, Hughie O’Donoghue, George Shaw and Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. Her violin concerto ‘Wall of Water’ after the paintings by Maggi Hambling was performed at the National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Theatre and held to critical acclaim by Gramophone as a ‘work that will take ones breath away’. She studied composition with Simon Bainbridge for her MMus Degree in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded her DPhil from Worcester College, Oxford where she studied with Robert Saxton. She currently teaches composition at both the University of Oxford and Leeds College of Music. She was composer in residence at the Lichfield Festival, 2016 through the Sound and Music Embedded scheme.

Dr. Barry Taylor

Dr. Barry Taylor (theologian, professor, writer, cultural commentator, artist, musician, film music composer and famously converted when on the tech crew of AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ uber-rock n’roll tour). A talented song writer, he has composed music for movie soundtracks and has produced his own music CDs. Barry travels globally, speaking on a wide variety of issues related to the intersections of theology and contemporary culture. He co-authored A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture and A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity. His latest book, Entertainment Theology: New Edge Spirituality in a Digital Democracy, was published in 2008. Fatai (born Fatai Veamatahau) is a Melbourne-based singer who soon after being a semi-finalist on the first season of The Voice penned a deal with Mercury Records Australia, [part of Universal Music] where she spent two and a half years under their direction and guidance, selling out her own first headline tour spanning Australia and New Zealand in 2014, before launching out as an independent artist in 2015. She’s toured as main support to Boyce Avenue (USA), Guy Sebastian (AUS) and David Ryan Harris (USA).

Martin Trotman

This smooth, soulful and exceptionally skilled pianist, vocalist, composer, musical director and producer boasts an enviable collaboration list that includes 80’s diva Jackie Graham, Peter Andre, and has supported artists like Nile Rodgers, Soweto Kinch and Smokey Puppy. As a producer and composer, Martin has penned and recorded scores for film, TV and ads, and created arrangements for emerging artists, managing their portfolios and nurturing fresh new talent. As a performer, Martin can range from a full-on jazz experience, a soulful solo performance mixing soul, jazz and RnB, to a tight 8-piece band.

Eric Wilson

Eric serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University. He’s a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and religion blogger for the Huffington Post, and an award winning playwright and theatrical director. His work has been published and performed around the country including the John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. Eric’s book, Faith: The First Seven Lessons was released autumn 2016.

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