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'Heartbeat of Home' commemorative album


Heartbeat of Home is a state-wide musical collaboration featuring Maine artists that brings together the power of spoken word and music. This 12-track album highlights Maine, its communities and those who inspire positive change by serving the greater good. One of the main purposes of this album is to serve as a conversation starter as to why volunteer service is a critical component of keeping the communities we love vibrant and thriving.

The album

Heartbeat of Home album features 12 tracks of spoken word and musical numbers, centered around three overarching themes: Maine; stories, history and movements from our communities; and a hope for the future.

A live adaptation of the album will be presented on Oct. 11 at the Waterville Opera House as part of the 25th anniversary gala celebration of AmeriCorps service and the Commission’s work to foster volunteer service across the state. After the event, the album will be available for purchase via digital download. The project is led by Maine Celtic singer and producer Kristyn Murphy.

"The combination of music and words is an ancient way of uniting people in a way that motivates, inspires, and gives courage when ‘conventional wisdom’ might push in the opposite direction," says Murphy. "Heartbeat of Home is meant to be a celebration of the Maine quality of life that volunteer and community service builds and sustains. The project is also meant to be a conversation-starter, an inspiration for those who want to solve a problem but doubt they have the power to be the change."

The artists

Heartbeat of Home will feature original and newly-recorded spoken word and musical numbers, as well as selected recordings by Maine artists. Those who have lent their tallents to the collaborative music project include:

  • David Mallett
  • Don Roy
  • Dave Rowe
  • Jim Gallant
  • Marianna Filippi
  • Margaret Jones
  • Dave Morrison
  • Rachel Rivera
  • Evelyn LaCroix
  • Bil Toizer
  • Kristyn Murphy
  • Jack Fossett
  • Maine Governor Janet Mills