Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Kristen Englenz’s “Pray For Rain,” featuring Blind Boys of Alabama. “Pray for Rain” is from Englenz’s forthcoming album, Ingénue, which was produced by Ken Coomer with executive producers Richard J. Lenz and Willie “Chuck” Shivers; engineered by Ken Coomer and Geoff Pillar; mixed by Joe Costa and mastered by Jonathan Pines. Ingénue will be released on February 20 by Saturn 5 Records.
“Pray For Rain” is Kristen Englenz on acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals, Music & Lyrics; Blind Boys of Alabama on featured vocals; Ted Pecchio on bass; Jason “Slim” Gambill & Joe Garcia on electric guitar; Robbie Crowell on keyboards; and Ken Coomer on drums and percussion. The album was recorded at Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville. Blind Boys of Alabama vocals were recorded at FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals.
The video was filmed by Duende Vision & Justin McFerrin; directed & edited by Corey Taylor & Sam Jaco; and produced by Saturn 5 Records. With footage of rain clouds, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Kristen Englenz, the song “Pray for Rain” is contextualized in a perfectly complemental visual milieu. Englenz very effectively harnesses a sense of healing and hope, and Blind Boys of Alabama magnify the potency.
My heart hurts for the division many of us feel among our human family, as well as the troubles in our natural world. “Pray For Rain” is a plea for understanding and direction. It’s hope for healing, and love – above all else. For so many different factors to have aligned to have my heroes, music legends Blind Boys of Alabama, sing on this song in particular is a dream come true and profound honor. They’ve inspired hope for 8 decades despite adversity and obstacles with their music. It is my hope that this song continues that legacy. — Kristen Englenz
Listen and order here: https://ffm.to/prayforrain or here: https://open.spotify.com/track/1NDNKH7zBFJp87QuhKzD9u?si=7mAcPSEwTaOT3dCROrzpPQ or here: https://music.apple.com/us/album/pray-for-rain-feat-the-blind-boys-of-alabama-single/1482983446?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4