In August 2020, amid the seemingly insurmountable restrictions of a global pandemic, five unique musical spirits gathered in the stunning countryside of western Portugal to record an album together. Living and working under one roof, Justin Stanton, Gisela João, Michael League, Louis Cato, and Becca Stevens were led by one simple guideline: that each participant must co-write a song with one another. The result is Mirrors: a dynamic and introspective collection of songs that not only serves as a testament to the artists’ versatile talents but also to the power of human connection.
November 12, 2021
The concept of Mirrors is simple: bring five unique musical spirits under one roof to each co-write a song with one another, yielding ten songs that are personal to the respective pair of songwriters yet are all unified through the collaborative co-production and recording process. Recorded just outside of Portalegre in the Alto Alentejo region of Portugal, the artists - one residing in Spain (Michael League), two in the USA (Becca Stevens and Louis Cato), and two in Portugal (Gisela Joāo and Justin Stanton) - came together in late August amidst the nearly insurmountable restrictions to travel and conventional means of working together that COVID-19 has enforced upon people around the globe. A collective spirit of urgency and yearning for the creative process led to the birth of, I believe, a truly special set of dynamic, personal, and powerful music that captures each artists’ singular voices while simultaneously casting it through new and vibrant prisms forged alongside their compositional counterparts.