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(January 14, 2015)- Tucked deep below the sea in Portugal’s Azores, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, lay a charismatic ecosystem of breathtaking marine life that just happens to be the set for the new video in SJ’s “Covers & Others” series. Each video in the Covers & Others series showcases the remarkable work of a specific organization’s global scientific, environmental, and/or social pursuits through a video set to one of SJ’s unique cover song recordings. The latest video, produced by the non-profit organization Project Baseline, takes viewers over 200 meters under water to provide a captivating glimpse into a scientific expedition that studied the beautiful and endangered marine life of the Azores.
For the Azores expedition, Project Baseline’s highly experienced divers partnered with scientists from the Institute of Marine Research and the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries of the University of the Azores. Together, and with the help of Project Baseline’s two 1000ft/300m deep rated submersibles, they conducted detailed video and photo surveys, collected nearly 200 specimens, and documented black coral gardens to gather data that can gauge changes in the ecosystems’ health over time.
Project Baseline, a Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) initiative, cultivates participating divers into citizen scientists who document underwater environments and form relationships with research institutions to integrate their observations into a broader scientific understanding. Project Baseline currently manages projects in 23 countries all over the world.
To follow the Project Baseline Global Expedition, visit: http://www.projectbaseline.org or subscribe to its YouTube channel.
To keep up with the latest news from the Covers & Others video series, visit and subscribe to SJ’s YouTube channel, and join the social conversation: #CoversAndOthers #Azores.
(October 1, 2014)- SJ launched the breathtaking second video in his Covers & Others series! Day’s Edge Productions created the video using footage from their film “Snows of the Nile.” It captures a glimpse into their expedition to the peaks of Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains to document how climate change has affected some of the world’s last equatorial glaciers. The video was produced to SJ’s acoustic cover of “I Will Wait,” originally written and recorded by Mumford and Sons.
The newest Covers & Others video showcases Dr. Neil Losin and Dr. Nate Dappen, two scientists and photographers, on an ambitious expedition to recapture historical glacier photographs from the Rwenzoris, which rise 5000 meters from the heart of Africa and have some of the only equatorial glaciers on Earth at their summits.
The mountains, first climbed and documented by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906, have shrunk by more than 80 percent in the last century. Scientists predict that the remaining ice will disappear in less than 20 years. Dr. Losin and Dr. Dappen retraced the steps of the Duke of Abruzzi’s legendary 1906 ascent, braved the Rwenzoris’ notoriously unpredictable weather, and recaptured Vittorio Sella’s glacier photos. Their images bear witness to a century of climate change. Day’s Edge Production’s film “Snows of the Nile” captures the entire journey.
Each video in the Covers & Others series showcases the remarkable work of a specific organization’s global scientific, environmental, and/or social pursuits through a video set to one of SJ’s unique cover song recordings. The series aims to spark conversation and interest surrounding each video’s topic, which brings up an important issue for social discussion.
Join the conversation #CoversAndOthers #Rwenzori. Visit and subscribe to SJ’s YouTube channel to get the latest news about the Covers & Others series.
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(May 28, 2014)- SJ launched the first video in his new “Covers & Others” series. Each video in the Covers & Others series showcases the incredible work of a specific organization’s global scientific, environmental, and/or social pursuits through a video set to one of SJ’s unique cover song recordings. The series aims to spark conversation and interest surrounding each video’s topic, which brings up an important issue for social discussion.
“After I recorded these cover songs, I held on to them for a while waiting for the right way to release them,” said SJ. “My good friends, also PhD biologists, photographers and talented filmmakers, Nate Dappen and Neil Losin of Day’s Edge Productions, shared some footage of a recent project and the idea dawned on me to bring them in – among others – to create videos to the cover songs that have a higher purpose to educate and inspire fans through music.”
The series launchED with a video created by Day’s Edge Productions with highlights of photos and footage from their upcoming film on speciation – the process by which new species arise – in the Solomon Islands. The video, set to SJ’s recording of Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees,” is now live on SJ’s YouTube channel (http://youtu.be/8Xu-bRBHNH4).
“We had the honor of working with some incredible, intelligent, kind, and passionate people to complete the Covers & Others series. There is a big world out there with so much to learn and explore. From global causes to those close to home, I think music with compelling video helps people connect the dots. It brings an emotional connection to larger concepts and ideas, and that’s what I’m passionate about,” concluded SJ.
Visit SJ’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/SJAcousticMusic) and subscribe to keep up with the latest news from the Covers & Others video series.
To learn more about Day’s Edge Productions, visit www.daysedgeproductions.com.
SJ is now a member of the exclusive Concerts In Your Home network! If you are interested in booking SJ for a concert in your home, check out SJ’s official Concerts In Your Home profile, where you can learn more about booking SJ and how to become a host! View SJ’s Tour Page to learn more about how to book SJ and link to his official “Concerts In Your Home” profile!
SJ’s performance opening for Ed Sheeran at SunFest 2013 in West Palm Beach earned a stellar review by Arielle Castillo with the official SunFest blog. Castillo wrote: “So everybody won yesterday evening for an early set on the FPL stage by rising local artist SJ.