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article imagePeter Reckell and Kehan Miller discuss Blue Aeris and 'Joy' album Special

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 6, 2020 in Music
Musician and actor Peter Reckell (who played the iconic role of Bo Brady on "Days of Our Lives") and producer Kehan Miller chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about the "Joy" album.
Aside from Reckell and Miller, the Joy album features such artists as Kelly Moneymaker, Nick Granville, Nikau Te Huki, ELK, Erna Ferry and Rodger Fox, Kehan Miller, Lisa Tomlins, Rusty Halo, Mike Krompass (Mike K), Caii-Michelle, and Bella Kalolo. "To be honest, Joy was a fantastic experience," Miller said. "We had such a great time with all of these artists. We feel really fortunate and blessed."
On working with Caii-Michelle, Miller said, "Caii-Michelle is great. She is what started this project. That's what launched this whole thing." "That was the seed of the whole LP," Reckell said.
In "Under the Mistletoe," Reckell sings lead vocals, and the music video may be seen below. "Everybody knows Peter as such a good actor, but he has a music background that people don't really know about. He has a Broadway background and a voice that is a little secret," Miller said.
"My wife, Kelly, is my writer and she writes for my voice. I am a pretty lucky dude," Reckell said. "Kelly is one of the most extraordinarily talented people I have ever met or worked with. Kelly makes people feel so comfortable, she pulls things out of them that they didn't know they were capable of and she makes them believe it, and it's awe-inspiring to watch her," Miller added.
Joy is available on digital service providers by clicking here. It was done via Mercia Records/Mercia Music Group with distribution from Sony/The Orchard. They revealed that they will be launching their album this Tuesday with a CD release party. "We are launching it in New Zealand, all of the videos have gone live and the campaign is going great," Miller said. "All of the artists on this project are showing up for the launch party. It's a testament of how much fun we all had."
They complimented Nick Granville for his mixing and engineering on the Joy album. It was also mixed by Frank Rosato, a longtime friend and mixer extraordinaire. "Nick also helped us bring all the musicians together," Reckell said.
"We did an entire album and 13 music/lyric videos in eight weeks," Miller added.
On the title of the current chapter of his life, Reckell responded, "Dad." "I am a father to a 13-year-old girl," he said.
When asked about working with Brandon Beemer during his tenure on Days of Our Lives, who played his on-screen son Shawn Brady, Reckell said, "I was very fortunate to work with so many amazing actors on that show, Brandon was literally like my son, not only on set but off the set. You don't get that personality much with younger actors. Brandon was so great. He asked questions and his ego didn't get in the way at all. That doesn't happen much with actors."
He shared that he had to work hard learning his lines all of those years. "I would spend weekends learning my lines for the shows," he admitted. "The night before, I would spend three hours getting those lines solid, that way, it was in my bones."
Reckell defined the word success as waking up happy the next morning and being excited about what you are doing that day. "Having a purpose to get out of bed each day," he said. "For me, success is being happy doing what you love to do," Miller added.
To learn more about Blue Aeris, visit their official homepage, their Facebook page, and on Instagram.
Read More: Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos chatted with Kelly Moneymaker about Blue Aeris and the Joy album.
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