Home Ground

Stephen Emmer honored with the Humanitarian Award 2018

Each year Global Music Awards honors a composer/artist/musician with its annual Humanitarian Award for music dedicated to social justice, humanitarian causes or environmental issues.

The 2018 award goes to Stephen Emmer for his contribution to peace and justice for displaced people from around the world.

Stephen would herewith like to dedicate the award to War Child, for their relentless dedication in trying to make this world a better place by helping ‘our’ children – the best cornerstone imaginable for a future world at peace.

Global Music Awards asked Mr. Emmer about his work.

GMA: We know you are concerned about the conflicts and division in the world. What goes through your mind when you think of the wars and all the displaced people?

SE: I have ambivalent thoughts about this, as this has been going on for centuries by now, and that is no reason for direct optimism. Yet, I am hopeful that slowly, through various developments in the fields of information technology, media distribution and new human insights, changes might help accelerate some sort of universal insight that we can only run this planet together.

GMA: Your album, Home Ground, gives voice to all of us worried about the world and proves that music can be a powerful tool in the fight against oppression. It reminds us of our common humanity and promotes freedom and human rights. Tell us about your album. Why this selection of lyrics and artists?

SE: In the Obama years of not so long ago, the general social climate was perhaps more steering towards a more emancipated, liberated society, at least in the United States. But I was slightly surprised to notice that around that time there was not that much urgent music around with socially engaged lyrics. That made me wonder why not act on this myself? I started conceptualizing. Meanwhile, I saw the world changing fast: America got a new president, the Middle East situation escalated even further, and in Europe the refugee situation became rather urgent. So suddenly I realized that my lyrical content should try to address or incorporate those issues. I started to think about what artists I could invite to collaborate; great artistical talent but also who had a certain social consciousness. I started searching and I was lucky to find them. It took almost a year to be able to make the full line up for the album.

Read full interview here.

Stephen Emmer wins golden Global Music Award with Home Ground

Noted composer and performer Stephen Emmer — who scored a hit with SoulTracks readers earlier this year — has won the prestigious golden Global Music Award for his latest album, Home Ground. With this he becomes the first Dutch composer who has won this international award.

On the Home Ground album Stephen is joined by an all-star cast of legendary and world famous vocalists such as Chaka Khan, Patti Austin and the late Leon Ware. The Global Music Awards honors submissions from all over the world and judges the work for its musical originality, quality and craftsmanship.

Stephen Emmer has now released four albums, all of which were met with great critical acclaim from the international press in publications like The Times, Modern Vinyl, De Telegraaf, Pitchfork, Okayplayer, Huffington Post, Der Spiegel, Rolling Stone, Mojo, and Q Magazine. Home Ground is his most recent work, and combines cinematic soul with social awareness lyrics, and has also been recently mentioned by the USA’s leading, authorative website on soul-music SoulTracks.com as “one of the most important albums of the year.”


Under Your Spell ft Chaka Khan- Remixes

Home Ground Album

Close To Life feat Leon Ware & Frank McComb

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Soul Tracks

Soul Tracks LogoWith Home Ground, producer Stephen Emmer has collaborated with a diverse group of vocalists to create a record that is theatrical to its core. However, if you are looking to connect the music on Home Ground to a musical, you might not have a lot of luck. This record is not a soundtrack to a film, nor are these tunes a part of some major Broadway production. One way to view Home Ground is as a soundtrack for the play unfolding before us daily on television, laptop, smart phone and tablet screens as well as in newspapers. That unfolding drama details mass migrations of people seeking to find a new start over after chased out of their homelands by war, environmental disaster, or by crises that while being far more personal and intimate are no less existential.

From the standpoint of the immigration debate taking place in this country, this album seeks to give a voice to those looking to carve a piece of home in a place that is not their homeland, and asks the listener to try to walk in the shoes of those who have been pushed or pulled away from all that was familiar.

That call for empathy comes through strongly in the urgent “Everybody’s Movin”, a track driven by Dwight Trible’s emotive and theatrical baritone. Trible sings from the standpoint of a person who is a part of one of those mass flows of people seeking to escape inhumane warfare while also having his humanity recognized by the voices talking about immigration on TV. “What we need is not what we’re fighting for/And we all need something/To have or dreams and live our lives in love”, stands as a plea to those in the chattering classes to remember that people – regardless of where they hail from – want the same things.

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  • 'Dutch master’s soulful meditation on the effects of war'


  • 'I love this initiative'

    [Maceo Parker]

  • 'An eloquent and entertaining rebuttal to the voices of nativism and intolerance'

    [Howard Dukes - SoulTracks]

  • 'An iron fist in a velvet glove'

    [Flux BPM]

  • 'Chaka’s track, which she co-wrote, is a stand out'

    [Echoes Magazine]

  • 'We can do better than this. Take care of the children, they are our futurelationship'

    [Curtis Darby]

— Under Your Spell ft Chaka Khan (Moods Remix) —


  • Leo Blokhuis [What The World Needs Now]

    ‘Er staan echt een paar pareltjes op.’

  • Tjeerd Oosterhuis [Total Touch]

    ‘Het is mooi te zien dat er nog steeds producers zijn die diep en echt voor de eer gaan. Deze artiesten op dit album bij elkaar krijgen is ook een prestatie op zich, en dat verdient een groot compliment!‘

  • Guuz Hoogaerts [Pauw & TVBV]

    'Een collectie stemmen en strijkers die de gaten in je ziel met liefde bepleisteren.’

  • Ferry Maat [Soulshow]

    'Wat een helden staan er op de tracklist Chaka, Patti, Leon en Frank

    om een paar van mijn persoonlijke favorieten te noemen.’

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