Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes

     
 

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Cassie Bernall was a victim of the horrifying 1999 Columbine High School shooting rampage. Her death took on an almost legendary status in Christian circles, thanks to a widely publicized exchange in which the gunmen asked Bernall whether she believed in God -- she said yes, and they shot and killed her. Although the same exchange took place between the gunmen and

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Cassie Bernall was a victim of the horrifying 1999 Columbine High School shooting rampage. Her death took on an almost legendary status in Christian circles, thanks to a widely publicized exchange in which the gunmen asked Bernall whether she believed in God -- she said yes, and they shot and killed her. Although the same exchange took place between the gunmen and another girl (who survived), and although the factual nature of the story was later called into question, it had enough power to make Bernall a virtual martyr. In the wake of her death, a non-profit cottage industry has sprung up around her memory -- which, depending on your perspective, is either a way to spin an extraordinary and dramatic tragedy into a positive good, or an odd marriage of grief and capitalism that might seem disturbingly manipulative no matter how well-intentioned. Which brings us to Whatever It Takes: The She Said Yes Music Project. Proceeds from the album go to the Cassie Bernall Foundation, which essentially benefits Denver-area youth groups, as well as an orphanage in Honduras dedicated to her memory. The album's title track was written by Bernall herself and is performed here by the Kry; there are also plenty of big names in Christian music contributing original material, including DC Talk, Jennifer Knapp, Jars of Clay, Delirious?, Audio Adrenaline, Rebecca St. James, and many more. Anyone inspired by Bernall's story will find it difficult not to feel the same way about many of these songs. Yet if one takes a larger perspective, the album is also another cog in a veritable merchandising machine; the sheer scope of this sincerely motivated attempt to find utility (and revenue) in tragedy makes it hard to shake the feeling of exploitation, no matter how noble the ultimate cause.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
New Haven
UPC:
0027072801229
catalogNumber:
8012

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Card   Penny Whistle
Rick Elias   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dave Perkins   Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Crystal Lewis   Vocals,Background Vocals
dc Talk   Track Performer
Linda Elias   Percussion,Background Vocals
T-Bone   Track Performer
David Angell   Violin
Steve Brewster   Drums
Trina Broussard   Background Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Todd Collins   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums
Eddie DeGarmo   Moog Bass
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Nathan East   Bass
Sherree Ford-Payne   Background Vocals
Mark Heimermann   Hammond Organ
Jim Hoke   Woodwind
Jean-Luc LaJoie   Guitar,Vocals
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Toby McKeehan   Background Vocals
Jerry McPherson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Taylor Mesple   Piano
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Phil Naish   Bass,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Andrew D. Prickett   Guitar
Mark Robertson   Bass
Pamela Sixfin   Viola
Martin Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Stuart Saunders Smith   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
John Walters   Vocals
Kris Wilkinson   Violin
Scott Williamson   Drums
Out of Eden   Vocals
Rahsaan Patterson   Background Vocals
Sarah Masen   Vocals
Rebecca St. James   Track Performer
Dan Haseltine   Vocals
Dave Masen   Drums
Marianne Osiel   Oboe
Jason Halbert   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Greg Herrington   Percussion,Drums
Otto Price   Wah Wah Bass
Dennis Soley   Flute
Pete Nelson   Electric Guitar
Kry   Track Performer
John Painter   Bass
Matt Bronleewe   Guitar
Charlie Lowell   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Michael Tait   Vocals
Bob Herdman   Acoustic Guitar
Stephen Mason   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Tim Lauer   Hammond Organ,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Spencer Capier   Mandolin,Violin
Jeff Bills   Drums
Matt Odmark   Guitar
Matt Slocum   Cello
Fernando Ortega   Piano,Vocals
Jennifer Knapp   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Danielle Kimmey   Vocals
Tim Jupp   Keyboards
Danny Oertli   Track Performer
Shawn Tubbs   Guitar
Gary Burnnett   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Jon Thatcher   Bass,Keyboards,Theremin
Tyler Burkum   Guitar
Mancy A'lan Kane   Vocals
Mark Stuart   Vocals
LaRue   Track Performer
Mike Olson   Bass
Tony Patoto   Background Vocals
Natalie LaRue   Vocals
According To John   Track Performer
J-Raw   Track Performer
Columbine Blue & West Bowles Youth Choir   Track Performer
Jeff Deyo   Guitar,Vocals
Aaron Blanton   Percussion,Drums
Dave Beggle   Acoustic Guitar
Ed Bunton   Bass
Ben Ciddell   Drums
George Cochini   Guitar
Colubine Blue And West Bwles Youth Choir   Choir, Chorus
Stuart Garrand   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tim Smith   Percussion,Drums
Mark Hill   Bass
Tony Lucido   Bass
Rich Nibbe   Guitar
Amy Sapp   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Charlie Peacock   Producer
Danny Duncan   Programming
Billy Smiley   Producer
Crystal Lewis   Vocal Arrangements
Audio Adrenaline   Producer
Ronnie Brookshire   Engineer
Kirk Franklin   Background Coordinator
Mark Heimermann   Programming
Tom Howard   String Arrangements
Rob Mathes   String Arrangements
Phil Naish   Producer
Brian Ray   Producer
Mark Robertson   Programming
Chris Williamson   Contributor
John Schreiner   Producer,String Arrangements
Jars of Clay   Producer
Rebecca St. James   Composer
Dan Haseltine   Programming
Matt Bronleewe   Producer
Matt Odmark   Programming
Delirious?   Producer
Matt Slocum   String Arrangements
Dave Wyatt   Programming
Tim Jupp   Programming
SONICFLOOd   Producer
Mark Stuart   Producer
Cassie Bernall   Liner Notes
Stuart Garrand   Engineer
Chris Keegan   Art Direction
Lisa Kimmey   Programming,Producer

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