Steep Canyon Rangers Team With Boyz II Men & The Asheville Symphony For ‘Be Still Moses’ Single
Steep Canyon Rangers recruited Philadelphia’s Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony for a reworked rendition of “Be Still Moses.” The Asheville-based string band first released the song on their 2007 album, Lovin’ Pretty Women.
The single comes from a forthcoming Steep Canyon Rangers’ orchestral album produced by Michael Selverne, which is due out early next year through Yep Roc Records. “[Selverne’s] idea from the start was to get guest singers on there,” SCR banjo player Graham Sharp explained to Billboard. “We tossed around a couple of names, and he thought we needed a vocal group on it. He said he was going to approach Boyz II Men, and we all look at each other on the bus like, ‘What is he talking about? This is insane!’ We trusted him to make it happen, and the [recording] came back and just blew everybody’s mind.”
“We are drawn to music that moves us,” Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men told Billboard. “When we heard [‘Be Still Moses’] we were like, ‘Hold on. We have to get on this!'” Boyz II Men laid down 16 vocal tracks which were mixed with the baritone vocals of Steep Canyon Rangers’ Woody Platt and an orchestral arrangement performed by the Asheville Symphony.
Listen to “Be Still Moses” below: