Arizona's former Attorney General turns songwriter with new album

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - As Arizona's Attorney General during the 1990s, Grant Woods used indictments, lawsuits, and legislation to upset the status quo. Now, instead of government, the former Arizona top prosecutor is turning to music to create change.

“The Project,” a collaboration of Arizona musical all-stars performing 10 of Woods' original songs, was just released May 17, 2015. 

Grant Woods, along with musician Blaine Long,  appeared with Javier Soto on Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, to talked about The Project and to perform.

Other performers on The Project, who all volunteered their time, include Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Gin Blossoms guitarist Scott Johnson, Lawrence Zubia of the Pistoleros, Al Ortiz, Francine Reed, Ray Herndon (both touring with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band), Michael Nitro, Alice Tatum, Walt Richardson, Blaine Long, Mindy Harris and Hans Olson.


"We've got some amazing people involved, and all the musicians are from Arizona," says Woods.

Woods, who served as Arizona Attorney General from 1991 to 1999, calls The Project an effort to change his home state's national image. All profits from The Project will benefit the Arizona School for the Arts.

"Arizona has a rich music history that is diverse and inclusive, but unfortunately that has been overshadowed by numerous controversies," explains Woods, who remains a high profile political and community leader in the state. "Once word spread about The Project, musicians and singers jumped at the chance to be part of this effort to showcase Arizona talent and change our image. This has been a labor of love for everyone involved."

A benefit concert will be held Friday Sept. 18, 2015, at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. All available musicians who performed songs for The Project will participate, along with surprise guests. Tickets will be available for only $22 plus applicable fees starting May 18th at phoenix.ticketforce.com.

The Project was produced by Cindy Standage and recorded at Sean Cooney's 3 Leaf Recording Studio in Phoenix. The album is being released on Bright Angel Records and will be available for purchase on iTunes, CD Baby and other online music outlets.

Follow The Project on Facebook and Twitter, and learn more about it at www.theprojectaz.com.

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