The first CD, Plug Into Some Power, came out in late 2011. "We played the downtown Long Beach scene at the tail end of 2011 and early part of 2012 to support it," says Carhart. The band also stepped into the worship scene for the first time as a band (both Paul and Lori have led worship countless times, both together and individually). The band is excited to go that direction with their music. Says Carhart, "We considered that a big success and a direction in which we would like to continue to go." For now, however, and throughout the summer and well into the fall, Launch Pad has been focusing on this new CD.
Produced by Paul and Lori Carhart, the new CD will feature the following songs:
Not Another Night - A Lori and Paul piece that's been re-worked by the band into an upbeat rocker but with a rap from Lori smack in the middle. Multiple vocal tracks from Lori makes this song sparkle.
Caida - A band-written rocker with a Spanish title featuring Lori on lead vocals and percussion by Randy Scott.
Uncontrolled - A multi-part piece from Lori and Paul and co-written with Scott. Popular at recent gigs. Lori's vocals soar on this one. Includes a rap from Lori and congas by Randy Scott. We love the break-out ending!
The Haunted Church - A Paul and Lori piece about churches that misuse their power. One of two that Paul primarily sings with harmonies and speaking parts from Lori.
There's More (intro) - Written by Lori and Paul, this lilting intro to We Know There's More features Lori on both keys and vocals and will also feature violins and possibly cello by Melody Carhart (Paul and Lori's daughter).
We Know There's More - Upbeat rocker written by the band with an 80s vibe. Lori vocally knocks it out of the park on this one and also provides the harmonies. Features percussion by Randy Scott.
Vino - A cry for something new from Lori and Paul. Sung by Lori with harmonies by Paul.
Shades of Grey - One of Scott's originals. Lead vocals by Scott Johnson with harmonies by Lori.
Memories* - A mostly-David written piece (Lori finished off the lyrics and contributed to the melody) with a sharp edge. Features David on both guitar and drums and multiple haunting vocal tracks from Lori.
This is the Place - Lori fronts this slightly Nashville-flavored worship anthem written by Lori and Paul.
Sins of the Father - Paul sings this eclectic piece that features keyboard synth and harmonies from Lori and effects-laden guitar from Scott about breaking generational cycles. Written by Paul and Lori.
Purrfect* - This combination music/drama piece was conceived by Lori. The lyrics were co-written by Lori and Paul and then married to a guitar riff by David and fleshed out by the rest of the band. Lori is the primary singer but the song also includes character voices by Paul and a faster rap (than usual) from Lori. Also features David on both guitar and drums.The song will make use of drama when performed live.
Don't Hold Back - An 80s-inspired worship piece from Paul and Lori. Features lots of synth from Lori, who also sings most of the song.
Pitter-Patter Blues - Launch Pad tackles to blues. A vocal tour de force from Lori.
We Wanna - Two-parter from Lori, Paul and Scott. Lori tackles the rock ballad first movement while Paul (with Lori's help) handles the rockin' ending.
High - The sole Lori-only composition, this piece turns the idea of getting high on its ear. Vocals by Lori.The CD's track order has not been finalized but the order above is the current working order.
Early mixes of many of the songs can be streamed from Launch Pad's Reverbnation and Facebook pages.
"Launch Pad: Uncontrolled" is on target to be available before the 2012 holidays. The band intends to include the lyrics with the CD. For downloads, the lyrics will be available on the band's various social media pages (Facebook, MySpace, Reverbnation).
Last year's "Launch Pad: Plug Into Some Power" is still available at Amazon.com and from the band. Digital downloads of individual songs are also available.
Launch Pad: Lori Carhart: vocals & keys, Paul Carhart: bass & vocals, David Rodriguez: guitar & drums. Additional guitar and vocals by Scott Johnson.
* Features David Rodriguez on both guitar and drums.