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Joyce Rouse's 11-Song Collection Committed to 'Helping Heal the Planet One Song at a Time' with Music, Environmental Education & Humor

NASHVILLE, TN, April 20, 2005 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
Earth Mama (a.k.a. Joyce Rouse), an internationally known singer, songwriter and eco-activist, is marking her 10th "green" year as a recording artist by releasing a new music CD. Her music has been used for education by international environmental and peace organizations such as UNESCO and the International Earth Charter.

Under the Rainbow, a new collection of 11 original songs, fulfills Earth Mama's commitment to "helping heal the planet one song at a time" with Rouse's one-of-a-kind "organic Eco-folk cabaret music," environmental education, and humor. Earth Mama, who has been described as a combination of John Denver, Johnny Appleseed, and Miss Piggy, said several cataclysmic events -- including current wars, world de-forestation, and a growing hole in the Earth's ozone layer -- inspired her to do the project.

"We are at such a critical time in the planet's ecological history -- the clock is ticking," said Rouse, who began penning her new songs as bombs fell on Afghanistan. "Under the Rainbow, my fifth album, encourages listeners to wake up and pay attention to the planet. If we make the choice to participate, we can help heal the biosphere, our communities, our families, our addictions, and our distressed eco-system."

Earth Mama's performances, which include high-energy numbers and ballads, range stylistically from musical theater and jazz to folk and New Age. Under the Rainbow, the title cut, features a reverse melodic motif from the classic Over the Rainbow. It asks listeners to "imagine what we can do if we respect all humankind and recognize that there may be a more peaceful and just way to live together on the Earth." Other cuts include the energetic number Fireball, the playful song Somebody's Habitat, and the moving ballad Light Years Away. The project also includes an updated arrangement of Song of Peace from the Jean Sibelius work, Finlandia. The album ends with a Western swing version of the fun-filled Earth Mama, first recorded in 1995.

"Most people know and love the song Over the Rainbow," Earth Mama added. "Daydreaming one day at my piano, I thought sadly about all the people whose lives are devastated by wars. I realized that right here, Under the Rainbow, is where we all live and need to get along with one another."

Under the Rainbow, which retails for $17.95, is distributed by New Leaf Distribution to more than 5,000 health food and bookstores around the world. The artist is planning a celebration in 2005 to commemorate the project's release and her 10th anniversary as Earth Mama. For more information about the CD or the artist, call (615) 370-4032, send an e-mail to, or visit Or you may write Earth Mama at Rouse House Music, P.O. Box 1284, Brentwood, TN 37024.

A native of Cresco, Iowa, Rouse moved to Nashville in 1986 to pursue a songwriting career. Fans began calling her Earth Mama following the release of her song, Earth Mama. Other songs have been recorded and/or performed by well-known artists ranging from Maureen McGovern to Marie Osmond. Her music also has been used extensively in educational venues and by international environmental and peace organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UNESCO, and the International Earth Charter. In 1995, her song, Standing on the Shoulders, was chosen as the theme song for a national event in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Since then, Earth Mama has appeared as a popular guest artist in a variety of venues, inspiring actions for healthy living and a healthy planet with insights on Earth literacy, eco-spirituality and "green" building.

Media Inquiries:
Chuck Whiting:
Whiting Publicity & Promotions
(615) 242-9857

Joyce Rouse:
Singer, Songwriter, Educator and Activist
(615) 370-4032

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