SINGER-SONGWRITER AND ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE TRACY LYONS TO LAUNCH “MERCURY RISING TOUR” ON OCTOBER 25 AT WSU CAMPUS IN PULLMAN, WASHINGTON
LYONS’ POWERFUL NEW VIDEO “SAVE ME” REACHES 250,000 VIEWS ON YOUTUBE (Watch Here)
Los Angeles, CA, October 18, 2007: Singer-songwriter, veteran environmental activist and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) advocate Tracy Lyons launches her 2007-2008 Mercury Rising Tour on October 25 with a concert at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Lyons’ vision for the tour is to draw additional attention to the issues of global warming, alternative/clean energy solutions and the negative effects that pollution has on our health. A longtime spokesperson for clean and sustainable energy technologies, Tracy Lyons’ call to action regarding environmentalism first came through health issues that she personally experienced related to toxicity poisoning from heavy metals including mercury and lead.
The Eco-Stage for Tracy Lyons’ Mercury Rising Tour will be powered off the grid by environmentally-friendly bio-diesel and will feature a state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell. As well, information will be provided on the latest clean energy technologies and education about critical initiatives driving environmental action. The tour’s carbon footprint will be offset by the purchase of carbon credits for anything that can’t be accomplished directly using clean energy technologies. In addition to the Pullman, Washington show, Tracy will perform dates at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA on November 1, and as part of the Green Festival 2007 in San Francisco, CA on November 11, as part of an extensive college and environmental festival tour planned for 2008.
A highlight of Lyons’ Mercury Rising sets will be her powerful single “Save Me,” a song first featured on her 2006 album I Will. A heartfelt wake-up call urging people to heal themselves and the earth through sustainable thought, practices and action, the song has gained considerable traction as an environmental anthem. Proceeds from downloads of the song on iTunes benefit the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the world-renowned environmental action organization for which Lyons is an Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) member and advocate.
The companion video for the single “Save Me,” which debuted on YouTube last spring, has been viewed on that site over 250,000 times. The clip has also been prominently spotlighted on The NRDC’s youth-based website ItsYourNature.org, the Earthday Network’s website, the Earthday.net and Treehugger.com sites and Apple’s QuickTime Music Guide.
Tracy’s upcoming Mercury Rising itinerary builds on her long tradition of playing green-themed concerts and festivals. Most recently, she returned in June to the perennial Health and Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, CA, and in July to the 9th annual Taos Solar Music Festival in Taos, NM, the “Solar Capital of the World.” Since 2004, Lyons has headlined numerous environmental venues, including the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition and Global Green benefits, and “SHOW: The Sustainability Roadshow,” an innovative sustainability-themed “festival within a festival” that toured throughout California as a special feature of major music festivals and fairs.
Tracy Lyons’ latest album I Will was released in 2006 on Mythic Records with distribution through Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA). The disc follows up her acclaimed 2002 debut album Surrender, about which Billboard magazine wrote, “singer/tunesmith Tracy Lyons proves that she has a knack for wrapping strong words in a velvet glove.”