The music community continues to mourn the tragic loss of Teresa Butz, who was stabbed to death last year after she and her partner were raped and held captive in their South Park home. Last night, Butz's partner, a conservatory-trained vocalist, and numerous friends took part in the CD release show for Take You with Me, the first album from The Angel Band Project, a collaboration involving Butz's family and friends.
"It's a way for all of us to honor and remember Teresa," said friend and Angel Band Project supporter Dawn Rains.
Take You with Me was available at the show and can be purchased online. Raffle tickets and T-shirts were also sold at the show, with proceeds going to The Voices and Faces Project, a national non-profit group creating a documentary that aims to raise awareness about sexual violence and give a voice to survivors.
Recording sessions for Take You with Me took place in four different cities, including Seattle and St. Louis -- where Butz was raised along with 10 siblings. The group, which featured at least eight musicians on stage, and many more on record, started recording exactly a year ago from last night in St. Louis.
Jean Fox, who co-produced the album along with Rachel Ebeling, said that the Project was thrilled by the community's turnout and support. She told those in attendance to enjoy the evening, knowing that "Teresa would have partied like a rock star."
Though there were solemn moments -- such as an emotional opening video remembering Butz and a beautiful rendition of the heartfelt "Mary," which can be heard on the Project's website -- the crowd took Fox's advice to heart, enjoying a night celebrating both Teresa Butz's life and the music inspired by it.