America's Sweetheart

by IMAJ

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released January 5, 2016

All of AMERICA'S SWEETHEART album credits are as follows except where otherwise indicated:

Produced by Mills Logan and IMAJ
Recorded and mixed by Mills Logan at The Mix Mill and Sound Emporium
Mastered by Ken Love at Five Points Mastering
Edited by Alex Jarvis
Assistant engineer: Zac Pancoast
Electric guitar: Kenny Greenberg
Acoustic Guitar: Kris Donegon
Bass guitar: Willie Weeks
Drum: Evan Hutchings
Steel guitar: Russ Pahl
Piano, B3 and synthesizer: Dave Cohen
Fiddle: Rob Hajacos
Background Vocals: Perry Coleman and Tania Hancheroff

"COLORBLIND"
Produced by IMAJ and Kassandra Thomas
Recorded by Buddy Hyatt at CTM studio in Nashville, TN
Mixed by Mills Logan at The Mix Mill
Mastered by Ken Love at Five Points Mastering
Engineer: Zach Allen
Drums: Lonnie Wilson
Bass: Mark Fain
Electric guitar: James Mitchell
Acoustic guitar: Bobby Terry
Piano/keys: Buddy Hyatt
Steel guitar: Scotty Sanders
Vocals by IMAJ and Jennifer Lynn
Background vocals by Jennifer Lynn

"DEAR LOVE" and "WHEN YOU SEE ME"
Produced by IMAJ and Dave Fowler
Recorded by Rodney Good at The Tracking Room and The Grotto in Nashville, TN
Acoustic guitar: Joel Key
Electric guitar: Brent Mason
Steel guitar: Dan Dunmore
Fiddle, Mandolin: Jimmy Mattingly
Keys, piano, synthesizer: Dane Bryant
Drums, percussion: Jack Gavin
Bass guitar: Dave Fowler
Vocals by IMAJ
Background vocals and strings performed and arranged by Heidi Jo Guthrie-Fowler

Cover photo by Shaun Jones in Los Angeles
Directed by Norman Siopsis and IMAJ
Makeup and hair by Vlada Haggerty
Cover art design by IMAJ

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IMAJ Dallas, Texas

IMAJ is a multi-talented Country singer-songwriter and humanitarian. and daughter of 80’s TV icon Philip Michael Thomas (Tubbs of Miami Vice).

CMA CloseUp Magazine called IMAJ "The One To Watch" in 2014. She was also labeled "The New Face of Country Music" by QueenLatifah.com. Her debut single "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" charted on Music Row and reached New and Active on the Billboard.
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Track Name: Colorblind
Somewhere in the world this morning
Someone’s fighting religion or race
But there’s only one race and we’re human
So let’s make this world a better place

It’s about time we find
The good in our brothers this time
It’s about time to be
Colorblind
Just close your eyes 
You’ll see
Our hearts are the same
You and me
It’s about time to be
Colorblind

Skinheads, gangs and dealers
Peddle their wares of hate
Come on let’s all come together
Before it’s too late

It’s about time we find
The good in our brothers this time
It’s about time to be
Colorblind
Just close your eyes 
You’ll see
Our hearts are the same
You and me
It’s about time to be
Colorblind

We’re all a part
Of one big work of art
May the colors
Blend into love

(Instrumental with Radio Interview Question)

So, Imaj what do you think about all this with the confederate flag?
Imaj, how about Bruce Jenner?
Imaj, do you think there’s really a race problem?
Imaj…Rachel Dolezal.
Imaj, should marriage be between a man and a woman?
Imaj, you live near McKinney, Texas right?
Imaj, in a world where diversity…
…and color
…paralyzing
…is so….
…polarizing
Do you see color?

(Imaj Answers)

Yes, I do see color. The new Colorblind isn't about ignoring color, it's about seeing beyond the stereotypes of color, to see each other for who we actually are. It's about seeing the vitality of diversity; in our skin, in our language, our culture, our gender, our faith. There's an intelligence that lies beyond our antiquated fears of one another. That intelligence is LOVE.”

It’s about time we find
The good in our brothers this time
It’s about time to be
Colorblind
Just close your eyes 
You’ll see
Our hearts are the same
You and me
It’s about time to be
Colorblind
Track Name: Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Cowboys ain't easy to love and they're harder to hold.
They'd rather give you a song than diamonds or gold.
Lonestar belt buckles and old faded levis,
And each night begins a new day.
If you don't understand him, an' he don't die young,
He'll prob'ly just ride away.

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
Don't let 'em pick guitars or drive them old trucks.
Let 'em be doctors and lawyers and such.
Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
'Cos they'll never stay home and they're always alone.
Even with someone they love.

Cowboys like smokey old pool rooms
And clear mountain mornings
Little warm puppies and children and girls of the night.
Them that don't know him won't like him and them that do,
Sometimes won't know how to take him.
He ain't wrong, he's just different but his pride won't let him,
Do things to make you think he's right.

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
Don't let 'em pick guitars or drive them old trucks.
Let 'em be doctors and lawyers and such.
Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
'Cos they'll never stay home and they're always alone.
Even with someone they love.
Track Name: Daddy-Daughter Dance
123
Steps in the right direction
Will brighten up
Your day
Keep your head up high
Look your prince in the eye
beautiful 

And I'll try not to cry
When you walk down the isle

678
All of the guests will wait
For the feast that's fit for a Queen
9 and 10
Then you'll both walk in
Daddy will take your hand
To dance

Grateful for this chance
Our Daddy Daughter Dance

From the time you were three
Sitting there on my knee
With a melody in your soul
Eyes of fire
With your heart of gold
Your story yet untold 
In time
 
And now we're on this page
My angel's come of age

So Dance 
Oh, dance
So Dance 
Oh, dance

Remember, 123 
Steps in the right direction
Beautiful
Track Name: Prelude to Fame
(Spoken)
You know when most people think of fame
they think of the glitz and the glamour
The adoring fans and red carpets
They're imaging of the destination
But this song is about the journey
It's about never giving up on yourself
And still believing in yourself
When everyone else has given up on you
And above all else it's about knowing
And loving
Who you are
And forgiving others
For they know not what they do
This is fame
Track Name: Fame
I’ve gotten used to being strange
Having no friend to hold but fame
Try as I might
There ain’t not night
Can bring a star to lighten my pain

I’ve gotten used to being alone
‘Cause at the top you’re on your own
Oh how I wish
Bruised fingertips
Could fix
A broken heart like this

I’ve gotten used to getting down
Sometimes it makes a hit of sound
Bruised fingertips
Ain’t good for nothin’
But makin’ hits out of loneliness

You’re lonely ‘cause no one’s real
So you gotta be careful what you say and feel
Lost friends start callin’ out your name
But ya wish ya had one...before
Fame
Track Name: Different Kind of Country
La la la di da da
La di da da
La di da da da

The blonder the hair 
The closer to platinum
At least the labels told me so

I'm a brown eyed brunette
And sing the things that matter
Never did like the sound of no

It’s a different kind of country
I’m a Different Kind of Country
Ooh ooh ooh 

She road in the the back
Then rebelled for what was right
He marched and changed our lives forever

One small step for man
Is a big step for mankind
Sing it out for world peace in our time


We’re in different kind of country
Yeah Different Kind of Country
Ooh ooh ooh 

Country's been around
Since Hank's lonesome sound
It ain't nothing new
It’s what I love
It's what I do 
It's a different kind of country

Yeah
A different kind of country
A Different Kind of Country
Ooh ooh ooh 

La la la di da da
La di da da
La di da da da
Track Name: His Story, Her Story
Sweet Jesus what have I done
I've dared to go where men don't live on
My heart beats fast
With every bomb blast
Each breath I take may be my last

His story will live on 
His story's still going on
How long

My little girl turned two-years old today
God let me live to see my baby's face
Her heart is strong
The months are long 
As Mama fights for freedom at home

Her story will live on
Her story's still going on 
How long
(Hold, formata)

Lifting our children with prosthetic hands
Look to your streets we are those broken men
Or six feet deep beneath American land
No matter the fall
United we stand

His story will live on 
Her story still going on
History...
How long, how long 
(Hold, formata)
(Four count drums outro)
(Soft “How long, how long”)
Track Name: Man In Black
Well, you wonder why I always dress in black
Why you never see bright colors on my back
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone
Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down
Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime
But is there because he's a victim of the times

I wear the black for those who never read
Or listened to the words that Jesus said
About the road to happiness through love and charity
Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me

Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose
In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back
Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black

I wear it for the sick and lonely old
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold
I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men

And, I wear it for the thousands who have died
Believen' that the Lord was on their side
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died
Believen' that we all were on their side

Well, there's things that never will be right I know
And things need changin' everywhere you go
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right
You'll never see me wear a suit of white

Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day
And tell the world that everything's OK
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black
Track Name: Maybe
Maybe
I won’t miss hiding
In the corner of your smile
Gettin’ lost inside your eyes
For just a while
Maybe soon I’ll be okay

And maybe
I won’t think of how
Your touch could make me feel
My need for you I try to hard
To conceal
Maybe the hurt will go away

Ohhhhh and maybe
Just maybe
There’s things that I forgot
But baby
Maybe not

Maybe I won’t notice
How empty life becomes
Or cherish all the things we’ve said and done
Maybe I’ll make another day

Ohhhhh and maybe
Just maybe
There’s things that I forgot
But baby
Maybe not

Oh baby
Maybe
not
Track Name: When You See Me
Sitting at the red light
With the sun in my hair
I can feel the heat from your jealous glare
Bet you wish that your arm was
Where his is
Bet you wish that your kiss was on my lips

You’re gonna get the Wish-I-dids When you see me
You’re gonna get the should-of-dones And can’t believe
You’re gonna cuss and kiss and shout Staring at what you’re without
Baby you’re gonna hate yourself When you see me

Tried to warn ya darlin’
When you needed space
There’s nothing in this world that can’t
Be replaced
I’d tell you that you screwed up
But you already know
And I ain’t mean enough to say
I told you so

Chorus Repeat

It took a minute to get over you
It was easy, so easy
Life is all about the choices you choose
And to think that I could of loved you

Chorus Repeat
Track Name: Dear Love
Dear Love

I don’t know who I am

As I sit here writing

Where do I begin

I’ve felt lonely
I’ve felt pain

I wonder if you’ve ever felt the same

Dear Love
I wonder who you are

Are you out there somewhere
Burning like a star

Will I ever know you

Will I ever see

Or is my heartache something
Keeping you from me

Dear Love
Dare I touch you
Is it even my place

Dare I kiss you when I
Finally see you face to face Dear Love
I wonder if you’ve seen

The poverty we’ve felt inside
Though the Earth is full and green
Will I ever know you
Will we ever see

Ourselves as each other

As the raindrops in the sea

Dear Love

Dare I touch you
Is it even my place

Dare I kiss you when I

Finally see you face to face
Dare I reach out through the air
And take you by the hand

Dare we find each other now
And try to understand