The single, 'Angel' is a collaborative inspiration by New Zealand songwriters, Lynette Diaz and the late, Pete Love. Lynette and Pete meet at a songwriter's workshop in early 2008 and within a few months of their first meeting began collaborating as a duo.
Pete, a talented guitarist and seasoned musician with 25 years of performance experience, took Lynette, a relative newcomer, under his wing as a mentor and collaborator. Lynette released her debut Cd, "Lyrics In My Head", in late 2008 with Pete playing lead guitar at the Cd launch. Subsequently, during the ensuing years, they performed regularly as a duo in local venues. In October 2010, one month after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, the duo performed a highlight outdoor concert in Cathedral Square, next to the iconic Christchurch Cathedral, later destroyed in the February 2012 quake.
"Angel is a song that speaks from the heart of despair. It's a lamentation for help from within and beyond oneself. It's a call to the Divine. Pete wrote the bones of 'Angel' and played it during one of our practice sessions. We continued to work on the song that evening, including washing out some of the overly long instrumental breaks (Pete being notorious for long lead guitarist breaks) and simplifying the structure. It was a song that spoke to us deeply, and we played it at each gig." (Lynette)
In January 2012, Lynette and Pete went into studio and laid the guitar and their main vocal parts down for 'Angel'. In a bit of coincidence, recording the song at Angels Gate Studio. Irish-born/New Zealand-based singer-songwriter, Diana Hickey, was brought in as another voice in the Angel choir. "Our intention was to finish the song soon after the initial session, but Pete also began work on his solo debut Cd and was busy recording some of those songs in the proceeding months. I was also working on some solo projects and so a few months ticked by." (Lynette)
Then in late-May 2012, Pete went into cardiac arrest during a martial arts training session. Pete passed away in June 2012 at the age of 45. This very soulful, enigmatic, kind-hearted, gregarious man left his mark on the Christchurch community, and it was not only fitting but absolute that this song be completed.
For the final recording session, Christchurch-based cellist, Nicole Reddington, was integral in providing the hauntingly sublime final voice in the song's choir. Mixing and mastering of the single was completed by Kevin Allison at Angels Gate.
This song is dedicated to our Angel, Pete Love.