Hollywood stunt pilot, aerial film coordinator, and multi-award winning recording artist Jeff Senour has released his debut single and video, “Angels Watching Over Me,” from Universal Music Group’s Mi5 Recordings.
“Angels Watching Over Me,” Senour's first single on Universal, entered the DRT Global Top 50 Rock Airplay Chart at #29, sharing the Top 30 with mainstream artists including Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Godsmack, Fall Out Boy, and more.
The “Angels Watching Over Me" video currently has 1.9 million views on YouTube.
“Angels Watching Over Me” is a thrill ride of the tallest order. The song escalates with walls of stacked guitars and Beatlesque harmonies.
“One time when we were filming a Boeing 747 for an airline commercial, we were almost accidentally hit in midair by the huge aircraft,” Senour says of the inspiration for the song. "Sometimes in aviation, unforeseen events can pop up that can cause fear, just like in life. I realized that it was by the grace of God we weren’t hit. We would have surely been killed if we had hit each other. That moment taught me that fear can overcome us, but God tells us hundreds of times in the Bible to have no fear. That day, His angels were watching over us."
“There are also living angels,” he adds, “those people who put others before self-servants, like our military and first responders, who are the real heroes of this world, not the fairy tale ones.”
“Angels Watching Over Me” highlights the talents of Senour's powerhouse band, CTS (Called to Serve), and its extraordinary members, including drummer Joe McGinnity, bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Jerry Nuzum, and lead guitarist Dylan Elliott, plus Ted Mason on guitars (Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Modern English). All are ably showcased by co-producers Jeremy Parker (Evanescence, Godsmack) and Ted Mason (Peter Gabriel, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Modern English).
The collective results are perfectly matched for a shell-shocked society emerging from the Covid crisis as the song confronts the subjects of fear and spiritual warfare.
“When I formed the CTS band, it was with the intent to write music with a great inspirational Christian message and to get it out into the world to inspire people of all ages to live their dreams,” Senour continues. “We put things bigger than ourselves first, such as honoring “living angels” like our veterans and first responders and doing charity events. That has landed us on huge stages and venues across America. From the Pentagon to Pearl Harbor, we have performed in front of thousands of people, giving them hope and inspiration.”
Senour is currently preparing for the release of Angels and Miracles, his upcoming debut album from Universal Music Group’s Mi5 Recordings.
Senour was recently signed after label president Ted Mason listened to an earlier version of Angels and Miracles, which was previously released independently. Mason loved the music, and wanted to release it to the label's worldwide audience-significantly reimagined.
“I am working very closely in producing and working Angels and Miracles, Jeff Senour's upcoming release," says Ted Mason, president of Mi5 Recordings / Universal Music Group. Mason, a well-known singer/songwriter/guitarist, producer, and former member of multi-platinum British rock/pop band Modern English, continues. “I have great respect for Jeff-he is a great singer and a humble man of honor. I have added guitars and additional production into his music."
Senour couldn’t be more excited to share his music with a wider audience.
I believe Angels and Miracles is an album well suited for the times in which we live,” he says. “In a world that has lost its bearings and is trapped in the clutches of division, uncertainty, and hopelessness, this album offers the hope and peace we have found in Jesus. Every song on Angels and Miracles offers a message of love, kindness, forgiveness, and gratitude to everyone that listens.”
Thematically, the upbeat rock album encourages listeners to treat every day as a gift to be cherished.
“It’s easy to get caught up in the cares of the world and lose sight of what’s important,” Senour muses.
“While everyone faces the inevitable ups and downs of life, each of our journeys boils down to the same basic desires-loving our families and friends, living each day to its fullest, and leaving a legacy behind that inspires others," he continues.
The gratitude-filled perspective on life that he shares through his music was largely formed during Senour's career as a pilot. During his riveting ride, he has seen the inspiring splendor of God’s creation from the best seat in the sky.
After earning his wings in a Learjet, Senour went on to captain charter flights for a slew of famous celebrities, CEOs and other high-profile clients. He has also enjoyed an extensive Hollywood movie career.
In multiple blockbuster hits, Senour has flown a state-of-the-art aerial camera platform called Vectorvision as a stunt pilot, collecting flying and aerial coordinator credits in iconic films including True Lies, Executive Decision, The Silence of the Lambs, Hot Shots, Space Cowboys, and many more, as well as classic TV shows including Murder She Wrote, The Fall Guy, Knight Rider, and more.
He has also been a photo chase pilot for numerous airframe manufacturers and aerospace companies, capturing on film the likes of the Blue Angels, the Thunderbirds, and the Canadian Snowbirds, as well as iconic aircraft such as Gulfstream, Boeing, Lockheed, and McDonnell Douglas.
Senour also served as a helicopter pilot for Channel 9 News in Los Angeles, and he spent many years as a pilot for Southwest Airlines, where he became known as "The Singing Pilot" and ultimately rose from Senior Pilot to Senior Captain and won the prestigious President’s Award.
All the while, this sky's-the-limit singer/songwriter/pilot had a guitar by his side, often singing for passengers prior to flights and via countless other platforms.
The ASCAP member and NAMM music convention main stage performer has three acclaimed studio albums under his belt, which have thus far resulted in the Legacy Of Valor Medal from the Hispanic Medal Of Honor Society, and a Founder’s Award from the Military Writer’s Society, along with two additional awards from that organization: Best Song for “My House” and Best Music Video for “You Won’t Be Forgotten.”
Senour was also asked to compose the song “Snowball Express” as the theme song for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s program of the same name that serves the surviving spouses and children of fallen heroes.
Senour’s vertically focused journeys have not only made their way into his upcoming album, Angels and Miracles, on Universal Music Group’s Mi5 Recordings, but they are also the subject of his recently released book, Life Lessons From 7 Miles High: The View That Captured My Heart.
"Flying has inspired much of my songwriting because of that perspective,” Senour says. “My music has become a ministry to pass on to others. It’s my hope and prayer that it touches many lives.”
“My desire is to have the opportunity to influence people’s lives in a positive way, to inspire them to treat others with kindness, and to adopt a servant’s heart,” sums up Senour. “God wants each of us to have a servant’s heart. It’s a great feeling, and my mission is accomplished if anyone who listens to the music or reads the book takes these ideas away.”