Iranian artist Mahsa Vahdat and Norwegian producer and poet Erik Hillestad met through the project "Lullabies from the Axis of Evil" in 2003. Their cooperation on many projects led to a meeting between Erik and Iranian poet and visual artist Mohammad Ebrahim Jafari. With Mahsa, they arranged a poetic workshop in Vence in Provence, France, in December 2008. The exchange of ideas became the lyrics of love duets, and the lyrics were given melodies by Mahsa Vahdat, Sigvart Dagsland, Knut Reiersrud and Jarle Bernhoft in the spring of 2009. Well-known American blues artist Mighty Sam McClain rose to the challenge to perform the duets with Mahsa in June of the same year.