I am SO EXCITED to FINALLY be able to share the info with you on my new album! It comes out March 4th. It was produced by Don Was. It’s called Everlasting. And it’s a record of classic soul and R&B songs. I love soulful music and it just made sense to me to stretch a bit at this time and do something that fills my heart and allows me to explore a little bit. I have worked hard to choose some of the best and most loved classics, much like I did with Timeless, and record them in a way that is faithful to the original, but still has my own artistic spin on it. Basically it’s an album of songs with beautiful, timeless melodies and heartfelt lyrics. It’s a romantic album. It’s a fun album. It has familiar songs as well as some songs you may be hearing for the first time.
Working with Don was a dream come true as he has produced some of my favorite artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, and The Rolling Stones. He is so musical and really helped me hone in on how to do these songs in a way that not only features the vocals, but also connects this music with what I’ve done in the past in a really honest, organic way. We cut with a very small band, all in the same room….just keyboards, bass, drums, and guitar, and added a 5 piece horn section and background vocals. Wait til you hear these horns!!!! I can’ wait to tour with this band in the spring!
While this is a departure, song-wise for me, soul, R&B, and country have a lot in common in the fact that they are songs about the human condition and heart. Some of the songs we covered were actually country hits as well as R&B hits. Much like Ray Charles’ Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music, this album goes back to a time when all music formats could be heard side by side. It’s not bound by genre or age. There are no rules! It’s music for everyone.
I can’t wait to go on this new journey with you. Putting out new music is one of the most exciting things we can do as performers. Stay tuned for a complete track listing in the upcoming weeks.