Monday, October 12, 2015

CD Review: New Music Arriving From Legendary Singer/Songwriters Michael Stanley And Narada Michael Walden

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Stanley will be releasing his latest solo album, "And Then..." on October 16th through Line Level Music. Stanley is backed by members of his road band, The Resonators, on this latest release of some his strongest material of the last twenty years. The new album was produced by Stanley and mixed by the legendary Bill Szymczyk (The Eagles, The Who, Santana). The new thirteen-song release begins with the big arena rocker "All Together Now" as Stanley's voice sounds vibrant, with a bit of a Springsteen-type strength to it. The country-rock appeal of "Radio Waves" will not disappoint long-time fans of his music as this should be a hit single on country radio. The rock ballad "And Then" showcases some of Stanley's best songwriting, while "Snakes" is a great southern rocker fueled with aggression and energy. Singer Jennifer Lee lends a hand to the gentle acoustic feel of "Long Ohio Winter," before returning to the classic seventies rock of "Hand On To This Heart." The album closes with the emotional delivery of "In Your Kiss" and the wonderful country sounds of "Circadian Rhythm." To find out more about Michael Stanley and his latest album "And Then...," please visit michaelstanley.com.
 
American award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Narada Michael Walden is releasing his new album "Evolution" on October 30th. Walden has worked along side many of the greatest artists of all time, including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Lionel Richie. He has won Grammy awards for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year, R&B Song of the Year and Billboard magazine named him one of the "top ten producers with the most number one hits." He released his first solo album in 1976 and this latest release with mark his thirteenth album. He also returns to his dance roots with the club beats of the album's first single "Billionaire On Soul Street." He adds a disco vibe to Richie Haven's "Freedom," while "Song For You" has a great modern R&B groove. Walden sounds as if he is conflicted between modern dance beats and seventies soul in The Commodores-style of "Tear The House Down," before finding his pop side with "Me And My Girl." He take on The Beatles' "Long And Winding Road" with such grace, that you wish there was more to come of this seasoned artist. To find out more about Narada Michael Walden and his new album "Evolution," please visit naradamichaelwalden.com.

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