Fusicologist on September 20, 2010with 0 comments
Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder and leader produces 12th solo project
Singer, songwriter, producer, Hall of Famer and Grammy® Award winner, Philip Bailey has released a new EP, “Love Is Real”. The EP, released through P.Bailey Entertainment Group, is available exclusively as a digital download on iTunes and Amazon and disc format at concert tour locations. A bonus track is available for free download at philipbailey.com.
As co-founder and leader of the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire, Philip Baileyhas had a profound impact on contemporary music.
“Love is Real” is Bailey’s 12th solo project and will mark his first in eight years. The EP has been a passion project for Bailey, featuring five new original tracks that showcase his remarkable falsetto and multiple-octave vocal range. Mixing that sonic power and a smooth fusion of music genres from jazz to acoustic to R&B the project was “electronic” inspired after first listening to a Moby album.
Bailey penned the lyrics and arranged the music on all the songs collaborating with a list of talented songwriters, producers and musicians including John Paris, Myron McKinley, Ryan McDermott, Joseph Wolfe, Philip Doron Bailey, Nancy “Rosey” Kaye and re-mixer Carmen Rizzo (Paul Oakenfold, Alanis Morissette).
After listening to a diverse collection of artists in the electronic genre, Bailey was inspired by the British neo/soul R&B artist, Ephraim Lewis for the title track, “Love Is Real.” Lyrically, he addresses the complexities of relationships.
“Relationships are so complicated, and anything but perfect,” Bailey says. “Just because you are having difficulty in a relationship doesn’t mean the love you feel in a relationship is not necessarily real. Or just because you actually can’t be together in a relationship, doesn’t necessarily mean the relationship is not real.”
“We’re Gonna Make It” is a song that germinated from the Haiti earthquake and tragedy. “This was an event that touched everybody all over the world,” Bailey said. “We reached out to a native of Haiti and asked her some questions about certain things we wanted to say, and how we wanted to say it, and we came up with a chant in the middle of the song that says when you have faith everything is gonna work out.”
“You In I,” “Won’t Waste Time” and “Cruel Time” round out the release. “Cruel Time” is now available for free download to fans at philipbailey.com.
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, Philip Bailey has had a celebrated career and is co-founder, bandleader and principal of the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire. The group has been showered with awards and accolades through out its 40-year history and became one of the most important, innovative, and commercially invincible contemporary Pop / R&B music forces of the 20th century.
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