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Alan Parsons releases new track, 'Sometimes,' featuring special guest vocalist Lou Gramm of Foreigner

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Fri, Apr 12th 2019 05:10 pm

Grammy Award-winning master of progressive rock Alan Parsons will return with a new album, “The Secret,” on April 26, via Frontiers Music Srl. Parsons has released a new single, titled "Sometimes," featuring Lou Gramm of Foreigner on vocals. Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijw2Zd0DrM0&feature=youtu.be.

Pre-order "The Secret" in multiple formats and stream singles here: http://radi.al/AlanParsonsTheSecret. The first single, "Miracle,” featuring Jason Mraz on vocals, can be streamed here: https://youtu.be/pjMaIiSaNWM. The second single, “I Can't Get There From Here," can be seen as a music video. The song features Jared Mahone on lead vocals and incorporates footage from the feature film "5/25/77." Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ciptb2f8Awo.

Parsons longtime hobby has been performing magic and this brand-new album showcases his own passion for the craft – hence the title “The Secret.” The album sees a return to the pop-rock sound with symphonic and progressive rock interludes the Alan Parsons Project was known for.

"Magic has always been a passion of mine. I am a member of The Magic Castle in Los Angeles. I've also worked with the Japanese magic company Tenyo, writing instruction books and catalogs for their tricks. I dabble with magic myself in my free time, so an album with magical influences was a natural progression,” Parsons said.

His history in the music business one is a storied and unique one. He was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles and, after he became a full-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies, among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic "The Dark Side Of The Moon" that really got him the world’s attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer, notably with Pilot’s “Magic," John Miles’ “Highfly" and “Music,” and Steve Harley’s "Make Me Smile.” He also produced the hugely successful "Year Of The Cat" album with Al Stewart and two albums with American prog rock band Ambrosia.

With his long-standing previous APP collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson, drummer Stuart Elliott and orchestral arranger Andrew Powell, Parsons dropped the “Project” identity for Alan Parsons’ “Try Anything Once” in 1994. The partnership continued for “On Air” in 1996 and “The Time Machine” in 1999. During this time, the first incarnation of “Alan Parsons Live Project” toured extensively all over the globe.

Following his relocation to California in 1999, a brand-new Live Project band was formed in 2003. Another band reshuffle happened in 2010. The current live band consists of Parsons on acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals, P.J. Olsson on vocals, Tom Brooks on keyboards, Guy Erez on bass, Jeff Kollman on guitar and vocals, Danny Thompson on drums, Todd Cooper on sax, percussion and vocals, and Dan Tracey on guitar and vocals.

Parsons’ last album, "A Valid Path,” a unique foray into the world of electronica, was released in 2004.

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