Friday, February 26, 2016

Elton to Executive Produce Foy Vance's New Album

Foy Vance has announced details of his first album for Gingerbread Man Records, the label launched last year by Ed Sheeran with Jamie Lawson’s self-titled No.1 album.

Released May 13th, The Wild Swan was recorded in Nashville with GRAMMY Award-winner Jacquire King. Recording legend Elton John is the album’s Executive Producer.

"I feel so privileged to be a part of this remarkable artist's first album on Gingerbread Man Records,” says Elton. “He is an extraordinary writer and singer."

Foy Vance and Ed Sheeran are long-term friends who have frequently toured and collaborated together, for The Wild Swan – an album that makes nods to, and takes cues from, heroes ranging from Noam Chomsky to Ziggy Stardust to WB Yeats – the pair’s relationship moves to another level.

“I’m so happy to be releasing Foy’s album on Gingerbread Man Records,” says Sheeran. “I’ve been such a huge fan since the first time I saw him live...I’m constantly blown away with how talented he is. The Wild Swan is an amazing album and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

One of the impetuses behind Sheeran founding Gingerbread Man Records was to give musicians he truly believes in complete artistic freedom, and so he made his friend an incredible offer: the chance to make a new album with an Artist-led record company, with full support and without constraint.

“Ed said, ‘go and make the record you want to make.’” Vance took him at his word.

This freedom enabled the Aberfeldy-based Irishman to craft The Wild Swan entirely to his own vision, in Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios aided by Jacquire King, producer of one of his favourite albums, Tom Waits’ Mule Variations.

“Mule Variations is not only an exquisitely-written record but a wonderful sounding record,” says Vance. “I actually flew out to meet Jacquire in person before I agreed to work with him because I wanted to look in the whites of his eyes and make sure we’d be on the same page. I didn’t want something too clean, polished and commercial.”

- Music news

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