NEW SOLO ALBUM: ‘THE STORY OF LIGHT’ TO BE RELEASED IN THE UK: 3rd SEPTEMBER 2012 WITH GUEST VOCALISTS INCLUDING AIMEE MANN AND BEVERLY MCCLELLAN
LIMITED EDITION OF ALBUM WILL ALSO BE RELEASED IN THE UK ON THE 14TH AUGUST EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH A COVERMOUNT ON CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
12 ORIGINAL RECORDINGS CONTINUE A CONCEPTUAL NARRATIVE ARC STARTED ON VAI’S ACCLAIMED REAL ILLUSIONS:REFLECTIONS ALBUM
Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai is set to release a new solo album of original material¸ on September 17th (in the UK) called ‘The Story Of Light’. The title comes out on Favored Nations Entertainment¸ the label Vai founded in 1999. Its sprawling and expressive 12 song set continues a conceptual and cosmic narrative arc begun on the artist’s acclaimed 2005 album Real Illusions: Reflections¸ Vai’s last studio album.
Although The Story of Light is largely instrumental¸ the album does feature guest vocalists¸ including singer songwriter Aimee Mann—dueting with Vai on “No More Amsterdam¸” which she also cowrote—and Beverly McClellan¸ a season one finalist on The Voice (USA). McClellan appears on “John the Revelator¸” a track inspired by a vintage recording of blues singer Blind Willie Johnson¸ whose acid soaked vocals are in the mix as well. Other highlights include the title track which opens the album¸ “Gravity!Storm¸” “The Moon and I¸” and “Velorum.”
Throughout¸ three time GRAMMY winner Vai’s lead guitar is as lyrically resonant as it is technically masterful¸ his licks and solos bending sounds and in listeners’ minds in equal measure. The Story of Light follows the journey of a man driven mad by grief¸ intertwining tragedy¸ revelation¸ enlightenment¸ and redemption.
Following up the 2009 live album Where The Wild Things Are¸ The Story of Light¸ is Vai’s! 16th solo effort. In support of its release¸ Vai will begin a tour of North America on August 15th in Fort Lauderdale Florida¸ accompanied by his band—who are also featured on the new album: Dave Weiner (guitar)¸ Jeremy Colson (drums)¸ Philip Bynoe(bass)¸and Deborah Hensen (harp¸ vocals¸ keyboards). European dates are expected later in 2012.