Thursday, 3 January 2013

Paul D'Adamo: Tell Me Something- Debut Album: Features Members Of Phil Collins Band

Debut CD Release By Vocalist Paul D'Adamo Features Genesis and Phil Collins Members

Grapevine, TX - Vocalist extraordinaire Paul D'Adamo is no stranger to the world of Phil Collins and Genesis. His debut CD 'Tell Me Something' not only showcases a mixture of original compositions and re-done, lesser known classics by Phil Collins and Genesis, but also features essentially the core of Phil Collins's touring band: Brad Cole, Leland Sklar, Daryl Stuermer, Chester Thompson, Luis Conte, Arnold McCuller, Amy Keys, Lynne Fiddmont, and renowned jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright (who also worked with the Phil Collins Big Band). Of course, many members of Phil's touring band are active session players, and there have been projects where a couple of them have played together, but 'Tell Me Something' represents the first time almost all of Phil Collins's entire ensemble of musicians have come together on a project...without Phil Collins!

“Paul D'Adamo's cover of 'Entangled' is a very beautifully put together version - magical. Paul's voice is really good.” - Steve Hackett

And just what is it about Phil Collins and Genesis that Paul D'Adamo finds so appealing? Paul explains, “As a vocalist first, then keyboardist and drummer, the music of Genesis was written with those thick 'outside the box' voicings to certainly establish their distinctive sound. I always tend to challenge myself as a musician, and their use of time signatures to fit lyrically and melodically inspired me. Phil's music was very autobiographical for me. It seemed that his melodies and lyrics provided a day to day soundtrack for my life. I enjoy that both Genesis and Phil Collins music tends to be the round peg that can also fit into the square hole. Neither the band nor solo artist were ever the type of musicians to play it safe!”

From the time he started formal lessons at the age of six, Paul has had diverse musical influences. Some of these styles include classical, jazz, pop, musical theater and rock. His passion for singing, performing, and piano playing continued through his college years where he studied with some of the finest teachers at the Indiana University School of Music, The Juilliard School and Berklee College of Music. He also began teaching a number of students, as well as studying privately to further his art and hone his craft. In 2002, Paul opened The D'Adamo School of Performing Arts, where he still teaches private voice, piano, drums, music theory and songwriting lessons in his Grapevine studio.

'Tell Me Something' was mostly recorded in Nashville at the Colemine Studios owned by Brad Cole, who produced the album. We made a few trips to LA to track with Leland Sklar, Arnold McCuller, Amy Keys, Lynne Fiddmont, Darlene Koldenhoven and Grant Geissman. The album took two years to the day to complete and was a true labor of love for Paul, allowing him to make great music with his influences, who have since become dear friends. Fans of Genesis will enjoy hearing things on Paul's new album like Daryl Stuermer's take on “Entangled”(from the 1976 album 'A Trick Of The Tail') alongside a fairly faithful version of the song. But it must be stressed that Paul D'Adamo is not a Genesis tribute act by any stretch of the imagination, he is an accomplished songwriter in his own right, which is witnessed by his unique compositions also included on 'Tell Me Something'. Says Paul, “I wanted a collective of songs that were very personal to me. Songs that had seen me go through the highs and lows of my life both professionally and personally. So if I wanted a musical autobiography, I guess this would have been it.”

“Paul D'Adamo's reworking of 'Entangled' from 'A Trick Of The Tail' – a real gem among the embarrassment of riches that is the Genesis catalogue – is probably the most interesting and entertaining thing here, though the echo-swathed acapella rendition of 'Guide Vocal', previously a showcase for Collins on the 'Duke' album, ends proceedings on a high note.” - Dave Ling, Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine

 

To purchase Paul D'Adamo's 'Tell Me Something' CD& DVD combo: www.cdbaby.com/cd/pauldadamo,www.melodicrevolution.com
also available as a digital download from iTunes and Amazon

For more information: http://www.thedadamoschool.com/

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