Columbia, Stevie Van Zandt Team Up For New Darlene Love Album
June 18, 2015 at 12:40 PM (PT)
Guitar great/artist/producer/E STREET BAND icon STEVIE VAN ZANDT has signed seminal pop legend DARLENE LOVE to his WICKED COOL label, partnering with COLUMBIA RECORDS to release a new album coming this fall, "Introducing DARLENE LOVE."
VAN ZANDT arranged and produced the album, enlisting a star-studded cast to contribute songs to LOVE’s return to recording, including, among others, ELVIS COSTELLO, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, VAN ZANDT, JIM WEBB, LINDA PERRY, DESMOND CHILD, JOAN JETT and the HALL OF FAME BRILL BUILDING songwriting team of BARRY MANN and CYNTHIA WEIL.
The highly anticipated album will be released in early autumn, with ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMEr LOVE covering new and classic songs with her signature dynamic vocal delivery that the NEW YORK TIMES dubbed “a thunderbolt voice embedded in the history of rock 'n’ roll…” and ROLLING STONE praised as “a rare instrument sturdy enough to vault over PHIL SPECTOR’s ‘Wall of Sound.’”
Commented VAN ZANDT: “DARLENE’s legendary status is well-deserved but I felt the time was long overdue to show a younger generation why she has earned that reputation. Partnering with COLUMBIA RECORDS is a dream come true because now I know the world will hear her.”
LOVE’s five-decade career spans some of the greatest signature moments in music, with the L.A. native nurturing her talent early as a member of THE BLOSSOMS, a local trio who began providing backup vocals at recording sessions for artists such as SAM COOKE, and as part of the house band for the '60s show, "Shindig." LOVE went on to become one of the most sought-after background singers in music history, before performing such classics with SPECTOR as “He’s A Rebel,” “He’s Sure The Boy I Love,” and “Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts.” LOVE was also featured in the 2013 OSCAR-winning documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom," chronicling the behind-the-scenes lives of background singers. The accompanying album won a 2014 GRAMMY in the BEST MUSIC FILM category.