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Hear ‘Sometimes,’ an Anthemic New Song from Alan Parsons Featuring Foreigner’s Lou Gramm on Vocals


On April 26, Alan Parsons will release an anticipated new album, The Secret, which the innovative musician/producer previewed in recent weeks with a pair of pre-release songs.

The most recent is “Sometimes,” a tender song featuring guest vocals from Lou Gramm, longtime lead singer of Foreigner (and current feature interview subject on Rock Cellar).

Stream “Sometimes” below:

The Secret will be Parsons’ first new album of original material since 2004’s A Valid Path. Previous songs released from the new LP include “Miracle,” featuring Jason Mraz:

And “I Can’t Get There From Here,” featuring Jared Mahone:

The title of the album comes from Parsons’ personal interest in magic:

“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”.

Here’s the track listing for The Secret, as well as some personnel information:

1. “THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE” (instrumental)*
2. “MIRACLE” (lead vocal: Jason Mraz)
3. “AS LIGHTS FALL” (lead vocal: Alan Parsons)
4. “ONE NOTE SYMPHONY” (lead vocal: Todd Cooper)
5. “SOMETIMES” (lead vocal: Lou Gramm)
6. “SOIRÉE FANTASTIQUE” (lead vocal: Todd Cooper, Alan Parsons)
7. “FLY TO ME” (lead vocal: Mark Mikel)
8. “REQUIEM” (lead vocal: Todd Cooper)
9. “BEYOND THE YEARS OF GLORY” (lead vocal: PJ Olsson)§
10.” THE LIMELIGHT FADES AWAY” (lead vocal: Jordan Huffman)
11. “I CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE” (lead vocal: Jared Mahone)§ featured in Motion Picture 5-25-77

Guitars: Steve Hackett (on *), Jeff Kollmann, Dan Tracey, Tony Rosacci, Ian Bairnson (solo on §), Alan Parsons
Synth, Keyboards: Andy Ellis, Tom Brooks, Dan Tracey, Alan Parsons
Piano: Pat Caddick, Angelo Pizzaro
Bass: Nathan East (on *), Guy Erez, Jeff Peterson
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta (on *), Danny Thompson, Carl Sorensen
Sax: Todd Cooper
Cello: Michael Fitzpatrick

ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENTS Tom Brooks / STRINGS CONDUCTED BY Alan Parsons except on * Tom Brooks
ORCHESTRA The CMG Music Recording Orchestra of Hollywood

UKULELE Jake Shimabukuro
TROMBONES Oscar Utterström
TRUMPETS Vinnie Ciesielski

In addition to the album release, Parsons and his band have a number of live performances coming up. The schedule:

04/04/19 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre
04/06/19 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort – Grand Theatre
04/07/19 Jackson, CA Jackson Rancheria Casino
04/09/10 Boise, ID Egyptian Theater
04/10/19 Portland, OR Revolution Hall
04/12/19 Bow, WA Skagit Casino Resort
04/13/19 Bow, WA Skagit Casino Resort
04/15/19 Calgary, AB Grey Eagle Event Centre
04/16/19 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre
–> 04/27/19 Milan, Italy Live Club Frontiers Rock Festival <–
04/28/19 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7 Pratteln
04/30/19 Amsterdam, AQ Paradiso
05/01/19 Nijmegen, AQ De Vereening
05/02/19 Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique
05/04/19 De Oosterpoort Groningen, Netherlands
05/05/19 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
06/03/19 Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv, Israel
06/04/19 Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv, Israel
06/10/19 Crocus City Hall Moscow, RU
06/14/19 Oldenburg, DE Weser-Ems-Halle
06/15/19 Leipzig, DE Haus Auensee
06/16/19 Hamburg, DE Stadtpark
06/18/19 Munster, DE Halle Munsterland
06/19/19 Dusseldorf, DE Mitsubishi Electric Halle
06/21/19 Frankfurt am Main, DE Jahrhunderthalle
06/22/19 Berlin, DE Admiralpalast
06/24/19 Munchen, DE Circus Krone


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