EWF Lights Up New Album With Big Boi, Wil.I.Am
After numerous release date changes, the new album from legendary R&B outfit Earth, Wind & Fire, "Illumination," is set for a Sept. 20 release via Sanctuary.After numerous release date changes, the new album from legendary R&B outfit Earth, Wind & Fire, "Illumination," is set for a Sept. 20 release via Sanctuary. The 12-track set is the follow-up to 2003's "The Promise," which broke a six-year EWF studio silence.
A number of high-profile artists and producers have left their fingerprints on "Illumination," including the Black Eyed Peas' Wil.I.Am, who wrote and produced "Lovely People." Raphael Saadiq produced "Love Together," "Pass You By," "Work It Out" and "Show Me the Way," a pre-release track that was nominated for a 2004 Grammy for best R&B vocal by a duo or group.
"Earth, Wind & Fire collaborating with the new soul movement made sense because the thrust of their music is still about playing instruments and utilizing vintage sounds, only in today's setting," group member Philip Bailey says.
Two songs have already appeared in films: the Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis-produced "Love Dance" in "Robots" and the Big Boi/Sleepy Brown/Kelly Rowland collaboration "This Is how I Feel" in "Hitch."
Other artists appearing on "Illumination" include Brian McKnight, Floetry and, on a bonus cover of OutKast's "The Way You Move," saxophonist Kenny G.
The group will begin a summer North American tour with Chicago on June 24 in, appropriately, Chicago.
Here is the track list for "Illumination":
"Show Me the Way" featuring Raphael Saadiq
"This Is How I Feel" featuring Sleepy Brown, Big Boi, Kelly Rowland
"Lovely People" featuring Wil.I.Am
"Pass You By"
"To You" featuring Brian McKnight
"Elevated" featuring Floetry
"Work It Out"
"The Way You Move" (bonus track) featuring Kenny G