Veteran crooner Rod Stewart, who signed to J Records in February after 25 years with Warner-affiliated labels, is eyeing an Oct. 15 release for his label debut.
Veteran crooner Rod Stewart, who signed to J Records in February after 25 years with Warner-affiliated labels, is eyeing an Oct. 15 release for his label debut. The as-yet-untitled set will find Stewart dipping into the classic American songbook, turning his own versions of classic tunes from American pop history.
Producers Phil Ramone and Richard Perry assisted in the creation of the new record, which J chairman/CEO Clive Davis expects "to be a huge worldwide musical event." Stewart contributes renditions of '30s standards "It Had To Be You," "These Foolish Things," "Moonglow," "For All We Know," and more. The George and Ira Gershwin composition "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields' "The Way You Look Tonight" are also interpreted on the album.
Ramone expressed his delight with the project in a statement. "In choosing these wonderful songs and hearing Rod perform them, it made me realize Rod and this music are joined at the hip," he said. "It's really a perfect fit. He steps up to the mic, sings his heart out, and his voice finds that sexy swing groove that is pure Rod Stewart."
Stewart, who recently headlined the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, told Billboard Bulletin in February he was excited to be heading to J. "J is where I wanted to be and, for me, it's a dream come true ... I'm over the moon about the whole thing," he said.
Stewart's last album of new material, "Human," was released last year on Atlantic and peaked at No. 50 on The Billboard 200.