Aaron Neville Signs With Burgundy

Veteran vocalist Aaron Neville has inked a new deal with Sony BMG's Burgundy Records imprint.

Veteran vocalist Aaron Neville has inked a new deal with Sony BMG's Burgundy Records imprint. The artist, who most recently recorded for Verve and EMI Gospel, is in a Los Angeles recording his Burgundy debut with producer Stewart Levine (B.B. King, Jamie Cullum).

The as-yet-untitled set will find Neville interpreting 15 soul tunes, including Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" and Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me." Neville will be paired on some selections with special guests to be announced.

The artist's two most recent studio projects have found him dabbling in standards and holiday music. His 2003 Verve effort "Nature Boy: The Standards Album," debuted in 2003 at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. Last fall, the EMI Gospel album "Christmas Prayer" reached No. 3 on the Top Gospel Albums tally.

Neville will be on the road throughout the summer with the Neville Brothers, including a June 17 stop at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival and appearances at jazz festivals in Indianapolis, Montreal and Istanbul. A headlining tour will get underway in December.