Hello Friends, Family and new Friends and Family - and thanks for reading about my new project.
I couldn't be more excited about this new full-length CD. It’s something I have wanted to do for years. I am tentatively calling the CD “Timeless.” I’ll explain that later.
First off, a bit of history. (This part is from my bio, so please excuse the third person writing):
Benny Mardones exploded onto the music scene in 1980 and was quickly nicknamed "The Voice," a title earned because of his incredible range, as well as his soulful and passionate performance of "Into The Night." The song became a radio classic across the country, topped the charts twice (1980 and 1989), and became one of the most frequently played tunes in radio history. It is estimated that the song has been played more than 6,00,000 times in the US alone. And it is still played all over the world to this day.
You can read my full bio on my website… www.BennyMardones.com/bio. I have been releasing records ever since then. I even have an award winning documentary about me that will be released (FINALLY!) later this year.
So what is “Timeless” and why is this so special to me? Before “Into The Night,” I was in a band with an incredibly talented man named DL Byron. Our band was really popular, but we never got a deal. After a few years we went our separate ways but have remained close ever since. D.L. went on to write the song “Shadows Of The Night” for Pat Benatar and won a Grammy for song of the year. I had forgotten about a lot of those songs until a few years ago when I was cleaning out my storage room in Woodstock and found a treasure trove of old reel-to-reel tapes including the demos D.L. and I recorded. I had them transferred by my friend Alan at West West Side Mastering. They actually had to bake the tapes to get them to play. When I heard those old songs I remembered how much I loved them, and how much I wanted the world to hear them.
That is how “Timeless” was born.
My band, The Hurricanes, and I are going in to record some of those amazing songs that DL and I wrote all those years ago.
But those are only some of the songs we will be recording. I have also been writing new material with Robert Tepper, the co-writer of “Into The Night.” The old magic is back and we will record some of the new songs that Bobby and I have been working on.
I am also going to re-record some of the songs I released in the 80s that my fans love but sound really dated. That’s part of the overall goal of “Timeless”. These recordings will sound different than my other releases. It’s going to be all classic sounds, Hammond B-3 organ, big drums and loud guitars.
I am incredibly excited to finally be recording a CD with the Hurricanes in my adopted hometown of Syracuse. This CD is so personal to me that I know it will be amazing.
Why am I using Kickstarter?
I had offers from record labels that would have funded and released this new record. But I wanted to make sure this was the record I wanted to record. It’s the first time I am in charge of my record, and I know that when you finally hear it, you will love it. If you become one of the backers of this project, I plan to take you along on the journey. I will update you with pictures, audio and video from our rehearsals and from the studio. It will give you a glimpse of all the work and fun we put into making an album.
How I will use these funds:
The money we raise will be used to record the album and manufacture all the goodies you see listed. If by chance we raise more money, we will use that to promote this record to radio and press.
The Hurricanes and I are so excited by this project, and we can’t wait for you to hear it. Thank you so much for your support all these years.
Here's link to Benny singing "Into The Night" on the show Midnight Special (with hosts Wolman Jack and Chevy Chase) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ5MM1EpFYU
Here's a link to the official video for "Into The Night" - it was directed by Todd Rundgren. No one could find it for years, we got a copy from a TV station in Australia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aWhn0Hc8ps.
Risks and challenges
As I like to say, “This ain’t my first rodeo,” so I know what I am doing. I have assembled a great team of people – the same ones who helped me have my last two Billboard charting songs (“I Want It All,” and “I Need A Miracle," from my 2003 release “Journey Through Time”). Greg Ross who made the documentary about me and released "Journey Through Time," is helping e organize everything along with the Hurricanes. This is a real family style project. We know what we are doing and are confident we can fulfill all our promises and you see here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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