darlene loveGuitar great/artist/producer/E Street Band icon Stevie Van Zandt has signed seminal pop legend Darlene Love to his Wicked Cool label, partnering with Columbia Records to release a new album by Love coming this fall, titled Introducing Darlene Love.  Van Zandt arranged and produced the album, enlisting a star-studded cast to contribute songs to Love’s return to Marquee-pop music making, including Michael Des Barres among other greats such as Elvis CostelloBruce SpringsteenStevie Van ZandtJim WebbLinda PerryDesmond ChildJoan Jett and legendary songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Introducing Darlene Love will be released on September 18th, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer imbuing new and classic songs with her signature dynamic vocal delivery that the New York Times has hailed as “a thunderbolt voice embedded in the history of rock n’ roll…” and Rolling Stone has called “a rare instrument sturdy enough to vault over Phil Spector’s ‘Wall of Sound.’”

One of the songs handpicked to show off Darlene’s incredible talent is “Painkiller,” co-written by Michael Des Barres and Paul Ill. Says Des Barres, “As a kid growing up in London in the velvet 60′s, steeped in American R&B, rock n’ roll and the blues, I never dreamed that one day one of these great artists would cut one of my songs. Darlene Love and Stevie Van Zandt did just that. Paul Ill and I are tremendously proud to be part of this magnificent album.”

Love’s five-decade career spans some of the greatest signature moments in music, with the Los Angeles native nurturing her talent early as a member of the Blossoms, a local trio who began providing backup vocals at recording sessions for artists such as Sam Cooke and Bobbie Day. The Blossoms also were featured as part of the house band for the popular ’60s music show Shindig, backing up many of the performers who appeared on the series. Love would go on to become one of the most sought-after background singers in music history, recording with Elvis PresleyFrank SinatraDionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, and dozens of other vocal giants throughout her career. Her early work with iconic producer Phil Spector on songs such as the pioneering “He’s A Rebel,” “He’s Sure The Boy I Love,” and “Why Do Lover’s Break Each Other’s Hearts,” would garner her legend status. She is featured in the 2013 Academy Award winning documentary ’20 Feet From Stardom,’ chronicling the behind-the-scenes lives of background singers. The accompanying album won a 2014 Grammy in the Best Music Film category.

The prolific Van Zandt creates a compelling production aesthetic on Introducing Darlene Love, echoing the classic recording style of many early ’60s pop standards on the forthcoming Columbia Records/Wicked Cool release, available everywhere September 18th.

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