Noted composer and performer Stephen Emmer -- who scored a hit with SoulTracks readers earlier this year -- has won the prestigious golden Global Music Award for his latest album, Home Ground. With this he becomes the first Dutch composer who has won this international award.
Stephen Emmer’s latest musical offering Home Ground combines the eloquence of contemporary orchestral soul music with socially conscious lyrics. It addresses contemporary concerns within the timeless musical excellence of classic soul combined with the sonic impact of the 21st century. The Home Ground songs are vocally performed by a careful selection of musical icons from the last 5 decades.
Stephen is proud to announce an impressive line up, consisting of some of the best soul voices this world has on offer. Featured artists include Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, Leon Ware, Kendra Foster, Frank McComb, Mary Griffin, Ursula Rucker, Andy Bey and Dwight Trible.
Limited edition (20 only) of the Stephen Emmer Deluxe Collection out now.
The Stephen Emmer Deluxe Collection consists of his latest album, International Blue on CD and (sealed) Blue Vinyl as well as his previous (spoken word) album 'Recitement' on CD topped with the Time To Face The Music 4CD Box Set. The TTFTM box set spans over 3 decades (1984-2008) of music as composed for a variety of media.
Vogue Estate, as originally released on Idiot Records back in 1982, recently got re-mastered by Stephen Emmer at Zownd Studios (Leiden), resulting in a fresh and now sounding timeless masterpiece of new wave.
The idea behind the mini album was to create a soundtrack for an imaginary film, featuring Dirk Bogarde. The late Billy Mackenzie (The Associates) appears on ‘Wish on’, where the legendary Michael Dempsey (The Cure) and Martha Ladly (Martha and The Muffins) also appear.
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We’ll soon announce the availability of only 10 exclusive limited edition Stephen Emmer album packages. Package consists of a signed copy of each of these 3 albums;
-Vogue Estate, featuring Martha Ladley & Billy McKenzie (mini album on vinyl),
-Recitement, featuring Lou Reed, Richard Burton, Benjamin Herman, a.o. (album on cd)
-International Blue, featuring Midge Ure, Glenn Gregory, Neil Crossley and Liam McKahey (album on blue vinyl).
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‘Sleep For England’ is the third release from the critically admired, ‘International Blue’ album. The Xmas version of 'Sleep For England' is a vocal re-work by Julian Lennon, which featured on the physical release of the album on CD earlier this year.
After putting music to spoken word with the help of Lou Reed, Yoko Ono etc., Stephen Emmer returns with a new album, produced at Avatar Studios in the Big Apple and the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, feauturing some well know helpers in a tribute to the lost art en elegance of pop crooning.
The most beautiful orchestrated, arranged and composed album of the year. Made as a tribute to and in a collaboration with some of the best crooners in history. Emmer easily competes with the biggest composers within the realm of pop crooning. The album is simply one of those timeless pieces of fine art.
‘Untouchable’ is a poignant ballad of loss and epic heartbreak, combined with a celebration of life and love. The lyrics were written and performed by Glenn Gregory of the pioneering 80’s synth pop band Heaven 17 as a tribute to the late Billy MacKenzie.
With platinum-selling Gregory on vocal duty – for the double A-side’s lead track - alongside legendary producer Tony Visconti (whose credits include some of the biggest selling acts of all time from Iggy Pop to Morrissey to Bowie to T-Rex) something truly exceptional has been crafted.