Mick Hucknall- one of the greatest British voices of all-time goes it alone for an extraordinary debut solo record with American Soul, available October 29th on Razor & Tie. American Soul features unique covers of Hucknall's favorite American soul music of the late 50's and early 60's, including tracks by Otis Redding, Etta James, Ray Charles and many more. The first single, a stunning version of the Redding classic "That's How Strong My Love Is," kicks off the album which was produced by Andy Wright at Hucknall's own studio.
"I was brought up on American soul and have such a deep appreciation for the music," said Hucknall. "I've been listening to most of these songs since I was 5 or 6 years old but it took working with Ron Wood and the Faces and with Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman's bands to make me remember how much I love singing these old-school souls and R&B songs. Those guys certainly played a part in inspiring me to make this album."
"A bravura performance throughout. Hearing these songs in any format is a tremendous pleasure, and Hucknall here does them credit," raved the BBC, in their review of American Soul when it was made available in the UK late last year. They were equally effusive for the individual tracks, including the Perry Como standard "It's Impossible" which they explain as, "A song that Hucknall learned when he was a waiter in a working man's club - stops you in your tracks. For those of a certain age, it's one of those songs that's been heard so many times you never want to hear it again. But then Hucknall does that occasionally remarkable thing of his and ensnares you with just how great his voice is."
Hucknall is renowned for his distinctive interpretations of others' songs, having already had global hits with "Money's Too Tight to Mention," "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and "You Make Me Feel Brand New." The start of Hucknall's solo career gives him free rein to record, together on one album, his favorites from his own personal journey through the American soul genre, giving an insight into the music that has inspired him throughout his life. This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for ex-Simply Red frontman Hucknall after disbanding the group following their triumphant sell-out Farewell Tour in December 2010.
Together with Simply Red, Mick Hucknall has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, won countless awards and has performed to audiences totaling over 10 million across the globe. Hucknall's path has taken him to extraordinary heights as a recording artist and live performer and his success has given him the opportunity to develop and indulge other interests including his passion for wine making, game fishing and his involvement in the development of the city of Manchester, UK. Hucknall has a degree in Fine Art and an honorary Master's degree from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology. Mick Hucknall, a true creative spirit, is still in the business of seeking out new challenges to satisfy his soul.
Holding Back The Years
If You Don't Know Me By Now
It's Only Love
Money's Too Tight To Mention
Something Got Me Started
A New Flame
Come To My Aid
The Right Thing
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Say You Love Me