Phil Keaggy to Release First New Vocal Project in Six Years
October 26, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment NewsNashville, TN – Legendary guitarist and songwriter Phil Keaggy has announced the upcoming release of Dream Again, his first new vocal project of original compositions in six years. Since releasing his last vocal project, Inseparable, in 2000, Keaggy has focused on producing instrumental projects, including JAMMED! and Roundabout, both of which released this year to much acclaim from fans and critics alike. Dream Again will release on Strobie Records on January 30, 2007.
Leaving behind the electric guitars of JAMMED! and the improvisational elements of Roundabout, Keaggy wanted to give the music of Dream Again more of a homespun feel. To that end, he has paired very personal, insightful lyrics with acoustic arrangements that lend an intimate feeling to the entire project. The result is an album that is intensely close to Keaggy’s heart.
"The album was inspired by people in my life who are near and dear to me," Keaggy says of Dream Again. "It’s a relationship album—about our relationship with God and with those who are near in our lives."
Dream Again is definitely a family affair, including songs about Keaggy’s family and close friends, in addition to those that come out of his own struggles and experiences. He even goes a step further, featuring vocals from daughter Alicia on "Micah 6:8," as well as vocals and guitar from son Ian on the songs "Why" and "Revive Me." Two of the songs from the album—"Kathy’s Song" and "How Can I Thank You"—were penned for his sisters, and "Love Is The Reason" was written as a wedding gift for a friend. "It’s You and Me" is a love song to his wife Bernadette, and Keaggy dedicates "There With You" to his daughter Olivia. Other songs included on the album are the title track, which was inspired by a conversation with a friend, and "Revive Me," which recalls the spiritual energy Keaggy felt when he was saved. Keaggy crafted the song "Redemption" utilizing two poems written by his friend Todd Albertson, whose lyrical content was also used on "Thank You For Today," a song he considers a gift for Albertson.
Keaggy comments, "I think it’s an album that states what’s important, what’s on my mind here and now in my life."
Keaggy has enjoyed immense success over his career, which has spanned more than three decades. Having first entered the music scene as the co-founder and guitarist for ‘70s power group Glass Harp, Keaggy has since released close to 50 albums and has made appearances on countless others. Widely recognized for his guitar playing, he has received numerous accolades and awards for his music, including seven Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination. Keaggy continues to sell out concerts all over the US with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.
Dream Again will be available on Strobie Records and distributed through TAG Artist Group. Formed in 2004 by industry veteran Dan Huisinga, TAG Artist Group offers a home to new and established artists who are ministering on a national level and have the ability to commit to national marketing. As the fastest growing independent Christian distributor, TAG Artist Group is home to Phil Keaggy, as well as Bryan Duncan, Clay Crosse, Leon Patillo, Steve Archer, Chuckie Perez, Bruce Carroll, Ceili Rain, Randy Stonehill, Kent Bottenfield, John Cox, Greg Troyer, Roads to Rome, Janelle, Joy Oliver, JJ Heller and Brent Rush campaigns.
For more information on Phil Keaggy or Dream Again, visit http://www.philkeaggy.com.
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