Taking a detour from his main job as lead guitarist for the rock band Journey, Neal Schon has put the finishing touches on his latest solo album, The Calling – which will be released by Frontiers Records Worldwide on Monday, Oct. 22. It was announced by Llewmorc Media & Production Agency.
Produced by, and featuring, Schon on all guitars and bass, The Calling reunites Schon with former Journey band mate, Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12 tracks on the new album and Grammy Award-winning special guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra,) recorded Moog synthesizer solos on two tracks – Fifty Six and Tumbleweeds.
Igor Len, a classical, jazz and film composer who had previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano throughout The Calling album.
Recorded at Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios during a break from Journey’s touring schedule, Neal recorded the album completely from scratch in just four days.
Neal once again teamed up with Dan Barnett (Journey: Live In Manila) to produce the video for the first single and title track from The Calling, filmed entirely in San Francisco and Marin County. The long-form video is available now at iTunes.
Schon has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.
As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schon continues to lead the band today in its latest incarnation.
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