Queen’s Brian May and Kerry Ellis have announced they will be releasing a second studio album, ‘Golden Days’.
The 13-track album, which includes five original compositions, two by May, including the title track, and three by May and Ellis, is to be released in the UK and Eire this April.
The album also includes new rock arrangements of some of May and Ellis’s favourite songs of all time: a tribute to guitar virtuoso Gary Moore, two songs dedicated to their work on behalf of wild animals, and a couple of reinterpretations of songs which have already become essentials in their live act.
In 2010, the May-produced Kerry Ellis debut album, ‘Anthems’ gave the partnership their first taste of chart success and triggered a highly successful touring career.
“This album is a true collaboration between Kerry and myself,” says May.
“Five years ago, ‘Anthems’ was the result of me producing an exciting new artist – Kerry Ellis. This new record has both our names on it, and breaks new ground.
“We produced ourselves together as a team. I feel confident it’s the best thing we’ve ever done and a worthy testament to 13 years of belief. It also happens to feature Britain’s most beautiful voice.”
Since undertaking their first ‘Anthems’ tour of the UK in 2011, May and Ellis have gone on to play five further series of UK dates as well as widely touring Italy and Eastern Europe.
In addition they have regularly performed high profile one-off concert appearances, such as the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, Italy’s San Remo Festival screened live across Europe, and most recently a triumph at a packed Opera cross-over extravaganza in the beautiful Arena di Verona.
“This new album has been a real journey of discovery and I feel so proud of how Brian and I have developed over the years; we have learnt how to work together and inspire each other to create special performances and music,” says Ellis.
“The album is really a mixture of our experiences and has a story behind each song. Brian and I have had such fun developing it and can’t wait for people to hear it.”
The album is set for release April 7 on the Sony Music label.