Celebrated Singer/Songwriter Joni Mitchell Marks Her Return as the Next
Artist Signed to Hear Music
LOS ANGELES, July 25 /CNW/ - Hear Music announced today that legendary
singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell will be the next artist signed to the newly
formed label. Hear Music will release "Shine," a 10-song collection which
follows Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full" as the second album released on
the label. Starting on September 25 "Shine" will be available in the U.S. and
Canada at both traditional retailers and Starbucks Company-operated locations.
Other global markets will release the album the week of September 24.
"I am thrilled to be able to work with the Hear Music label on my new
CD," said Mitchell. "Starbucks and Concord Music Group are joining me in
releasing a project which has enabled me to appreciate what I loved about
making music in the first place. I am very grateful to them."
Described by Mitchell as "as serious a work as I've ever done," "Shine"
presents beautiful melodies, dark lyrics and a sparseness that recalls and
even progresses beyond some the artist's most seminal recordings. Much of the
lyrical content reflects Mitchell's social and theological consciousness and
her longtime plea for the health of the planet.
"Joni's voice, both in the physical and lyrical sense, is as powerful as
ever," said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment who also
oversees Hear Music. "In addition to her extraordinary songwriting ability,
she is a Renaissance artist in the every sense and we are honored to release
this timely and exceptionally moving work."
Born out of a burst of creative energy, "Shine" is one of three new
artistic endeavors launched by Mitchell this year. The first, "The Fiddle and
the Drum," a ballet based on Mitchell's music, debuted with the Alberta Ballet
in Calgary earlier this year with Mitchell serving as co-creator and artistic
director. The second is a politically charged visual art exhibit by Mitchell
that will debut in New York in the fall.
Two songs included on "Shine," "If" (based on Mitchell's favorite poem by
Rudyard Kipling) and "If I Had a Heart," were featured in the "The Fiddle and
The Drum" when it premiered on February 8, 2007. It was then that The New York
Times described Mitchell's "If I Had a Heart" as "one of the most haunting
melodies she has ever written." The album also contains a joyous
reinterpretation of her classic hit song, "Big Yellow Taxi" which was also
featured in the ballet.
All music on "Shine" was composed, arranged and produced by Joni
Mitchell. All lyrics were written by Joni Mitchell except "If" which was
adapted from Rudyard Kipling's "If."
1. One Week Last Summer
2. This Place
3. If I Had a Heart
5. Bad Dreams are Good
6. Big Yellow Taxi
7. Night of the Iguana
8. Strong and Wrong
About Hear Music
Hear Music is an innovative record label and partnership between
Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group. Rooted in quality,
authenticity and passion, Hear Music works directly with artists, both
emerging and established, to bring quality music to the widest possible
audience, in both Starbucks locations and traditional music retailers
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