Alan Parsons Premieres ‘Miracle’ (Ft. Jason Mraz), from New Album ‘The Secret’ Out 4/26

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When Rock Cellar’s George A. Paul spoke with the legendary Alan Parsons in August 2018, the focus of the conversation was the 35th anniversary of the Eye in the Sky record — but Parsons also hinted at a new album on the way.

That record, The Secret, will be released on April 26 via Frontiers Music Srl (pre-order a copy here). On Monday, a song titled “Miracle,” which features a guest spot from Jason Mraz, was premiered as a preview of the album. Listen to the track below:

“I met Jason two years ago through a neighbor who grows coffee on his ranch,” Parsons explained of his linking up with Mraz. “Jason wanted to grow coffee himself and our neighbor, Jay was kind enough to introduce us since we had mutual musical interests. For ‘Miracle’, Jason recorded his vocals in Dallas while I listened in Santa Barbara and we sent files back and forth, resulting in this song. Thus proving that you don’t necessarily have to be in the same studio with someone to create music. This was also the case with Lou Gramm on the track ‘Sometimes,’ which he sang in New York.”

Said Mraz:

“‘Eye In The Sky’ is a song I have a very early memory of, strapped in the backseat of my mom’s green Fiat, 1982. Alan Parsons is on the radio and I’m singing along, harmonizing. That sound of rich harmony over magical words would stick with me for my whole life and ultimately become what my own career is about, trying to solve universal quandaries through song craft.” When Mraz heard “Miracle”, he said, “I loved it. It sounded like a song right off of ‘Eye In The Sky’. As if no time had passed, proving time might just be a construct after all”. Woking with Alan was “[m]agic. Alan is very kind, very creative, and very authentic.” 

Here’s the track listing for The Secret, as well as some personnel information:

1. “THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE” (instrumental)*
2. “MIRACLE” (lead vocal: Jason Mraz)
3. “AS LIGHTS FALL” (lead vocal: Alan Parsons)
4. “ONE NOTE SYMPHONY” (lead vocal: Todd Cooper)
5. “SOMETIMES” (lead vocal: Lou Gramm)
6. “SOIRÉE FANTASTIQUE” (lead vocal: Todd Cooper, Alan Parsons)
7. “FLY TO ME” (lead vocal: Mark Mikel)
8. “REQUIEM” (lead vocal: Todd Cooper)
9. “BEYOND THE YEARS OF GLORY” (lead vocal: PJ Olsson)§
10.” THE LIMELIGHT FADES AWAY” (lead vocal: Jordan Huffman)
11. “I CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE” (lead vocal: Jared Mahone)§ featured in Motion Picture 5-25-77

Guitars: Steve Hackett (on *), Jeff Kollmann, Dan Tracey, Tony Rosacci, Ian Bairnson (solo on §), Alan Parsons
Synth, Keyboards: Andy Ellis, Tom Brooks, Dan Tracey, Alan Parsons
Piano: Pat Caddick, Angelo Pizzaro
Bass: Nathan East (on *), Guy Erez, Jeff Peterson
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta (on *), Danny Thompson, Carl Sorensen
Sax: Todd Cooper
Cello: Michael Fitzpatrick

ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENTS Tom Brooks / STRINGS CONDUCTED BY Alan Parsons except on * Tom Brooks
ORCHESTRA The CMG Music Recording Orchestra of Hollywood

UKULELE Jake Shimabukuro
TROMBONES Oscar Utterström
TRUMPETS Vinnie Ciesielski

In addition to the album release, Parsons and his band have a number of live performances coming up. The schedule:

02/26/19 Quebec City, QC Grand Theatre De Quebec
02/27/19 Medford, MA Chevalier Theatre
03/01/19 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
03/02/19 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods resort Casino
03/03/19 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
04/04/19 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre
04/06/19 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort – Grand Theatre
04/07/19 Jackson, CA Jackson Rancheria Casino
04/09/10 Boise, ID Egyptian Theater
04/10/19 Portland, OR Revolution Hall
04/12/19 Bow, WA Skagit Casino Resort
04/13/19 Bow, WA Skagit Casino Resort
04/15/19 Calgary, AB Grey Eagle Event Centre
04/16/19 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre
–> 04/27/19 Milan, Italy Live Club Frontiers Rock Festival <–
04/28/19 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7 Pratteln
04/30/19 Amsterdam, AQ Paradiso
05/01/19 Nijmegen, AQ De Vereening
05/02/19 Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique
05/04/19 De Oosterpoort Groningen, Netherlands
05/05/19 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
06/03/19 Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv, Israel
06/04/19 Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv, Israel
06/10/19 Crocus City Hall Moscow, RU
06/14/19 Oldenburg, DE Weser-Ems-Halle
06/15/19 Leipzig, DE Haus Auensee
06/16/19 Hamburg, DE Stadtpark
06/18/19 Munster, DE Halle Munsterland
06/19/19 Dusseldorf, DE Mitsubishi Electric Halle
06/21/19 Frankfurt am Main, DE Jahrhunderthalle
06/22/19 Berlin, DE Admiralpalast
06/24/19 Munchen, DE Circus Krone

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