Neal Morse will release his new album Sola Gratia September 11th. The music was recorded virtually in April 2020 at the height of the Coronavirus lockdown with long term collaborators Mike Portnoy (drums) and Randy George (bass): «It’s the first album we have ever made remotely: I sent them the basic tracks and asked if they wanted to rearrange things, but they just said ‘No, it’s great!’, so they just played to it and sent their parts back over. It wasn’t an easy way to make an album, but creating always has its challenges, no matter how you do it». Seemingly Sincere is the second single from Sola Gratia,
Neal Morse comments: «Seemingly Sincere is one of the last songs I wrote for Sola Gratia. Having a song about the stoning of Stephen seemed appropriate and when I started writing it, I immedi-ately felt the drama and intensity. I wasn’t really expecting for it to have a really long instru-mental section with keyboard and drum solos, but that actually turned into one of my favorite parts of the album».
«I think Christian Rios has done amazingly well on this video as it is so difficult to create good music videos remotely during Covid. I think he did a fabulous job and I hope you all enjoy it».
As Morse explains, it was this process that decided that Sola Gratia was to be a Neal Morse album, rather than being credited to The Neal Morse Band: «With the Neal Morse Band, the whole band works together on the writing, and while Eric Gillette plays some guitar and Bill Hubauer has added some keyboards on this one, neither of them wrote – or is singing – on this album». The track In The Name Of The Lord,
Sola Gratia quickly came together at the beginning of this year and I’ve been fortunate to be able to work remotely with my dear friends and long-time collaborators as mentioned above and in addition Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer, and Gideon Klein on this project».
«The title Sola Gratia of course has echoes of my 2007 album Sola Scriptura, about the life of Martin Luther, but was in fact originally the result of a simple misunderstanding between me and my wife, Cherie. I was talking to Cherie about debuting this new piece at Morsefest 2020, and she said she thought it would be good for me to do a solo album. However, I thought she said Sola album and – because some of the new ideas involved Paul’s aggressive pursuit of the early Christians, I could see a link to some of the themes of persecution in Sola Scriptura».
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