|(New York, NY) March 21, 2018 – Powerhouse NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent salutes Dave Mason with the release of her new single, Feelin Alright, on April 27, 2018 – fifty years after the song’s initial release by English rock band, Traffic.
An electrifying remake of the soul-blues classic written by Dave Mason and made famous by Joe Cocker, Valerie delivers a strikingly powerful performance, heralding a band of world-class musicians recorded in New York City and France. In her full, live production complete with rock solid rhythm section, sizzling horns, a blazing piano solo and gospel-soul backing vocals, Ghent brings her multi-faceted talents (vocals, piano, organ, production, engineering & arranging) shaped by 20+ years working with music luminaries Ashford & Simpson, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Debbie Harry & Billy Preston to the forefront.
Dave Mason says, “There are only two chords in Feelin’ Alright? Basically it’s an unrequited love song.” With the simplicity and emotion of Mason’s original, it’s no surprise the song has more than fifty recorded cover versions and is played all over the world.
“We’re thrilled to release our version of Feelin Alright in 2018,” Valerie says, “Feelin’ Alright is a timeless song, with a universal feeling everyone can relate to. Even though it was first released fifty years ago, to me the lyrics take on even more relevance today. Plus it’s such a fun song to play live! We had a blast putting our own NYC spin on it, while honoring the power of Joe Cocker’s version. We’ve been closing every show with Feelin Alright and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic love it. We salute you Dave Mason, and Joe Cocker, thank you both for bringing Feelin’ Alright into the world and giving us such a great song to sing.”
Feelin’ Alright features stellar performances from Valerie on piano and vocals, and top musicians you have heard on countless R+B hits including Luther Vandross/Ashford & Simpson bassist Tinkr Barfield, Average White Band drummer Rocky Bryant, Blues Hall of Fame pianist Dave Keyes, world-renowned percussionist Bashiri Johnson, Roberta Flack backing vocalists Dennis Collins, Keith Fluitt and Toto’s John James. Add to the mix a blazing horn section from Paris, Blues’Up organist Pierre Sibille, renowned French guitarist Jérôme Buigues, and Feelin’ Alright is ready to light up the world again in 2018!
Available on iTunes, amazon, CDBaby and all streaming platforms April 27, 2018.
March 20 – Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar, NYC
March 27 – Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar, NYC
April 22 – Plan B, Hyères
May 5 – Jazz Fola, Aix en Provence
Valerie Ghent – vocals, piano, organ, backing vocals
Tinkr Barfield – bass
Rocky Bryant – drums
Robin Macatangay – guitar
Bashiri Johnson – percussion
Dave Keyes – piano
Dennis Collins – backing vocals
Keith Fluitt – backing vocals
John James – backing vocals
Jérôme Buigues – wah guitar
Pierre Sibille – Hammond B3
Marc Borlet-Hôte – trumpet
Nicolas Baudino – saxophones
Arrangement – Valerie Ghent
Horn arrangement – Nicolas Baudino
Recorded in NYC & France
Written by Dave Mason
Published by Universal Music Group
Licensed by Harry Fox
Produced by Valerie Ghent
Mixed by Jérôme Buigues
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound