Shares New Video – ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’
New Album: THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE: A BACHARACH AND DAVID SONGBOOK – November 25, 2016
Final Show of 2016 – The Church, Leeds – 25th November 25, 2016
Rumer – What The World Needs Now Is Love [Official Video]
“When you are gifted by an artist doing an album of your music you accept that as a compliment but then you get to hear it and it’s so damn good. The Lady has a golden voice and the vocals are clean and clear with great sincerity and Hal David’s lyrics shine through. There are some songs I’ve almost forgotten about and Rumer has given them new life. I thank you for this gift Rumer, it’s special” – Burt Bacharach
Platinum-selling British singer-songwriter Rumer is sharing the new video for ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’, the latest new track to be lifted from her forthcoming album, This Girl’s In Love: A Bacharach And David Songbook, due for release through East West / Warner Music on November 25. Available as an instant grat upon pre-order of the album, the video arrives alongside details of Rumer’s final show of 2016 (following a sold-out London Cadogan Hall appearance last month), an album launch date at The Church, Leeds on 25 November 2016. All profits will go to For Life On Earth (www.forlifeonearth.org)
“I couldn’t have made this album five years ago,” admits Rumer; “I think I’ve now got a wide enough emotional palette to draw on for these songs’ characters and stories. That kind of insight only comes as you get older”. Fittingly though, Rumer’s links to Burt Bacharach have been a longstanding constant throughout her recording career. In 2010 (the year her multi-platinum selling debut Seasons Of My Soul was released) Burt invited Rumer to his California home just to hear her sing. That same year saw the release of a special single, Rumer Sings Bacharach at Christmas, featuring ‘Some Lovers’ from the new Bacharach & Sater musical, Gift of the Magi. Another highlight saw Rumer sing for Barack Obama: in 2012 she performed at the White House singing ‘A House Is Not A Home’, as part of a tribute concert honouring the songwriting partnership.
What’s most fitting to This Girl’s In Love is the personal relationship between Rumer and Shirakbari. The pair married in 2015, after first meeting at a Dionne Warwick gala at the Royal Albert Hall where Rumer was to sing a duet of Bacharach & David’s ‘Hasbrook Heights.’ With Shirakbari having worked for 25 years with Bacharach and 30 years with Dionne Warwick—serving as musical director to them both—this could even be deemed ‘a Bacharach romance’. And now, Rumer’s love of Bacharach & David has been captured on a lovingly assembled long-player, a project she attests is as much a homage to Hal David as it is to Bacharach. His words, capturing emotional crises with consummate simplicity, are key to the duo’s timeless compositions, and to Rumer and Shirakbari’s new take on them.
Interpreting a back catalogue already known the world over through versions sung by such accomplished vocalists as Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Karen Carpenter, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey and, of course, Dionne Warwick was bound to be intimidating, to say the least. However, matched step for step by Shirakbari’s intuitive arrangements and focused orchestrations, Rumer has risen to the occasion magnificently. “There’s a timelessness to these songs,” she observes. “They will last forever.” This Girl’s In Love finds Rumer in possession of a record that rightfully deserves to be cherished alongside its namesake.
25 November LEEDS The Church (in association with Life On Earth) http://www.seetickets.com/event/rumer/the-church/1040107
Early praise for This Girl’s In Love:
Rumer has give n these songs new life…The lady has a golden voice – Burt Bacharach
Rumer was born to sing these songs – MOJO
There’s something not just about her voice but her very being that makes her the perfect vehicle for smooth standards – The Times
Impeccable melodies and dreamy singing – Financial Times
Listening to her brings a realisation that there aren’t many voices around like hers at the moment – Louder Than War
The whole thing is exquisite. Pour yourself a glass of wine, press play and swoon – Attitude Magazine