Mr Showbiz Ian von Memerty releases solo album
Charl van Heyningen Enterprises
Acclaimed media personality proves that SA does have talent with the release of his debut solo album.
When Port Elizabeth-based TV Host (Strictly Come Dancing), reality TV series judge (SA’s GOT TALENT) and multi-award winning performer and theatrical creator, Ian von Memerty embarks on a new project, he does it big.
Von Memerty’s first commercial CD is just that – BIG! It includes “24 of the hottest musicians, and 18 of the grooviest original songs in one world class package.” The majority of the band members were sourced from the Eastern Cape’s pool of talented artists. According to von Memerty, “Our soloists can hold their own against any musician in the country!”
Entitled “You Are Fantastic” after his TV catch-phrase, von Memerty’s album will be available in stores from March 01. “It will also be available for download for all my tech-savvy fans.”
The first song from the album is due to be released to stations across the country on 15 February – the day after Valentine’s day. “This is one special song,” says von Memerty. “It is the perfect Valentines antidote entitled ‘Out of my Life’.”
The rest of the album includes a wide range of songs which showcase von Memerty’s versatile vocals from swing, to funky put downs, bopping through pop and soaring through ballads, the songs explore the full range of emotion from the sassy to the sentimental.
According to von Memerty, he never thought of releasing a solo album until he met Debbie Everard – the musical director on the CD. “I have sung about a 1000 songs over the last 25 years, and have written over a 100 songs for other projects and different people, but I have never thought of going the singer/songwriter route.”
However, after observing Everard’s work on a project last year, von Memerty felt the creative juices flowing and decided to embark on this ambitious project.
“When I approached her about doing an original CD – featuring brass in every possible format – she looked very serious, took a deep breath and said ‘let’s try it’! During the planning stages, sleep was a luxury because my brain would not shut up, and original, fascinating ideas kept jumping out at me in bizarre places. Music like nothing I have ever written before – with a wide stylistic range but all the songs needed brass or wind instruments to truly come to life. Debbie’s orchestrations are the funkiest, ‘funnest’ most fantastic work I could have hoped for! Poppy but integrous, grooving but layered, appealing and yet still honed – they are like riding the biggest and lowest Harley, or kite surfing, (I think)! They are addictive to sing to! From a swinging Big Band with Port Elizabeth’s Shawn Lyon tootin’ a horn so hot that you want to dress up and dance; to the most awesome ‘flugel like’ trombone solos by talented local youngster, Kyle du Preez that you make you want to sit down and cry – the full range of the section is explored and exploited.”
The diversity of the talent involved in the album is dazzling. From the veteran skills of Ali Heyns the engineer and recording producer (this album was his 600th CD), Rob Watson, the undisputed ‘King of Drummers’ in South Africa, and Roelof Colyn, the ‘savant’ of the piano, down to Port Elizabeth-based 15 yr old Zintle Thomas, playing a mean bass trombone, and 18 year old Ondela Simakuhle with very sexy sax riffs.
“Every gender, age, and race came together sharing one common gift – superb musicianship. One of the things that attracted me most to using Eastern Cape musicians is the unique sound of the brass section that we put together. Also, our bass player, Andrew Warneke, is as good, if not better than any I have worked with in the last 30 years!”
According to Ian, the album is “a complete package, the CD contains lyrics to make you smile, music to make you want to sing – give it a listen and at the end, you will feel FANTASTIC!”
For more info go to www.urfantastic.net from February 15, 2012.
Charl van Heyningen
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Article source: http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=29225