Canadian soul singer Bobby Bazini has launched his third career opus, Summer Is Gone via Universal. His first two works went platinum, the last becoming the best-selling album of 2014 earning Bobby his 4th JUNO nomination. The new album which shipped gold prior to release was heralded by single “C’est La Vie”, which topped the CBC Radio 2 chart, as well as a release show in Toronto. Summer Is Gone was recorded in the U.S. and Britain with producer Martin Terefe (Mike Posner, James Morisson, James Blunt, Cat Stevens, KT Tunstall, Shawn Mendes, and Jason Mraz). Onboard the project were songwriters Eg White (Adele, Florence and the Machine), Samuel Dixon (Adele, Sia), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, James Bay), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction), and country sensation Chris Stapleton. Bazini will tour Canada in 2017 in support of the album.
“On my first album,” Bazini states, “I essentially recorded the first batch of songs I had written. For my second album, I saw myself as an artist actively choosing a direction. I wanted something old school – and working with Larry Klein and Booker T gave it that classic vibe.” In addressing the new album, he says, “Now, I want to preserve the organic feel but modernize it at the same time for a blend of the old and the new.”
On Summer Is Gone, Bobby Bazini harnesses the energy of contemporary soul surfing waves while digging down musically to the roots of the legendary artists who inspired him. A track is titled after and dedicated to Leonard Cohen who recently passed away. Bobby appeared on CBC’s The National to convey how much the iconic genius meant to him. Crafted with bluesy keys and breezy guitars, the album’s beautiful music, like carefully cut wood, is dressed with Bazini’s masterful vocal delivery like the rich grains being gently stroked with protective lacquer.
Bobby Bazini’s Summer Is Gone is an ace in the hole.