Franky Perez unveils “90s Love Song”
Franky Perez unveils the latest offering from his forthcoming new album. Listen/share “90’s Love Song” HERE and read Glide Magazine’s exclusive premiere of the track HERE. The track was mixed by multiple-Grammy award winner Sebastian Krys—whose recent accolades including producing the latest Elvis Costello album.
“‘90’s Love Song’ was one of those tunes that came together quickly,” Perez says. “…I wanted it to be an uplifting positive song from beginning to end, have depth but be accessible. It’s a nod to some of my favorite pop acts from the era like Seal and Simply Red, who, like me, were inspired by the greats.. like the Temptations Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.”
The acclaimed artist will be appearing on all three days of the Black Deer Festival in the UK June 17-19 and is gearing up to release his fifth solo album Crossing The Great Divide on June 24 via Black Sea Music—pre-save/pre-order the album HERE.
Listen to the previously released track “The Great Divide” HERE, which features cellist Eicca Toppinen of Apocalyptica and drummer Matt Chamberlain (Bob Dylan, BrandiCarlile, Fiona Apple, Bruce Springsteen).
The new album finds Franky—clean and sober for 9 years—returning to his roots to tell a story of self-transformation. Crossing The Great Divide is full of big melodies, hooks and sentiments that are real and often autobiographical. “Every artist says, ‘This is my greatest album,’ but this truly was probably the best experience that I’ve had making an album, and the most honest,” says Perez.
Many of the songs were awakened by his cross-country motorcycle ride captured in a new documentary film. The documentary charts Perez’s musical travels during lockdown, showing his frequent stops along the way to play for healthcare workers and patients, and his meetings with fellow musicians and friends including ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, country singer Randy Travis and comedian Bill Burr. “This project is bigger than myself, and everyone that watches it is getting that,” says Perez. “Even though it was shot during the height of the pandemic, it turned into something else. It’s a documentary about humanity and hope, and Covid is just a thread of the story.” The new record runs the gamut of Perez’s many talents as songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and he played almost everything. “That’s something I’m really proud of,” he says. “I probably performed about 90% of the instrumentation on the album and I recorded and engineered it myself. If I felt that I couldn’t get a certain feel, then I reached out to that particular player to get it.”
With a commanding vocal presence and a charismatic personality, singer/songwriter Perez has worked with artists ranging from Billy Gibbons and Joe Cocker to Darius Rucker and Ringo Starr and has also performed with Steven Tyler, Cody Jinks, Chris Janson and Slash among many others. Along the way, Perez has released four critically acclaimed solo albums and his music was featured on six seasons of Sons of Anarchy. He has performed at major events, charities and music festivals all over the world. He joins Apocalyptica on tour as the band’s leader singer this Fall, with dates across the U.S. and Canada.
90’s Love Song” is now available on all digital platforms