RCA/Legacy Recordings – a division of Sony Music Entertainment – have today released a new Elvis Presley album titled ELVIS PRESLEY –WHERE NO ONE STANDS ALONE – celebrating the artist’s everlasting love of gospel music. Listen now.
Produced by Joel Weinshanker, Lisa Marie Presley, and Andy Childs, WHERE NO ONE STANDS ALONE introduces newly-recorded instrumentation and backing vocal contributions from music legends who previously had performed with Elvis.
Also included is a reimagined duet with Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album’s title track. This acts as a spiritual touchstone, honouring the memory of the icon. “It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father,” wrote Lisa Marie in her notes for the album. “The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I’m certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way.”
Background vocalists on the album include: Darlene Love (who first sang with Elvis on his 1968 NBC television special); Dr. Cissy Houston (who, with The Sweet Inspirations, sang with Elvis on-stage beginning in 1969); Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales, and Jim Murray (members of The Imperials, who sang on Elvis’ HOW GREAT THOU ART – with the title song winning the 1967 Grammy for Best Sacred Performance); and Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill, and Larry Strickland (members of Presley’s longtime backup group, The Stamps).
Elvis Presley – WHERE NO ONE STANDS ALONE is available in digital, CD and 12″ vinyl album. The Graceland Store will have exclusive, limited edition versions of the album on blue 12” vinyl and cassette configurations.
ELVIS PRESLEY – WHERE NO ONE STANDS ALONE provides new musical perspectives on 14 of the singer’s favorite pieces of gospel music, from the reverential to the celebratory, with song selections including Presley’s beloved enduring gospel classics (‘Crying In The Chapel’, ‘How Great Thou Art’, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’), praise-filled gospel-rockers (Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller’s‘Saved’) and traditional hymns and spirituals (‘So High’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘In The Garden’, ‘Amazing Grace’).
Elvis Presley once said, “Since I was two years old, all I knew was gospel music. It became such a part of my life, it was as natural as dancing. A way to escape my problems, and my way of release.” It was Elvis’ explosive mix of styles–blues, bluegrass, country, swing, pop–that generated his iconic world-changing rock n’ roll, but it was the hymns, spirituals and church music of his childhood, the deep-seated gospel roots that sustained Elvis and his musical vision throughout his life.
“This was his favourite genre – no question about it,” says Lisa Marie in her album notes. “He seemed to be at his most passionate, and at peace while singing gospel. He would truly come alive – whether he was singing just for himself and me at home, or on stage in front of thousands of fans.”
This passion is shared with Elvis’ fans on this forthcoming groundbreaking album ELVIS PRESLEY – WHERE NO ONE STANDS ALONE.
ELVIS PRESLEY –WHERE NO ONE STANDS ALONE Track List
01. I’ve Got Confidence
02. Where No One Stands Alone (with Lisa Marie Presley)
04. Crying In The Chapel
05. So High
06. Stand By Me
07. Bosom Of Abraham
08. How Great Thou Art
09. I, John
10. You’ll Never Walk Alone
11. He Touched Me
12. In The Garden
13. He Is My Everything
14. Amazing Grace