Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Toto, Uriah Heep Members Team Up For All-Star Charity Concept Album

My Kind O' Lovin' features drum legend Simon Phillips, Toto's Joseph Williams, and Uriah Heep/Lucifer's Friend's John Lawton. Released on the heels of 2012's The Power Of Mind, featuring John Lawton, My Kind O' Lovin' was conceived, written and produced by the CGI member, and as of very recently European Citizen of the Year (2013), Dr. Milen Vrabevski. This charity project is dedicated to young talents in the EU.

“I allowed myself to play acoustic guitar in just the title song this time. Nothing else,” Vrabevski remarked. “The team was just too good for my level. Happy they liked the pieces. Many thanks to the guys I started this project with, and worked on the arrangements: Ivo Stefanov and Svurry, and to the whole all-star band for their devotion.”

Vrabevski is setting a high standard of expectations with his Intelligent Music Project II, My Kind O' Lovin'. The producer's next charity project goes to support education programs for talented kids. Vrabevski was awarded European Citizen of the Year 2013 (by the EU Parliament), and a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

My Kind O' Lovin' features a colorful, multifarious and formidable listening experience with hints of melodic hard rock and early prog, featuring the fabulous Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Protocol II etc.) on drums & percussion, brilliantly bringing out the chemistry of this unpredictable format of vintage vocals from John Lawton (ex-Uriah Heep) and Joseph Williams (Toto). Strong melodies and acoustic patterns with impressive vocals of undiminished power, this hefty emotional pool comes across in a very melodic way featuring great lead guitar and spacious orchestral flourishes.

Vrabevski explains the concept: “The message of the album is what I, as an author, would prefer to raise my kids with. Frustration, constant criticism, and judging people leads to nowhere. Therefore, we present essential things about love, friendship, our own environment we should invest in, getting into substantial initiatives, knowing happiness through serving the others, not limiting our minds with prejudice while seeking togetherness, understanding our life is in our hands, finishing off with the principle that it's good to wake up knowing what follows is a great day, in which fame does not matter, and ego's domination is retrograde, and you enjoy to live for the others, doing things not because of the result, but because you love to be that way.”
Simon Phillips added, “Working on this project with Milen Vrabevski was so much fun and I find his enthusiasm for music is so uplifting.”

“Milen was such a joy to work with .. Truly a warm and bright gentleman. It's rare thing these days to work with such happy, enthusiastic talented people ... I had a ball!,” Joseph Williams said.

John Lawton also enjoyed the experience. “My Kind O' Lovin'....Intelligent Music Project II....was for me an absolute pleasure to sing, the melodies flowing out of Milen Vrabevski's head seem to be endless. The album differs a lot from The Power Of Mind, not only in that there are guest artists in the caliber of Joseph Williams and Simon Phillips both of Toto fame but some searing guitar work from a little known Bulgarian axe man known only to me as Sverri. I spent two weeks laying down lead & backing vocals in Intelligent Music's new studio in Sofia / Bulgaria and believe me it wasn't hard work, not when the music is this good.”

For more information: www.mykindoflovin.com.

Watch the official My Kind O' Lovin' promotional video here: