Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Video Premiere: Gerry Beckley's 'Serious'

Gerry Beckley is best known as one of the founders of the band America. His many hits and classics include “I Need You,” “Daisy Jane,” “You Can Do Magic,” and, of course, “Sister Golden Hair.” Today, with the singer and songwriter still going strong, we present the official video for his song "Serious" from his 2016 solo album Carousel on Blue Elan Records.

Recorded at Beckley's Los Angeles studio Human Nature, Carousel highlights Beckley's strengths as the singer, songwriter and musician played most of the instruments on the album.

"With a solo project I'm really a committee of one," says Beckley. "There's only myself to please. Having said that, it's not always easy. Each project is a snapshot in time. The material on Carousel came from a wide scope of inspiration."

Carousel contains original standouts such as the deeply personal "Lifeline," "No Way I'm Gonna Lose You" (co-written with Dan Wilson who won an award for his work with Adele) and "Tokyo," which Beckley says, "came to me while I was waiting to board a flight home from Japan. I seem to remember I lost track of time and almost missed the flight."

There are also three covers on which Beckley puts his distinctive spin: Spirit's "Nature's Way," Gerry Rafferty's "To Each and Everyone," and Gerry and The Pacemakers' "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying."

"I've fortunately never been short on inspiration for my original material but I do love to record a cover every so often," says Beckley. "These three are of course from my long list of fave songs."

Gerry Beckley on tour with America:

June 23 // Pasadena, CA // The Rose Theater
June 24 // Marysville, WA // Tulalip Resort and Casino
June 29 // Tulsa, OK // Hard Rock Casino
July 1 // Agoura Hills, CA // Canyon Club
July 2 // Pleasanton, CA // Alameda County Fair
July 15 // Primm, NV // Star of the Desert Arena at Primm Valley Resorts
July 24 // Perth, AUS // Crown Theater
July 26 // Melbourne, AUS // Hamer Hall-Arts Center Melbourne
July 28 // Sydney, AUS // International Convention Centre Sydney
July 29 // Caloundra, AUS // The Events Centre
July 30 // Broadbeach, AUS // Broadbeach Country Festival
August 2 //Wollongon, AUS // WIN Entertainment Centre
August 3 // Canberra, AUS // Royal Theatre