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Soul II Soul producer releases new album today

OLD FRIENDS: Jazzie B, left, with Simon Law

SIMON LAW says that he had no real desire to produce a solo project, but with 75 per cent of the album Look To The Sky already done, it was a no-brainer to bring music to people that would ‘uplift and inspire’.

Law was a key member of Soul II Soul from the very beginning, co-writing their two Grammy winning songs Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) and African Dance. He has worked on all their albums except one, producing and co-writing many of their hit singles.

He still performs regularly with the band at festivals and on major TV appearances.

Talking to The Voice about the inspiration for the title of his latest release he admitted that the conception of Look To The Sky started quite a few years ago.

“The song itself is a collaboration between myself, Jazzie B and Lain Gray, both people who I love dearly and respect. Jazzie I obviously have a long history with, and in fact the music actually started off as a Soul II Soul idea and like many things we have done, it ends up on the shelf, not sure what we are going to do, but it feels good.

“I had this urge to develop it a bit more, I could see a vision for the song. The title comes from a guy I have read a lot of, Brother Roger. He wrote beautiful prayers, prose and poems about spiritual life and one of his ideas about the sky is that it’s always there, no matter what, for every one of us.

“It doesn’t matter who the heck we are, where we come from, rich or poor, whatever culture, the sky is always there, ever-changing, and it is ever-changing in the most beautiful and creative way, and it can be a real source of strength.”

Look To The Sky sees Law reunite with Soul II Soul’s Caron – on the uplifting lead single Morning Love – as well as with Jazzie B and Chante Moore. Maxi Priest guests on two tracks – the gentle reggae of Sunshine Girl and When You Love Someone, which features contributions from Jamaican rhythm section Sly and Robbie.

Being brought up in London, the son of an Anglican minister and spending four years of his childhood in Trinidad influenced Law‘s path. He later became head chorister at Hereford Cathedral.

Now living in Toronto, Law has also enjoyed success as a writer, producer and remixer with the likes of Chante Moore – for whom he produced the Top 10 R&B hit Love’s Taken Over – Brenda Russell, Maxi Priest, George Michael, Robert Palmer, Johnny Gill, Masters At Work and Shabba Ranks.

Look To The Sky is available from today.

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