Foy Vance Teams With Ed Sheeran and Elton John For New Album

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New York – Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance has announced details of his debut album for Gingerbread Man Records, the label launched by Ed Sheeran last year.  Recorded in Nashville with GRAMMY award winning producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, James Bay, Kings Of Leon), “THE WILD SWAN” arrives on May 13th via Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra.  The legendary Elton John is the album’s Executive Producer.

Elton John says of Foy Vance:  “I feel so privileged to a part of this remarkable artist’s first album on Gingerbread Man Records.  He is an extraordinary writer and singer.”

Ed Sheeran adds:  “I’m so happy to be releasing Foy’s album on Gingerbread Man Records.  I’ve been such a huge fan since the first time I saw him live…I’m constantly blown away with how talented he is. The Wild Swan is an amazing album and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

“THE WILD SWAN” is available for pre-order beginning today, with all sales accompanied by an instant grat download of “She Burns,” which made its worldwide debut last night on influential DJ Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show.

Sheeran has been a fan of Foy Vance since his teens – well before Sheeran became a GRAMMY-award winning, global superstar – with numerous tours together over the years.  The pair collaborated on Sheeran’s multiplatinum album “x” with Vance co-writing “Tenerife Sea” and “Afire Love,” while Sheeran performed a cover of Vance’s soulful “Make It Rain” for the critically-acclaimed television series Sons Of Anarchy and also appeared on Vance’s 2013 album “JOY OF NOTHING” providing backing vocals on “Guiding Light,” a moving song that Sheeran would cover in his own set for years.  One of the impetuses behind Sheeran founding Gingerbread Man Records was to give musicians he truly believed in complete artistic freedom, so when Vance found himself without a label, Sheeran immediately offered his friend the chance to make a new album entirely free of the ‘traditional’ record company interference.  This freedom enabled the Irish singer-songwriter to craft “THE WILD SWAN” entirely to his own vision, in Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studio aided by producer Jacquire King, whose acclaimed body of work includes one of Vance’s favorite albums, Tom Waits’ “MULE VARIATIONS.”

Foy Vance explains:  “Ed said, ‘go and make the record you want to make.’  And I’ve always thought that Mule Variations is not only an exquisitely-written record but a wonderful sounding record.  I actually flew out to meet Jacquire in person before agreeing to work with him because I wanted to look in the whites of his eyes and make sure we’d be on the same page. I didn’t want something too clean and polished and commercial.”

That said, there’s no denying that “THE WILD SWAN” has all the ingredients to be a very big album. It opens with “Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution,” a rock’n’blues celebration of a roll-call of musical, philosophical, literary and polemical insurrectionists. It ends with a dash of uilleann pipes (ie, Irish bagpipes) on “The Wild Swans On The Lake,” a stop-you-in-your-tracks breath of Celtic balladry inspired by WB Yeats’ The Wild Swans At Coole.  Vance’s rich voice also gets up close and personal on the hymnal “Burden,” then digs deep for “She Burns,” a performance evocative of Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel Of Love.”

Foy Vance recently supported both Ed Sheeran and Elton John on separate tours in Australia and New Zealand.  This summer, he rejoins Elton John on the UK leg of the recording legend’s “Wonderful, Crazy” tour.  U.S. touring plans will be unveiled shortly.

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