Valerie Ghent salutes Dave Mason with an electrifying remake of the blues-soul classic, “Feelin Alright” – 50 years after the song’s initial release in 1968 by English rock band, Traffic.
Valerie Ghent – Feelin’ Alright
releasing April 27, 2018
available on iTunes, amazon & all streaming platforms
Thrilled to announce our new single, Feelin’ Alright – a salute to Dave Mason & Joe Cocker
You might be thinking, “Feelin’ Alright – you mean that great song by Joe Cocker?” Feelin’ Alright was actually written by Dave Mason and was first released in 1968 by the English blues-rock band, Traffic.
And now, on the 50th birthday of Feelin’ Alright, we releasing our new version for 2018!
About Feelin’ Alright
An electrifying remake of the soul-blues classic, Valerie delivers a strikingly powerful performance, heralding a band of world-class musicians recorded in New York City and France. In her full, live production complete with rock solid rhythm section, sizzling horns, a blazing piano solo and gospel-soul backing vocals, Ghent brings her multi-faceted talents (vocals, piano, organ, production, engineering & arranging) shaped by 20+ years working with music luminaries Ashford & Simpson, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Debbie Harry & Billy Preston to the forefront.
“We’re thrilled to release our version of Feelin Alright in 2018,” Valerie says, “Feelin’ Alright is a timeless song, with a universal feeling everyone can relate to. Even though it was first released fifty years ago, to me the lyrics take on even more relevance today. We salute you Dave Mason, and Joe Cocker, thank you both for bringing Feelin’ Alright into the world and giving us such a great song to sing.”
Feelin’ Alright features stellar performances from Valerie on piano and vocals, and top musicians you have heard on countless R+B hits including Luther Vandross/Ashford & Simpson bassist Tinkr Barfield, Average White Band drummer Rocky Bryant, Blues Hall of Fame pianist Dave Keyes, world-renowned percussionist Bashiri Johnson, Roberta Flack backing vocalists Dennis Collins, Keith Fluitt and Toto’s John James. Add to the mix a blazing horn section from Paris, BLUES’UP organist Pierre Sibille, renowned French guitarist Jérôme Buigues, and Feelin’ Alright is ready to light up the world again in 2018!
Feelin’ Alright cover photo by Sandrine Lee
Musicians on Feelin’ Alright:
Valerie Ghent – piano, organ, vocals, backing vocals
Tinkr Barfield – bass
Rocky Bryant – drums
Robin Macatangay – guitar
Bashiri Johnson – percussion
Dave Keyes – piano
Dennis Collins, John James, Keith Fluitt – backing vocals
Pierre Sibille – organ
Jérôme Buigues – wah guitar
Marc Borlet-Hôte – trumpet
Nicolas Baudino – tenor & alto saxophone, horn arrangement
Produced by Valerie Ghent
Mixed in France by Jérôme Buigues
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
If you’ve seen our live show, then you already know we’ve been closing every concert with Feelin Alright and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic love it. It brings people to their feet every time. So we went into the studio to record our own version – live – the same way we play it on stage. We had a blast putting our NYC spin on it, while honoring the power of Joe Cocker’s version. Can’t WAIT for you to hear it!!