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About Feelin' Alright

Powerhouse NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent salutes Dave Mason with the release of her new single, Feelin Alright – fifty years after the song’s initial release by English rock band, Traffic.

An electrifying remake of the soul-blues classic written by Dave Mason and made famous by Joe Cocker, 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.

Feelin’ Alright features a new arrangement in the verses, plus 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, guitarist extraordinaire – catch him on Broadway in “Hamilton” – Robin Macatangay, 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 featuring Nicolas Baudino and Marc Borlet-Hôte, Blues’Up organist Pierre Sibille, renowned French guitarist Jérôme Buigues, and Feelin’ Alright is ready to light up the world again in 2018!

“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. Plus it’s such a fun song to play live! We had a blast putting our own NYC spin on it, while honoring the power of Joe Cocker’s version. We’ve been closing every show with Feelin’ Alright and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic love it. 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.”

Musicians on Feelin' Alright

Valerie Ghent – vocals, piano, organ, backing vocals
Tinkr Barfield – bass
Rocky Bryant – drums
Robin Macatangay – guitar
Bashiri Johnson – percussion
Dave Keys – piano
Dennis Collins – backing vocals
Keith Fluitt – backing vocals
John James – backing vocals
Jérôme Buigues – wah guitar
Pierre Sibille – Hammon B3
Marc Borlet-Hôte – trumpet
Nicolas Baudino – saxophones

Credits

Arrangement – Valerie Ghent
Horn arrangement – Nicolas Baudino
Recorded in NYC & France

Written by Dave Mason
Published by Universal Music Group
Licensed by Harry Fox

Produced by Valerie Ghent
Mixed by Jérôme Buigues
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
© 2018 West Street Records

Release date April 27, 2018

Rave Reviews for Feelin' Alright

Valerie Ghent contributes her power packed vocals to a latest rendition of Mason’s classic. “Feelin’ Alright” is a fun and funky take on the decidedly downbeat topic of unrequited love. Her version features some of the classic soul/gospel elements (including those churchy backing vocals) heard in Cocker’s version. The horns on Ghent’s interpretation give the track a bit of a jazzy swing. Check it out – SoulTracks

Un remake électrisant – Valerie Ghent livre une performance étonnamment puissante, annonçant un groupe de musiciens de renommée mondiale enregistré à New York et en France….- Jazz Radio France

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