Keith Harkin Releasing Solo Album

08/23/2012
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Verve have set a September 18th, 2012 release date for self-titled solo debut album from Celtic Thunder's Keith Harkin.

Jochem van der Saag—who has worked with such artists as Josh Groban, Michael Bubl้ and Seal, produced the CD.

Keith Harkin is a twelve-track collection split between classic covers and original compositions. The album's first single is the bittersweet traveler's plea, "Don't Forget About Me," which will be accompanied by a video.

"I love all music, and a lot of my influences are on this record," says Harkin. "Neil Young, pop, dance, country—I love Glen Campbell. I see it like an old-school Elton John record, where he would play rock next to country next to folk. It's quite a broad horizon."

Cover versions of rock and pop classics include Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," featuring a duet with two-time Grammy Award winner Colbie Caillat, Tom Waits' "The Heart Of Saturday Night," "Everybody's Talkin'," which Harkin mastered at age 13, and a powerful version of Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence."

In addition to "Don't Forget About Me,"other self-penned tracks include the gently rolling, heartfelt love song "Nothing But You & I," and the yearning ballad, "Rosa," which Harkin considers "one of the best tracks on the album," adding, the first time I heard the strings added at Abbey Road Studios, I was in tears."

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