The Moody Blues star Justin Hayward has set a February 26th release date for his new album Spirits Of The Western Sky.
The album was recorded in Genoa, Italy and Nashville, and is Hayward's first solo album since 1996's The View From The Hill.
Some of the tracks feature orchestrations by Academy Award-winning composer Anne Dudley. "Anne [Dudley] is one of the true greats," states Justin, "in the same rarefied class of orchestrators as Peter Knight, who was such an inspiration in my early Moody Blues days.
"I've worked with Anne on different projects over the years and it's always a joy (when she is arranging, all the studio musicians know it's going to be wonderful).
"I also co-wrote a song with my friend Kenny Loggins for Spirits Of The Western Sky. He and I were both on the road and staying in the same hotel. We had a great day playing guitar together and we came up with 'On The Road To Love'. Kenny plays and sings on the track with me.
"This album is a labor of love. It's been my whole life for the last few years. I know we all have many choices nowadays and I thank everyone who gives my album a listen and brings these songs into their collection. Every track is truly from my heart".