The Honorary Title's Jarrod Gorbel Announces Solo Debut

The Honorary Title's former frontman, Jarrod Gorbel, will release his first solo album Devil's Made a New Friend August 31 on independent label Burning-house Records and his own imprint, Gorbel Music.

Blake Sennett (of Rilo Kiley and The Elected) produced the album, which features many collaborations and a band made up of members of Rilo Kiley, Black Crowes, Mystic Valley Band, and Azure Ray.

Each song on the new album is accompanied by a live video shot in various locations throughout New York City. In the collaborative spirit of Devil's Made A New Friend, all of the videos feature appearances by other musicians, including celloist Yoed Nir, Nicole Atkins, Portastatic violinist Margarite White and others.

Jarrod recently visited PS 22 in Staten Island, NY and performed a heartwarming rendition of new track "Ten Years Older" with the school choir. The video of that performance can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbhRXZmLYjg

Also live videos for each song with Jarrod collaborating with different artists are being filmed. One video will be released per week for 10 weeks leading up the album's release.

After several years performing under the moniker The Honorary Title (which eventually evolved into a full-fledged quartet praised by Spin and Rolling Stone,) Devil's Made a New Friend is Jarrod's debut full-length release under his own name. The peaks and valleys of both his musical career and personal life resulted in this candid, passionate collection of songs, which sees Jarrod looking to classic soul, traditional folk and Americana for inspiration. The songs incorporate new elements such as strings, horns and female backing vocals for a lush, organic sound that compliments Jarrod's signature deceptively simple melodies, warm arrangements and soaring voice. In his own words, the album is a set of 10 songs that capture an artist "starting over, going back to the beginning, and reestablishing myself."

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