Music Director, guitarist and vocalist for the Johnny Clegg Band, Andy Innes releases his debut album, Anthems of a Stranger, drawing upon the talents of several bandmates and industry friends: Johnny Clegg (vocal / mouthbow), Derek De Beer (ex Savuka – drums), Jonathan Noyce (ex Jethro Tull / Gary Moore – Bass), Mandisa Dlanga (ex Savuka – Vocals) and a long, enviable list of some of the best session players and singers on the planet that this genre has to offer.
Anthems of a Stranger is a superb example of excellently recorded melodic World Folk-Rock with some masterful guitar instrumental offerings to top off the 14-song project. The songs were recorded principally by Robin Walsh at the legendary Undahaus studios in Johannesburg, South Africa and at several other international studios (in London, Brussels, Stellenbosch and Ottawa), mixed mainly by SAMA award winner Neal Snyman and mastered by Multiple Grammy award-winning engineer Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant / Alison Krauss – Raising Sand; Guns ‘n Roses; Eric Clapton) in Hollywood. All the material was written and produced by Innes.
The powerful songwriting, dynamic performances and haunting orchestrations evoke uniquely southern African ideas in a crossover folk-rock context. This one will be staying on your playlist for a while!
Andy has worked as a session musician on various recordings in addition to the six albums he has recorded on for Johnny Clegg. He has also worked with Jackson Browne, Dave Stewart, Peter Gabriel, Ernest Ranglin, I Muvrini and several other international artists.
He splits his time between performance and production and has had his own recording label, Khangula Music, since 2008. Khangula formed a joint venture deal with Sony Music South Africa in 2010. Andy is also one of the producers who worked with Johnny Clegg on tracks for the 2011 HUMAN album.
Listen to the Songs
All songs written, arranged, programmed and produced by Andy Innes | recorded at: Undahaus, Johannesburg; StudioPxc, Johannesburg; ICP, Brussels;Jon’s House, London; The Signal Path, Ottawa; SUN Studios, Stellenbosch | Undahaus sessions engineered by Robin Walsh | Derek’s drum takes engineered by Ken Friesen assisted by Alex Benn | Kerri’s piano recorded by Justin Versfeld | Project mixed by Neal Snyman except tracks 2, 9, 12 & 13 mixed by Johan Griesel and track 1 mixed by Andy Innes | All tracks mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, USA | legal services by Marc Friedman
Cover pic @ Opéra, Avignon, France by Olivier Hudner | centre pics Auckland, NZ by Justin Aitken – memoryphotography.co.nz
Mugshot on muso page by Claude Six @ Tulle, France | Cover design and layout by Andy Innes
© Khangula Music 2012. Published by Khangula Songs. All rights reserved
All the amazing musicians who brought their considerable skills to the project; Johnny Clegg; Robin Walsh; Neal Snyman; Johan Griesel; Parker Guitars / USMC staff past and present: Ken Parker, Brad Strickland, John Vitale, Jody Dankberg, Nick Ellingsworth, Terry Atkins & Marissa Dankberg; Michael Taylor at Mesa Boogie USA, Michael “the source of abundance” Brown at Kaman Music Corp; Burkhard Georg Lehle and Jens Olbrich at Lehle, Germany; Tim Godwin at Taylor Guitars USA; Patrick, Rab and Sam at Patrick James Eggle guitars UK; Pat Chen at Monocase, LA; Morgan Aahof at Graphtech Labs USA; Gavin Lurssen, Reuben Cohen and Nikki Nieves at Lurssen Mastering USA; Yuri, Anton, Jacques, Mando, Andrew, Jed & Richard at Music Connection SA; Dayne, Stuart, Garth & Mike @ Marshall Music SA; whoever built my PRS CU24 – really, thanks; Alistair Coakley; Ron Brettel; Godfrey Mgcina; Solly Letwaba; Derek De Beer; Steve Mavuso; Dave Chislett; Alan Ratcliffe; Jon & Sue Cecil and the Suburbia gang; Paul Abrahams; Richard Bornman; Paul Hepker; Mandisa Dlanga; Dan Shout; Trevor Donjeany; Barry Van Zyl: Raeven Brough; Andy McGibbon, Nick and Al Edge; Dave “Squatty” Barrera; JB Arthur; Thomas Selmer-Olsen; Concord Nkabinde; Brendan Ross; Claude Six; Fabrice Fourgeaud; Philipe Pejoine; Luc Vindras; Christian Martin; Pierre Chenisse; Michel Bonhoure; Serge Perrod; John Leyden; Jean-Paul “Chou-chou” Verrier; Terry Finley; Bafazana Qoma; Andy Barnes; Sylvain Moustaki; Hilton Rosenthal; Dominic O’Byrne; Nick Copland; Zvi and Howard Belling; Don Laka; Mahoyana Nkwanyana; Dick Reyneke; John Shaughnessy; Alan Rissik; Sipho Mchunu; PJ Powers; Jackson Browne; Vicky Samson; Roddy Quin; Jeanette Gombert-Odgers
Jonathan Noyce uses D’addario strings
For Desiree, Alec, Juliet and Kerri
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