ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES PRESENTS:
THE SOULFUL SOUND OF DEREK STROKER
AND HiS BRAND NEW RELEASE 'LOVE & COLOUR'
JUNE 18, 2012 -DEREK STROKER may have recently returned to Orlando after five years in Nashville, but the heart of Music City is beating strongly throughout his latest full length album LOVE & COLOUR – a powerful 11-track set of soul-infused pop/rock that blends a timeless old school sensibility with a contemporary flair and a unique perspective on the ups and downs of love in the modern world. Drawing from a classic well of inspirations ranging from ERIC CLAPTON and THE BEATLES to AL GREEN, DONNY HATHAWAY and modern greats JAMES MORRISON, MARC BROUSSARD and GAVIN DEGRAW. STROKER creates honest, straight from the heart music that takes the listener on what he calls “a journey of real love, with songs about the good times as well as the hard times. It’s not about ‘Hollywood Love,’ where everything is always perfect,” STROKER says. “Within relationships and love there is always struggle. But in the end, true love always wins out. I feel that this new record and musical direction is a natural progression for me as an artist. I’ve always loved the authenticity that old soul records could communicate, and this was a major driving force when I started recording ‘LOVE & COLOUR’.Since his last release, the 7 song EP RISE AND SHINE (2008), STROKER—whose early recordings were penned solely by him--immersed himself in the thriving community of Nashville based songwriters and expanded his horizons by collaborating on so many new songs that he had to pare down from close to 80 tunes to create the perfect set list for LOVE & COLOUR. As he developed and expanded his vision as a songwriter, the multi-talented performer began touring throughout Tennessee and Georgia and became a popular live performer in Nashville via shows at venues like 3rd and Lindsley, 12th and Porter, The Rutledge LMV and the Hard Rock – plus a sold out show at the renowned Exit/In sponsored by his favorite radio station Lightning 100. He recorded the new album there over the course of a year and several studios, including THE RECORD SHOP, THE BROWN OWL and INVERTIGO PRODUCTIONS, the home base of his producer STEPHEN GAUSE.
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