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Legendary Canadian Singer/Songwriter Ian Thomas Releases "Hugely Ambitious" Retrospective Album, Accompanied by 70+ Member Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - Available now via ALMA/eOne
(Published: June 30, 2016)

For Immediate Release                                                                                                 
June 29, 2016
Legendary Canadian Singer/Songwriter Ian Thomas Releases "Hugely Ambitious" Retrospective Album, Accompanied by 70+ Member Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

ALMA/eOne CD ‘A Life In Song' Revisits Seminal Hits Including "Painted Ladies", "The Runner", "Pilot" and More

On his "hugely ambitious" new CD ‘A Life In Song', legendary Canadian singer/songwriter Ian Thomas infuses new life into a hits-heavy catalogue than spans a remarkable four decades. This is a retrospective with a difference, though. Rather than being simply a greatest hits collection, ‘A Life In Song' (available now via ALMA Records / eOne,) features orchestral reinterpretations of Thomas' musically and lyrically eloquent material, as performed by Ian and the acclaimed 70+ member Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Watch the EPK, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh_0ZowXggU

Thomas recorded these lush, new versions along with producer Peter Cardinali and engineer John "Beetle" Bailey, and the result is a sweeping, dramatic sonic template. Recorded, mixed and mastered in hi resolution 24Bit-192kHz audio, their large-scale effort has been executed with both surgical precision and musical passion. Thomas discussed the project in a recent interview with Canadian daily newspaper The Hamilton Spectator:

The album features familiar tracks including Painted Ladies, Long, Long Way, The Runner, Right Before Your Eyes, Pilot, Hold On, and more - songs that were hits for both Thomas and for such iconic artists as Santana, America, and Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Here is the music video for ‘The Runner', which captures some of the drama created by the combination of the 70-member orchestra and Thomas' newly-recorded vocals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyj4znPRff0&feature=youtu.be

Also included on the CD is more recent material, as well as one brand- new composition, "So Cold In The City." Read the ALMA One Sheet, here: http://www.almarecords.com/files/169-880504617627_OneSheet_IanThomas_ALifeInSong.pdf

Successfully completing such a grand project was certainly not easy. Thomas observed, "the idea of doing a record the old-fashioned way and with a full orchestra just doesn't really fit any record company model these days." An Indiegogo campaign brought an enthusiastic response, something Thomas found "humbling and heartening. It made me dig in and go ‘alright, let's get this done'."

He assembled a top-notch cast of arrangers for the album, giving the collection a refreshingly diverse sound. Thomas arranged five of the tracks, while other arrangements were handled by Laura Jones, Milan Kymlika, Darcy Hepner, Kevin Adamson, Peter Cardinali, and Don Breithaupt.

Cardinali handled all the orchestration, with Thomas noting, "all the arrangements were funneled through Peter. He added some icing to my cake. Peter is also a wonderful conductor, as he showed in Prague."

Arranging for and working with an orchestra is nothing new to Ian Thomas. "I have invested a lot of time in film scores over the years, and I really came to love the sound of orchestra," he explains. "The idea of this record was to more or less integrate the song right into the orchestra, or in some cases to underscore the lyric. Having these songs completely integrated into the orchestra makes this a lovely listen to me."

‘A Life In Song' is a potent reminder of the lyrical and musical genius of this superb songsmith. It is a record destined to both thrill longtime fans and enchant new converts.

Interview footage with Ian Thomas re ‘Right Before Your Eyes':

Interview footage with Ian Thomas re ‘Painted Ladies:

Interview footage with Ian Thomas re ‘To Comfort You:

About Alma Records:
Alma Records discovers and develops new and original artists who choose not to be compromised by an obsessively commercial music industry - where an equally talented but lesser known artist might be overlooked by the mainstream music industry in its perpetual quest for the next "flavor of the month".

Launched in 1992 by recognized bassist, producer, arranger, composer Peter Cardinali, Alma seeks to make a difference by creating a "music first" label that looks for the "feel" in a song and its performer, and not just the formula. Cardinali chose the name of the company to symbolize its standards and sensitivity to talent and the creative process. That name is "Alma", which means "soul". Without it there is no artist - Without it there is no label.

Cardinali says the philosophy has been a success. "Our company has a roster of exceptionally gifted musicians and artists who have recorded an enduring catalogue of albums. Their work is now available around the world via prudent licensing deals with kindred labels such as Universal, eOne, P-Vine, edel, Membran, JVC, Proper, Perleberg, Pony Canyon, Gallo, EMI, Scorpio, Sony, Warner, and more."

Now, with a solid business foundation and a growing international footprint, the label continues to augment their strengths via more direct artist signings and development, licensing deals - foreign and domestic, increased marketing and promotions, a film music division, multi media productions, and expanding its publishing company, "Cardster Music Co."   

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