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 at the legendary Undahaus studios in Johannesburg, South Africa and several other international studios (in London, Brussels and Ottawa), mixed mainly by SAMA award winner Neal Snyman and mastered by Multiple Grammy award winner Gavin Lurssen in Hollywood. All the material was written and produced by Innes.
The powerful songwriting, dynamic performances and haunting orchestration evoke uniquely southern African ideas in a crossover folk-rock context. This one will be staying on your playlist for a while!
Comments from other people who have bought Anthems of a Stranger:
"Love this album . . . Listen to it every morning. Gentle, beautiful, perfect." - Peggy, Boston
"Thanks to everyone for recommending this CD. Listening to it for the first time this morning and loving it!" - Sharon, Arcata
"A fantastic album people!!! You should buy it now!" - Kaaren, NYC
"Get two for when you wear the first one out." - Luke, CT
"I LOVE Gitane!" - Kerri, Cape Town
"Très grande technique, excellent!!" - Alain, France
"LOVE IT...great guitar!!!" - Bob, Boston
"Great playing, oh those runs are perfect!" - Blake, Calgary
"Track #4 is an infectious song called Chains. There are a number of superb instrumentals and guitar solos. The vocals are great too. Check it out." - Andy, NH
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.