English keyboardist/pianist, Rick Wakeman has sold over 50 millions albums as a solo artist. He is also known as one of the earliest members of the progressive rock band Yes, who will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this coming April. On January 13th, Rick Wakeman will release his latest solo album titled "Piano Portraits" through the Universal Music Group.
The album features fifteen, piano-only covers of some of the most well-known songs in rock music history. Wakeman was inspired to create this album due to the success of his piano-only performance of David Bowie's "Life On Mars," following the singer's death last year. The album begins with a mellow version of The Beatles' "Help!" as the melody plays more to the song's meaning, before Wakeman leads us gently into "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" is treated with grace as Wakeman's skills give the song heart-filled emotion. He delicately delivers the lullaby "Berceuse," before the inspirational rendering of "Amazing Grace." Wakeman paints the perfect picture with Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" as this rendition is a perfect layout for this classic folk-rock gem.
One of only two artists appearing twice on this new release is the late-David Bowie, as Rick Wakeman pours his soul into this wonderful, piano-version of "Space Oddity." Wakeman finishes the album with the patriotic English hymn "I Vow To Thee, My Country" and an up-tempo, waltz-type rendition of The Beatles' "Elanor Rigby." To find out more about Rich Wakeman and his latest release "Piano Portraits," please visit rwcc.com.