Gordon Bahary, Unbreakable
No one can ever accuse Gordon Bahary of rushing into things. The New York-based singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer has been making music for more than three decades-earning the respect of such giants as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and the late Harry Chapin along the way-but only now is he releasing his debut album. Unbreakable (Lasting Treasure), available digitally online on Aug. 28th and in an exclusive deluxe version with three bonus tracks at Barnes & Noble (retail and online) on the same date, with CDs to follow, is the culmination of a lifetime's worth of creativity and innovation from an artist who has quietly built a huge, devoted fanbase-his Facebook page has nearly 150,000 likes-while refusing to travel down traditional music industry pathways.
Bahary, who has never previously toured, will embark next month on his first-ever series of live performances, beginning in the Northeast. His first confirmed appearance is scheduled for the Barnes & Noble store in the Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. The Barnes & Noble edition of the album, available at all of Bahary's appearances, will feature bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere.
Written, as the album's liner notes explain, "in a cocoon of alone time, day into the night," Unbreakable was recorded "in a cozy atmosphere" in Bahary's home studio and at New York's Dubway Studios. Bahary wrote, sang, produced, engineered and mixed the music and played along with a crew of New York all-stars who have toured and recorded with Sting, Paul Simon, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon and Barbra Streisand. Bahary's music traverses the emotional spectrum, and Unbreakable delivers a range of expressions from bold and ambitious to vulnerable and fragile.
The 13 original tracks on Unbreakable are poignant and expressive, an intimate, elegant and dynamic work that draws on such indelible human experiences as love and hurt, friendship, faith and trust, compassion, truth, determination and the bonds we all share-an Unbreakable bond.
The video for "Angel," the first single from Unbreakable, is set to debut soon. A stunning ballad of loss and longing, "Angel"-an earlier, rough version of which earned an award from Youtube/Google as one of the Top-20 most-viewed videos in the world, with over 600,000 views the weekend it was released-is a standout track from this intimate, elegant and dynamic work that reflects the artist's thoughts, hopes, values and experiences at this stage of his life. Other highlights include "A Lady," "Blue Boy," "Father and Son," "Mediterranean Woman" and "My Last Day on Earth," each of which-along with the other tracks on Unbreakable-explores matters and values that are of utmost importance to Bahary.