BILLY SHERWOOD’s New Song “The Citizen” Out Now

BILLY SHERWOOD's New Song "The Citizen" Out Now

Frontiers Music srl has unveiled another song from the new Billy Sherwood album, Citizen. The song, “The Citizen“ can be heard below. The album, Citizen is due out November 6.

This is the third song to be revealed prior to the new album’s release on November 6th. All digital pre-orders of Citizen include instant downloads of “The Citizen,” “Just Galileo And Me,” and “No Man’s Land.” Pre-orders available here.

In writing the song, “The Citizen,” Billy Sherwood’s main goal was to set up his concept album, Citizen, about a lost soul reincarnated in different eras. Almost modeling the album’s opening after the beginning scroll of the movie Star Wars, he wanted the lyrics show how one thing could change the course of history. “I think people need to listen to the album once, and then start again with the song ‘The Citizen’ as it shows that the guy has already been there throughout history.

Billy’s aware that the song “The Citizen” can also stand on its own, and—thus—be interpreted in other ways including the responsibility of citizens being informed. “That is the cool thing about music, people can read a lot of things into it.  It shows how the music relates to the listener.”

It is significant that the song “The Citizen” is the last recording of Billy’s mentor, Yes bassist Chris Squire.  Earlier this year when Chris was diagnosed with cancer, he handpicked Billy Sherwood to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his untimely death.  Former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye is also on the recording.

Other artists on the album, Citizen, are Yes keyboardists: Patrick Moraz, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downes, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Yes’ current singer Jon Davison.

Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. He joined Yes first as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994, and was a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the “Conspiracy” project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye.

Citizen is Billy’s eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, “While I’ve created a lot of this record myself I couldn’t have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it’s much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It’s my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.

The Album, Citizen is being released November 6 on Frontiers Music Srl.

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