Monday, September 30, 2013

Ellen Foley resurfaces after long musical absence

Female rocker Ellen Foley is best known as the powerhouse voice behind Meat Loaf’s multi-platinum 1977 legendary duet, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," but after a 30-year hiatus from the music industry, she is releasing a new album titled, About Time.

This is her first solo album since the 1983's Another Breath and it will be released via Urban Noise, on Nov. 5, in collaboration with Sands Foley Entertainment.

With production from Eric Ambel of the roots rock band The Del-Lords, About Time finds Foley's powerhouse vocals melding with the edgy, guitar-driven compositions that are nostalgic yet fresh—certifying her reign as a veteran in power pop world while pronouncing her readmission on classic rock grounds.

"It's important for me to release a new record at this point in time, " says Foley. I feel really powerful vocally, and the songs Paul Foglino has written fit so well. They have a real integrity that increases my legitimacy as an artist. In terms of making records now vs. 30 years ago, I have to say it's intimidating. The digital, the social network is something I need to dive into head first. And be surrounded with people who understand it all. Which, thankfully, I do, she adds."

Foley's dossier includes a string of credits, from music to film and theatre. She received several gold records and awards for her three solo albums recorded on Epic Records (Night Out, Spirit of St. Louis, Another Breath), which were produced by high profile rock legends such as Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, and Mick Jones and Joe Strummer of The Clash.
She was the inspiration for The Clash's "Should I Stay, or Should I Go,"  and has sung backup for Joe Jackson (“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Steppin’ Out” and “Sunday Papers”). Foley also taught at the School of Rock, the foundation for Jack Black’s 2003 film of the same title.

During her so-called "hiatus," she raised two sons (now 23 and 19), and found success on the big screen and the stage with featured roles in the films "Hair," "Tootsie," "Fatal Attraction," "Married to the Mob," and "Cocktail" - and leading roles on Broadway in "Me and My Girl," " Into The Woods."
The singer/actress also played a public defender in the TV series "Night Court," and was a host on the VH-1 series, "Top 21 Countdown." She stars in the upcoming indie film, "Lies I Told My Little Sister," which will be released in 2014.

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