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Bruce Sudano Tackles The Future By Wrestling With the Past On Talkin’ Ugly Truth, Tellin’ Pretty Lies, inspired by painting by his late wife Donna Summer, Out March 1, 2024.

Folk Alliance International Official Showcase Announced,Watch/Share Videos for Previously Released Singles: “Better Than This,” “Make The World Go Away,”and “Two Bleeding Hearts” with Valerie Simpson.

Los Angeles, CA – January 10, 2024 – “I’m tackling the future by wrestling with the past, all the while living in the present tense,” says singer/songwriter Bruce Sudano of his highly anticipated ninth album, Talkin’ Ugly Truth, Tellin’ Pretty Lies, out March 1 on Purple Heart Recording Company. 

Watch and/or share the videos for the previously released singles “Better Than This,” “Make The World Go Away,” and Two Bleeding Hearts.” In late February, he will be an official showcase artist at Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. 

From the exhilaration of youth on the album’s opener, “Better Than That,” through the maze of life and where the journey leads on “Under the Gun,” Talkin’ Ugly Truth, Tellin’ Pretty Lies encompasses every stage of life. “Make The World Go Away,” featuring background vocals by Irene Blackman, who appears throughout the album, is a catchy yet urgent account of escaping the chaos of every day; “Two Bleeding Hearts,” featuring vocals by Valerie Simpson, speaks of the lines that lovers shouldn’t cross; and the whispered spoken word of “Navigating the Unforeseen” highlights victory in a place of surrender.

Written over the spring and fall of 2022 in Milan, Italy, Sudano worked remotely with producer Ken Lewis – he in Milan and Lewis in Ohio – providing demos that detailed tempo, atmosphere, and direction. Lewis added or took away elements and then sent his team of East Coast musicians files to individually layer their parts, returning the tracks to Sudano for vocals and guitar parts. The only exception to that process was “Under the Gun,” written and recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Randy Ray Mitchell.

Throughout his acclaimed decades-long career, Sudano has cultivated a musical style that combines pop sensibility based on real-life storytelling built on a foundation of folk and soul music dressed in postmodern production. Every record he’s made has its own landscape; some are starker than others. The result of this latest collaboration is a sonic adventure filled with swagger, soul, and depth. 

Following the album design of past releases of using an art piece on the cover, for Talkin’ Ugly Truth, Tellin’ Pretty Lies, Sudano borrowed a detail from a painting by his late wife, Donna Summer. “I thought it reflected the subtlety, complexities, and nuance that I’ve tried to create for every song on this record,” offers Sudano. 

Growing up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Sudano’s father had a jukebox route and would come home weekly with a box of 45s, which began his musical journey. “The thing that always intrigued me [about those records], even more than the singers and musicians, was the names under the title in parentheses – the songwriters,” says Sudano. 

A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Sudano began his career in 1968 with the band Alive N Kickin’, scoring a Billboard hit with the 1970 single “Tighter, Tighter,” written by Tommy James (“Crimson and Clover”), who became his songwriting mentor and helped hone his craft. In 1977, he co-founded Brooklyn Dreams, performing their hit single, “Music, Harmony and Rhythm,” on American Bandstand. A gifted songwriter, his songs have been recorded by Michael and Jermaine Jackson, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Robert Palmer, and Donna Summer.

He released his first album, Fugitive Kind, in 1981, with a sophomore album, Rainy Day Soul, following in 2004. His third album, Life and the Romantic, was released in 2009 and won the New Music Weekly Adult Contemporary Song of the Year award for “It’s Her Wedding Day,” written for his daughter’s wedding. In 2014, following Summer’s death, he released With Angels on a Carousel. In 2015, he released The Burbank Sessions, followed by 2017’s 21st Century WorldSpirals: Vol.1: Not a Straight Line to Be Found (2020); Spirals, Vol. 2: Time & the Space in Between (2020); and Ode to a Nightingale (2021).

Talkin’ Ugly Truth, Tellin’ Pretty Lies Tracklisting:

1. Better Than This

2. Make The World Go Away

3. Two Bleeding Hearts (with Valerie Simpson)

4. How’d You Get Here

5. Cardboard World

6. Talkin’ Ugly Truth, Tellin’ Pretty Lies

7. Navigating the Unforeseen

8. Under The Gun

The album is now available for pre-order.

After Ms. Marvel and Loki, composer, pop singer A-ZAL unveils new summer pop single, “Movie Script” set to be released August 11, 2023.

NEW YORK – A-Zal, the emerging popstar from New York, is ready to captivate audiences worldwide with his latest release, “Movie Script.” This sensational single, packed with a funky vibe and pop-infused melodies, is bound to hook listeners from the very first play. Scheduled for release on August 11, 2023, “Movie Script” is poised to become this summer’s anthem, destined to be on repeat for fans. A-Zal’s infectious melodies and relatable lyrics make it impossible not to groove and sing along to this unforgettable track.

In “Movie Script,” A-Zal’s musical brilliance shines through, showcasing his unique style and talent. With infectious rhythms, catchy hooks, and top-notch production, the song demonstrates his ability to craft music that transcends genres and leaves a lasting impact on listeners.

A-Zal brings a fresh and unique perspective to his music. Affectionately referred to as the “American Ed Sheeran” by his fans, A-Zal has a talent for creating heartfelt and resonant melodies. His soundtracks have graced popular television series Ms. Marvel, which was not only famous in the US but gained admiration worldwide. His compositions have also been featured in Loki, NCIS: Los Angeles, and The Twilight Zone, as well as Netflix films like Resort to Love. He has collaborated with major studios and networks like Marvel Studios, CBS Network, Netflix, and Viacom18.

“Movie Script” further cements his reputation as an artist who flawlessly blends pop sensibilities with soulful elements, creating a sound that’s both contemporary and timeless. Listeners can look forward to accessing “Movie Script” on all major digital streaming platforms, ensuring that fans can enjoy the song anytime and anywhere. 

Mark your calendars and get ready to experience A-Zal’s latest musical masterpiece. For more updates on A-Zal and the release of “Movie Script,” be sure to visit his official website and follow him on social media channels –  Instagram Facebook YouTube TikTok 

About A-Zal

A-Zal, also known as Atif Afzal, is a New York-based pop singer known for his soulful voice and impactful songwriting. With a childhood immersed in British pop culture in London, A-Zal brings a fresh and unique perspective to his music. He has collaborated with major studios and networks such as Marvel Studios, CBS Network, Netflix, and Viacom18.

A-Zal’s fans affectionately refer to him as the “American Ed Sheeran” due to his ability to create heartfelt and resonant melodies. His compositions have graced popular television series like Ms. Marvel, Loki, NCIS: Los Angeles, and The Twilight Zone, as well as Netflix films such as Resort to Love.

Growing up in London and receiving training from a Royal College of Music alumnus, A-Zal’s musical journey took flight after pursuing a career in engineering and working at KPMG. Since his debut in 2013, he has composed scores and soundtracks for a range of international films, including Gift, Then a Hero Comes Along and The Alternative. A-Zal’s previous music has been released by prominent labels such as Universal Music Group and BMG.

Recognized for his talent as both a composer and singer, A-Zal has enchanted audiences with his vocals in various songs. His music transcends borders, captivating listeners with its universal appeal.

A-Zal continues to push artistic boundaries, captivating fans worldwide with his evocative melodies and storytelling. His music resonates deeply, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of his audience. A-Zal is an extraordinary artist, poised to make a lasting impact on the pop music scene.