Engelbert Humperdinck – Sentiments
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Engelbert releases new EP Sentiments, a collection of brand-new recordings including covers of songs by Elton John, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Charlie Chaplin
As the world buckled down with COVID-19, iconic vocalist ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK had to adjust to the shifting restrictions provided by the pandemic. With his 2020 worldwide tour canceled, Engelbert insisted on getting new music to his myriad of fans who were upset about missing the “King of Romance” do his thing. In lieu of the tour, he opted to use his time off the road to record SENTIMENTS, a new EP released on November 20, 2020 via OK!Good Records.
Recorded this summer by producer Jurgen Korduletsch despite the tough restrictions placed on artists due to the coronavirus outbreak, Humperdinck recorded his vocals remotely, a very different experience for him. The result is a six-track EP which includes covers of Elton John (“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”), Bob Dylan (“Forever Young”), Charlie Chaplin (“Smile”) and a duet with UK singer/songwriter Janet Devlin on Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.
Launching with the first single “One World,” which was originally recorded in 1988 for a Germany-only album, Engelbert chose to re-record this version with a brand new arrangement to help bring solace and calm to a divided and volatile world with its message about the importance of unity and togetherness.
Inspired to record a cover of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” from hearing an interview that Elton John had done years ago stating that the song was originally written for Engelbert but it never made it to him, Engelbert infuses a bit of his own wizened life experience into the track which might not have been infused if he had recorded it in 1973 when it was originally intended.
“What Am I Living For” gets a fourth makeover by Engelbert who follows Chuck Wllis’ version which was a #1 R&B hit, Conway Twitty who then turned it into a Country hit in the 50s, and Percy Sledge who a decade later transformed it into a Pop hit. A love song straight from the heart that speaks to Engelbert with its simplicity, he dedicates his version not only to his true love and darling wife Patricia but also to his fans all over the globe with the lyrics, “What am I living for / if not for you?”
Featuring a duet with internationally-acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Janet Devlin, the Elvis Presley standard “Can’t Help Falling in Love” gets a modern remake, directed not at each other but as a dedication to his wife Patricia and her daily struggles with Alzheimer’s Disease. A fan favorite from UK’s X-Factor from 2011, Devlin had performed the song on the show as a tribute to her grandfather who passed away that same week.
Closing out the heartfelt EP are his versions of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” and Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.” Engelbert performed the latter track recently on his very first livestreamed concert this past July (which is approaching 500,000 views).
- One World
- Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
- What Am I Living For
- Can’t Help Falling In Love (feat. Janet Devlin)
- Forever Young
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In addition to the release of his EP, Engelbert will be presenting his very first Christmas special which will be livestreamed on Looped on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET. To be filmed from his home in California, this exclusive and uniquely intimate livestream event will include performances of a selection of favorite holiday classics and new Christmas songs. This exclusive online private concert can be watched and enjoyed worldwide from your computer’s web browser, or by using the Looped mobile app on your tablet and cellphone, or screencast to your smart TV. To purchase tickets for either the Livestream Concert event or a Virtual VIP 1-on-1 Video Call visit: http://www.events.loopedlive.com/engelbert
The “King of Romance”, as Engelbert is lovingly nicknamed by his legion of fans, recently celebrated 50 years in showbiz. With his most recent albums The Man I Want to Be (2017) and Warmest Christmas Wishes (2018) and last year’s Reflections EP Engelbert has shown another side of his talent by picking more introspective songs that connect with his life’s experience proving his continuing relevance with today’s audiences.
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