New Messiah, featuring C. Will Harden on guitars and Craig Cefola (Dukes, Wheelhouse Junction) on drums, recently released their debut album, Voice Of Choice. A video for the cover of Billy Joe's “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” can be seen below.
Says Craig Cefola: "This Billy Joel classic was known for it's piano and saxophone foundation and it's long and winding road of emotional ups and downs. We turned the piano sections into acoustic guitar, the brass instrument parts into electric guitar solos and made this unique cover that I'm sure you have never heard done this way if at all. I hope you can appreciate the countless hours that went into this track."
Voice Of Choice includes 20 cover songs that showcase several singers including drummer Tom Hunting (Exodus). Tom hand picked the Stevie Wonder classic “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” as a song he always wanted to cover, along with three others including The Bus Boys’ “Boys Are Back In Town”, Jerry Reed’s “East Bound And Down” and The Time’s “Jungle Love” that also sparked the interest of Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. Darryl wrote his part in that song and helped to open the album with this original take on Morris Day’s classic from the Prince film Purple Rain.
Rob Dukes (Exodus, Generation Kill, Fragile Mortals) also lends his vocals to tracks. Rob can be heard on the Judas Priest classic “Turbo Lover”, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and Tom Petty’s “Refugee”, all songs hand picked by Dukes who has worked with life long friend Craig Cefola for decades. Rob was instrumental in helping to get this project off the ground and brought in some of these amazing vocalists to help make this unique collection of covers a reality.
Jack Gibson (Exodus, Testament) and Craig Cefola share their respect for Jerry Reed on “East Bound And Down” from the film “Smokey And The Bandit”. Jack plays bass on the track and also performs the song with his side band (Coffin Hunter).
Venezuelan rocker Deibys Artigas is featured on “Hell Is For Children”, “Call Me”, “The Final Countdown”, the Spanish classic “Bailando” and the Billy Joel masterpiece “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant”, a song that took the band several months to create. Piano parts were turned into Acoustic Guitar, while Saxophone and Clarinet morphs into ripping lead guitar solos.
Tbilisi-based vocalist Esté is featured on “Hot Stuff”, “Our Lips Are Sealed”, “Reach Out” and The Cars classic “Moving In Stereo”. She was the first vocalist on the project and inspired the band to expand the collection to a full album release.
Mitch Saul (Kick Start Charlie) brings his unique vocal stylings to “Holiday Road” from the film “National Lampoon’s Vacation”. The band tried out several singers before finally finding the right voice for this rarely covered Lindsey Buckingham classic.
James Arthur (Wheelhouse Junction) pays tribute to Johnny Cash for the hard rock version of “Folsom Prison Blues”.
Finally, New Messiah guitarist C. Will Harden get’s his chance to shine vocally on Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman”.
This unique collection of covers brings together a special group of excellent talent and pays tribute to these vocalist’s favorite songs. Be sure and check out the album tracks on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play and many streaming services. An album preview can be found below.
"Jungle Love" (Feat. Tom Hunting & Darryl “DMC” Mcdaniels)
"Simple Man" (Feat. Rob Dukes)
"Hell Is For Children" (Feat. Deibys Artigas)
"Hot Stuff" (Feat. Esté)
"You Haven’t Done Nothin’" (Feat. Tom Hunting)
"Turbo Lover" (Feat. Rob Dukes)
"Call Me" (Feat. Deibys Artigas)
"Holiday Road" (Feat. Mitch Saul)
"Boys Are Back In Town" (Feat. Tom Hunting)
"Our Lips Are Sealed" (Feat. Esté)
"The Final Countdown" (Feat. Deibys Artigas)
"Refugee" (Feat. Rob Dukes)
"East Bound And Down" (Feat. Tom Hunting & Jack Gibson)
"Bailando" (Feat. Deibys Artigas)
"Moving In Stereo" (Feat. Esté)
"Folsom Prison Blues" (Feat. James Arthur)
"Gold Dust Woman" (Feat. C. Will Harden)
"Reach Out" (I’ll Be There) (Feat. Esté)
"Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" (Feat. Deibys Artigas)