Acclaimed songwriter STEPHEN BISHOP has announced details for the release of his new album BLUEPRINT. Set for release July 29, the album features a new song, “Holy Mother,” co-written with Eric Clapton plus a new upbeat version of his 1983 Top 25 hit “It Might Be You,” which he performed on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” earlier this year.
Since releasing his debut album Careless in 1976, the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/guitarist and actor has enjoyed a wide array of success across several genres and mediums. His first two hit singles–1977’s “Save It For A Rainy Day” and “On And On”–garnered him a reputation as a go-to songwriter and collaborator. The list of co-writers and artists who have covered his songs is massive: Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Art Garfunkel, David Crosby, Beyonce, Kenny Loggins, Four Tops, Helen Reddy, Johnny Mathis, Steve Perry, Phoebe Snow, Stephanie Mills and more.
His songs have played predominantly in major motion pictures as well: Animal House, Tootsie, White Nights, The China Syndrome, Micki & Maude and The Money Pit, among many others. His theme song “Separate Lives” for the film White Nights–sung by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin–was a #1 hit. Bishop has also appeared in a number of films, including Animal House, where John Belushi’s character famously smashes his folk guitar (which Bishop kept as a souvenir). Other films include The Blues Brothers, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Kentucky Fried Movie and Orson Welles’ last film, Someone To Love.
“One evening I was laying on the bed in my ManCave when I suddenly thought, “I should make a new album!'” says BISHOP. “Just like that…I had been listening to old demo’s of mine. I picked the best songs of my past and got a great producer named Jon Gilutin. We used the demo’s as a kind of blueprint to where we were going with the new recording..I wrote ‘Holy Mother’ with Eric Clapton a few years ago. He recorded it on his own and with Pavarotti in a recorded concert in Italy…We also decided to do a new version of my hit, ‘It Might Be You.’ I’m very proud of this new album Blueprint, I think it’s one of my best albums.”
STEPHEN BISHOP live shows:
Waikiki Shell (w/Ambrosia)
Mon, 9/26-Fri, 9/29
W. Springfield, MA
Eastern States Exposition