Interview by Robert Cavuoto
Photo Credit: Julius Richardson
Mark Tremonti, a founding member of the hard rock bands Creed, Alter Bridge, Tremonti, has teamed up with the surviving members of Frank Sinatra’s orchestra to create his take on some of Frank’s classic songs for the release of Tremonti Sings Sinatra. The album will be released on May 27th.
This release is truly special and unique because Mark has gifted the album to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) with all proceeds to help fund NDSS, giving the gift of music to children with developmental disabilities. The album was inspired by his daughter, Stella, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
Mark steps out of his metal guitar master box to showcase his vocal talent in a surprising way on this album. In a rich baritone voice with perfect pitch, Mark captures all the subtle nuance of Sinatra’s singing and phrasing. His voice is expansive and expressive while adding warmth and depth to Frank’s songs. Having members of Frank’s original band is the icing on the cake for this release. It’s a must-have for his fans and helps a great cause! Tremonti Sings Sinatra is available for pre-order: https://linktr.ee/marktremonti
In my interview with Mark, he shares how this idea of singing Sinatra came to fruition, the importance of getting the thumbs-up of approval from Frank’s orchestra, the charitable gift of music to the National Down Syndrome Society, an update on Alter Bridge’s next CD, and some possible Sinatra related show dates in the future. Please be sure to follow My Global Mind on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to their YouTube channel.
GRAMMY® winning musician, producer, author as well as founding member of chart-topping, globally successful rock bands Alter Bridge, Creed, and Tremonti, Mark Tremonti is “stepping out” with his most-ambitious and challenging project to date.
Announced today, March 21st, on World Down Syndrome Day, Mark has partnered with National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) as he releases an album of Frank Sinatra covers entitled Tremonti Sings Sinatra. The album of selections from Frank Sinatra’s catalogue is being released as part of a new charity initiative created by Tremonti called Take A Chance For Charity. Proceeds from the album – scheduled for release on May 27th – will go to support NDSS and the work they do to advocate for and support individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Mark and his family were blessed to welcome their first daughter Stella last March – who was born with Down syndrome – and the idea for the project was born. A video sharing the very personal story of Take A Chance For Charity and behind-the-scenes clips can be seen here:
“For years, I’ve loved singing along to Frank’s songs,” Mark explains. “One night, I found an old video of him performing ‘The Song Is You’ from 1944. It made me want to dive into his vocal approach. I was all in and I wanted to do something with it. When we found out about our daughter Stella’s Down syndrome diagnosis, the stars aligned. My obsession with Sinatra had its reason. Frank Sinatra raised more than a billion dollars for charity and that is a fact I wish the public knew more about. Beneath his cool and calm persona, he had a big heart. Doing this charity in his name was another way the stars had aligned. I decided to do this record to raise funds for families and individuals with Down syndrome. This project is the start of a new purpose that I will have for the rest of my life.”
With supportive guidance from the Sinatra family, Mark Tremonti has come together with surviving members of Frank Sinatra’s orchestra, creating new takes on both classics and deeper cuts from Frank’s catalogue. From the opening horns and piano of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” to final vocal outro of “All Or Nothing At All,” Mark Tremonti showcases the signature vocal approach and exemplary musicianship that made Sinatra’s work timeless. To see his vision through, Mark reached out to Frank Sinatra’s musical director Mike Smith who collected as many remaining members as possible of Frank’s touring band to record the music for Tremonti Sings Sinatra. Where sadly, some members have passed away, the orchestra was completed by a cast of stellar musicians, between them known for playing with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Barbra Streisand, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. The album was recorded at Chicago’s Palisade Studios and Crystall Recorders, with arrangements from Mike Smith and Carey Deadman.
Popular standards like “I’ve Got The World On A String,” “My Way” and “That’s Life” find new life in the hands of these incredible musicians. Mark Tremonti – known for his guitar work that has won him countless accolades – leaves the instrument behind and just sings on the 14-track album. The artwork on the album cover is an original painting that Mark Tremonti created especially for this project.
The track listing for Tremonti Sings Sinatra is:
1. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
2. I’ve Got The World On A String
3. I Fall In Love Too Easily
5. Fly Me To The Moon
6. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
7. My Way
8. You Make Me Feel So Young
9. Luck Be A Lady
10. That’s Life
11. Come Fly With Me
12. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
13. The Song Is You
14. All Or Nothing At All
About Take A Chance For Charity:
Take A Chance For Charity is a new charity focused on giving artists / actors / athletes / anyone with a platform the ability to get out of their comfort zone. The idea is to have people get out of the genre they are known for to raise funds / awareness for the charity of their choice. We want people to have the most fun they ever had while raising money for charity. An actor can sing, an athlete can dance, a musician can perform a song out of their musical genre – any artistic interpretation. This gives participants the ability to do something out of the ordinary – in fact extraordinary – all in the name of charity. Tremonti Sings Sinatra will be the first release for the cause, the recipient being NDSS.
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is the leading human rights organisation for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realise their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. Founded in 1979, NDSS supports and advocates for the Down syndrome community by focusing on three key areas of programming: Resources & Support, Policy & Advocacy, and Community Engagement. Within these focus areas NDSS engages in various activities, events, and programs on topics that are critical to our community such as federal and state advocacy and public policy, health and wellness, education, and employment. NDSS creates resources to support individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and caregivers across the lifespan and hosts awareness and engagement events throughout the country including the National Buddy Walk® Program, the Times Square Video presentation and New York City Buddy Walk®, Racing for 3.21 on World Down Syndrome Day, Run for 3.21, DC Golf Outing, the annual NDSS Gala & Auction, and various other events. Visit www.ndss.org for more information about NDSS.