Poison frontman Bret Michaels is set to release his emotionally-charged new single “Jorja Bleu” on Friday, April 7th. The song has been described as “new and fresh, yet has the instantly-familiar sound that we’ve all come to love and expect from Michaels.” The track is very personal and is a real conversation he had with his youngest daughter for whom the track is named after. In the new single, Michaels recounts an exchange between father and daughter with lyrics like : “She said ‘What if I fall?’…and I said, ‘What if you fly?’”
“This song is as raw and stripped down as it gets,” Michaels states of the track. “This is a man sharing his trials and tribulations in such a way that he hopes to inspire his daughter to chase her dreams with no apologies, while keeping her feet planted firmly on the ground.”
Michaels felt so strongly about the raw and pure emotion in the original demo, which was engineered on a laptop on his tour bus by longtime friend and music director Pete Evick, Michaels decided to release the original demo instead of the studio version.
“This song is as raw and stripped down as it gets.”
“More times than not, Bret’s original untouched ideas are the best stuff,” Evick says. “It’s amazing watching him work. Bret will beat-box, hum, or sing all the parts from the drums, bass, guitar, keys, and even horns, right down to the vocals. Then go back and do the tracks with the instruments. He pushes my knowledge and the technology as far as it can go. The most special thing about this track is that Bret plays everything himself: all guitars, other instruments, and vocals (except the female harmony) are one hundred percent him.”
This is the first single from Michaels since his modern country crossover “Girls on Bars,” co-written by two-time CMA award winner Luke Laired, which was released in 2015. “Girls on Bars” boasted the highest number of views of any debut single ever on CMT.
The highly-anticipated new single “Jorja Bleu” which in many ways is the sequel to his song “Raine,” which is titled after his oldest daughter, drops on Tuesday, April 7th on iTunes and all other digital retailers and subscription audio formats.
The release comes as Michaels and his Poison bandmates — Rikki Rockett, C.C. DeVille and Bobby Dall — reunite after a five year hiatus. The band has teamed up with Def Leppard and Tesla for a summer tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN.
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