Gerry Beckley, the illustrious singer, songwriter, performer and co-founder of legendary band America, releases his new single, the album’s title track – “Aurora” – today! The song is taken from his fourth solo album for Blue Élan Records, which is scheduled for release on July 1, 2022. Pre-orders are available now. “Aurora” is available today on all streaming services.
Beckley says the recently written title track, an unabashed love song, uses the natural phenomenon of light in the sky at dawn, fitting for an album opener, as a metaphor for the event that changed. the life of meeting his wife and moving to Australia. “When you hold a mirror up to your life, it’s hard to control how much of your life is in that reflection,” he says. “I don’t want to say it’s about one thing in particular, I prefer to leave it more open.”
The effect is that even though our feet are planted on the ground, our gaze is fixed on the firmament, a theme to which Beckley returns on album tracks like “Never Know Why” (“Stars Fall From The Sky”), “Way to Go” (“You left without a sound/The feet never touched the ground”) and “Aérien” (“I hear a distant bell”).
Recorded during the pandemic at Beckley’s two home studios at its dual bases in Sydney, Australia, and Venice, California, Dawn is an introspective album that takes stock of his life – past, present and future. “It’s a moment of great reflection, whether we like it or not,” he says. “If we treat this pandemic as the lesson it could and should be, it could be a moment of great growth, because even with the immense challenges we face, there is still hope.”
Sequenced like a traditional vinyl album, with side 1 and 2, Dawn is the work of a lifetime performer who has never stopped growing, personally and creatively, with a beginning, a middle and an end.
“When you hold a mirror up to your life, it’s hard to control how much of your life is in that reflection,” he says. “I don’t want to say it’s about one thing in particular, I prefer to leave it more open.”
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