“ONE SHOT” DUE OUT MARCH 12, 2021; FIRST SINGLE, ‘REAL’ OUT NOW
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Danish vocalist
Ronnie Atkins’ new solo album, “One Shot”. The acclaimed Pretty Maids and
Nordic Union vocalist will release his new solo album on March 12, 2021.
Fans can get their first taste of music with today’s release of the track
‘Real’. Listen on your favorite streaming service at the link below or via
Pre-order/save “One Shot”, including limited edition color vinyl, HERE.
“To be honest, I initially had no intention to do a solo album to begin
with, but for various reasons and in particularly my own personal health
situation I finally decided to have a crack at it,” says Atkins.
“Around Easter 2020 and only some six weeks after I was told that everything
seemingly looked very positive for my health, I was unfortunately diagnosed
with stage 4 cancer and told it was incurable, which was devastating news
for me. Needless to say, that was a total game changer and I went into kind
of a panic situation for a while! But when the dust had settled. I realised
there were two ways to approach the situation. I could sit down, accept the
facts, and feel pity for myself or I could pull myself up, set some goals,
pursue my dreams, and carry on living! And with fantastic back up from my
family and true friends, I went for the latter!” continues Atkins.
With the global pandemic shutting down touring for the foreseeable future,
Atkins knew a tour promoting the latest Pretty Maids album, “Undress Your
Madness” (2019) was not going to be in the cards anytime soon. Suddenly, the
timing for working on a new solo album seemed to have presented itself.
“Well, I couldn’t change the facts by any means. The whole world was on a
lockdown and the future prospects of concerts were very uncertain and still
is to this day! Basically, that meant that if I was gonna carry out the idea
of a solo album, it had to be now since I don’t necessarily have all the
time in the world. I had all these ideas recorded on my iPhone that I felt
were too good to never see the light of day and I was writing a lot at the
time to help ease my frustrations,” tells Atkins.
Ronnie’s next step was to connect with producer (and Pretty Maids bandmate)
Chris Laney to begin the work of putting these ideas together into songs.
Chris is overseeing production, Jacob Hansen will mix, and musicians
appearing on the album include, in addition to Laney, Allan Sørensen, Morten
Sandager, Pontus Egberg, Anders Ringman, Pontus Norgren, Kee Marcello,
Olliver Hartmann, John Berg, Linnea Vikström Egg, and Björn Strid.
“Not being able to handle the recordings myself since I’m old school and a
complete idiot when it comes to IT, Pro Tools, etc. I hooked up with my PM
friend and firesoul Chris Laney, who literally cheered me up and convinced
me to go ahead with it. So, I decided to get moving and literally recorded
my ideas on either piano or guitar and with a mellotron click to keep the
beat and the accompanying vocal. Then I would send these along to Chris, who
did the instrumentation in Stockholm and would then send back demos to me.
Then, I recorded the vocals first, which is totally the opposite of what
you’d normally do, but based on the uncertainty of my health situation, I
wanted to get them down. After that we did the basic tracks, drums, guitars,
keys, backing vocals, etc. Odd way of doing it, for me at least, but it
worked. And so, this procedure slowly moved on during the summer and finally
turned into an album of 12 new songs,” explains Atkins.
“I wouldn’t have been able to carry out this project without the enthusiasm
of Chris, who has been my constant partner in this project from day one. On
top of that, I had the pleasure of working with a variety of great
musicians/singers such as Pontus Norgren, Kee Marcello, Olliver Hartmann,
Pontus Egberg, Linnea Vickström Egg, Björn Strid, and at last, but not at
least, my PM relatives Allan Sørensen and Morten Sandager,” continues
“Musically and lyrically this album has been a different process for me,
considering everything going on. Musically, it could have gone in various
directions. It’s always a question of what you want it to be. A good song is
a good song, so it’s really a matter of how it is packaged. But I decided to
make it appeal to the fans, the supporters who’ve been following me for
almost 40 years, so this is basically a melodic rock album with a heavy
twist. Lyrically, it also has a different approach. I found it hard to write
about sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, etc. due to the situation I’m wrapped up
in, so I guess it turned out a bit more personal and maybe melancholic at
times. But it reflects my thoughts at the given time these lyrics were
written,” concludes Atkins.
While the creation of “One Shot” is bittersweet for a variety of reasons,
it’s nonetheless another thoroughly wonderful melodic hard rock offering
from one of the masters of the genre. Look for it in March 2021!
3. One Shot
5. Frequency Of Love
6. Before The Rise Of An Empire
7. Miles Away
8. Picture Yourself
9. I Prophesize
10. One By One
11. When Dreams Are Not Enough
Ronnie Atkins: Lead and backing vocals
Chris Laney: Rhythm guitars, keyboards and backing vocals
Allan Sørensen: Drums
Morten Sandager: Keyboards
Pontus Egberg: Bass
Acoustic guitars: Anders Ringman
Lead guitars/solos: Pontus Norgren, Kee Marcello, Olliver Hartmann, John
Berg, Chris Laney
Additional backing vocals: Chris Laney, Linnea Vikström Egg, Olliver
Hartmann, Bjørn Strid
Produced by: Chris Laney
Mixed by Jacob Hansen