Source : Sunderland Echo

SUNDERLAND superstar Dave Stewart is gearing up to release his new album.

The singer/songwriter, who was raised in Ettrick Grove, Barnes, went on to become a household name alongside Annie Lennox with band The Eurythmics.

The latest jewel in the crown of his 30-year career is album The Blackbird Diaries, which is to be released on June 27.

Completed in Nashville, the album was produced by Dave and Mike Bradford and was recorded and mixed by John McBride at his famed Blackbird Studio.

The Blackbird Diaries is to feature all new material, including a co-write with Bob Dylan as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and features The Secret Sisters.

“This was my favourite time ever in the studio. I wrote most of the songs on the spot and recorded all of them in one incredible session lasting five days and nights,” explains Dave.

“I made an unusual film of the process that not only features all the musicians and performers but also gives away some of my writing secrets, which involves a well known fortune teller and hypnotist who allowed themselves to be filmed in session with me.”

The Blackbird Diaries showcases a very different type of songwriting for Stewart with more story-driven autobiographical lyrics, which is a departure from the pop/rock sounds which have made him one of the most successful and revered songwriters/collaborators of all time.

From his humble roots as a Bede Grammar School boy, Dave is now recognised as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the entertainment industry today.

His career spans more than 30 years and more than 100million album sales, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award with Eurythmics partner Annie