SUNDERLAND superstar Dave Stewart this week releases his latest pop offering.
The former Wearside school boy, who studied at Bede Grammar, on Durham Road, has gone on to become a global success story with a career spanning 30 years and more than 100million album sales.
Now the artist, producer, director and Eurythmics co-founder has launched his latest assault on the charts, The Blackbird Diaries.
Recorded in Nashville, in the United States, the album features 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.
Dave, who was raised in Ettrick Grove, High Barnes, said: “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.
“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 both a well known fortune teller and hypnotist who allowed themselves to be filmed in session with me.”
The Blackbird Diaries is said to showcase 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 such a successful and revered songwriter and collaborator.
Dave shot to fame through his musical partnership with Annie Lennox in The Eurythmics, a pairing which has earned them a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Brits.
The pair delivered a number of pop hits including Here Comes The Rain Again, Would I Lie To You, Missionary Man and Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).
Since then, Dave has crafted songs and collaborated with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bono, Tom Petty and Gwen Stefani.
He has also worked with songwriter/producer Glen Ballard recently to write a musical adaptation of the 1990 Jerry Zucker film Ghost, which opens in London’s West End this summer.