Phil Vassar releases new single
Monday, May 21, 2007
– Phil Vassar's first single for his new record label is "This is My Life."
has got himself a new label deal, a new co-producer, and a new album.
"Gas prices are out of control, our schools aren't safe and there are no
in-betweens any more," Vassar said. "It's really getting worse every day,
and there are a lot of people out there that feel the way I do."
Signed to Universal Records South after spending his entire career on Arista, Vassar headed directly into the studio with a new co-producer, label head Mark Wright (Brooks & Dunn, Gretchen Wilson).
Kicked off with his signature piano and a flurry of strings, "This
is My Life," which Vassar co-wrote with Tom Douglas ("Little Rock," "Love is
the Only House"), laments the current plight of the middle class and hits hard with an unrelenting message of unity and determination.
"It's time to speak my mind," Vassar shouts in "This is My Life."
"'This is My Life' is really a song about all of our lives and what's going
on this country," Vassar said. "Sometimes you feel you've just had enough
and something's got to change."
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