CLIVE BARRATT is an independent artist originally from Blackburn, Lancashire, England, now living in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Recording for WALL of STORMS commenced in 2012; however, a series of misfortunes in the lives of members of Clive's family, the producer's family and the untimely death of the drummer, soon after recording began, resulted in a string of production delays.
WALL of STORMS Clive's new, 12 track debut album, is available on iTunes, CD Baby and most online stores.
Most tracks were recorded at MARPOLE RECORDING STUDIO in Langley, British Columbia, by producer Rob Begg. Some drums were recorded at The Bathouse Recording Studio in Bath, Ontario by audio engineer Nyles Spencer and at the GBDrums Studio in Kingston, Ontario by drummer Gary Barratt.
Clive wrote the lyrics and music for all songs on the album. On various songs, he sings both lead and background vocals, plays 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, lead guitar, slide guitar and bass guitar, mandolin, piano, keyboards, harmonica, and percussion.
Musicians joining Clive on WALL OF STORMS include Rob Begg on lead, rhythm and bass guitars, keyboards and back-up vocals, Bill Patterson on bass guitar & keyboards, Gary Barratt and Ron E. Wells on drums, and the late Rogé Belanger on both drums and back-up vocals. Female back-up vocalists include Lisa Adrianne, Andrea Petersen and Michelle Szulc. Michelle is also the singer of the national anthems at televised NHL hockey games.
The late Rogé Belanger plays drums and sings background vocals on "Tonight You're Going Out". Rogé spent 15 years touring with Canadian rock icon Randy Bachman, as Bachman's drummer and back-up vocalist. Rogé's distinctive harmonies will also be heard on Clive's punchy song "Dance The Night Away". Unfortunately, Rogé lost his life to cancer on 27 September 2012. These two songs are his final studio recorded works.
Gary Barratt, a.k.a. Doctor Drums, of Dr. Drums and the Ragtime Kid, is originally from Blackburn, Lancashire, England, now living in Kingston, Ontario. Gary began drum lessons in 1972 with Dick Baldwin who was then the principal drummer with the Canadian Forces Vimy Band. In 1983 Gary spent a year studying percussion with Jim Petercsak - the award winning professor and head of percussion at the Crane School Of Music in Potsdam New York. Gary continues to be an active, performing musician, playing and teaching all styles. Gary has played and recorded with numerous bands in the UK, Europe, and Canada. Gary plays on five of the songs on this album. Four of Gary's drum tracks were recorded at The Bathouse Recording Studio by recording engineer Nyles Spencer. Drums for one song were recorded at the GB Drums Studio in Kingston, Ontario.
Ron E. Wells is a freelance performer and studio musician, playing drums and percussion of all styles, specializing in Rhythm and Blues, Blues, Funk and jazz. Ron's drumming is featured on 6 songs on Clive's Wall of Storms album. Ron lives in Aldergrove, British Columbia.
Bill Patterson is a freelance performance and studio bassist and keyboardist from Vancouver, BC. Several bass guitar tracks are played by Bill, many with a McCartney-esque style.
Lisa Adrianne Witt, with the voice of an angel, sings harmonies on "I Miss You". Lisa who lives in Yarrow, British Columbia, is also a singer-songwriter, vocal coach and a piano instructor.
Andrea Petersen is a Chilliwack, British Columbia based, pop-rock singer and front person with the band Hot Rod Gurl. Andrea sings back-up vocals on the dark and compelling song "Weirdos On The Loose"
Michelle Szulc of Vancouver, B.C, is also one of the frequent singers of National anthems at the start of numerous nationally televised sporting events such as NHL hockey games, Vancouver White Caps soccer games and more. Michelle sings the sexy and sultry female vocals on Clive's alternate version of "Dance The Night Away" (track# 11).
The album was partially funded by financial contributions of fans and supporters at SELLABAND, a music focused, crowd-funding company based in Berlin, Germany.
"My objective", Clive says, "is to make a CD of lyrically intriguing songs laced with diverse musical influences. I want these songs to be such that fans will still be singing to themselves or humming the melodies long after their stereos, MP3 players or radios have been turned off".
In September 2011, TONIGHT YOU'RE GOING OUT was voted Song of the Week on TALENTCAST, a European, weekly, radio show, featuring original music of artists from around the world. Visit www.talentcast.nl and select archived show 2011-09-10 and 2011-09-17 to hear the two shows featuring Tonight You're Going Out. His home-made demo versions of DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY and I'M WITHOUT YOU have also made Song of the Week on TalentCast.
Clive got his first guitar at the age of 12, had basic music training in high schools in the UK and Canada and wrote his first song at the age of 16. He writes songs in a variety of styles including rock, contemporary pop, folk-rock, blues-rock, country-rock, gospel and instrumental. Knowing that versatility is an invaluable trait, Clive performs solo, duet, trio or full band gigs on a casual basis, in between his regular work as an airline pilot.
Clive admits that being a pilot, he has his head in the clouds much of the time but believes the creative world of music is a good escape from the fatigue and challenges of his aviation career.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY:
"Clive's music just touched my ears in a pleasant way! I like it! Real songwriting skills here" - Resistor (Artist-Netherlands, www.myspace.com/resistor)
"There's something a little mysterious in your voice... love that" - Angie Arsenault (Artist - Canada) www.sellaband.com/angiearsenault
"It was "I'm Without You" that did the trick" - Peter Skirenko, (Fan - UK)
"These Are The Rules" -cool song! - Darren James (Artist) Perth. WA, Australia
"Great voice, great songs,,," - Donnie Stovall (Country Artist - Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA)
"Your music is pleasing to my ears, especially Tonight You're Going Out. Great work. Love Judy Shire xx - Judy Shire (Rock Artist - Northampton, UK)
"Wow, I can hear the Kinks in there, plus a bit of Supertramp...even shades of Floyd and Jethro Tull....most excellent!" - Comments referring to the song *Tonight You're Going Out* - Shaun C Bryant (Artist - UK)
"...just want you to know, your new song "Tonight You're Going Out" hits a chord with me...that's kind of been my life...except for the going out part! Probably will for a lot of women..." - Name withheld (Canada).
"Hey Clive, what a great story! The instrumentation is so perfect in describing the daily grind that so many of us experience, day in and day out. But then, the tempo picks up and the anticipation of going out on the town erases the struggle. Nice vibe; good job!" - Wolfman, (USA)
"I really enjoy your new song "Tonight you're Going Out" about being overworked. It's the story of our lives and my wife loves that song. You write great lyrics. Stan" - Staneth W. (Canada)
"I didn't realise Clive could sing that well. His voice isn't just good; it's excellent..." - Dennis H. (Canada)
"Basketball Shuffle is musically well arranged. Great easy listening music." - Judy Shire (Rock Artist - Northampton, UK)
"I listened to the songs on your profile and they're really good. Added you to my "I'm A Fan"-list" - Fabian Grabeau (Germany)
"Probably one of the best written songs I have heard from your catalog. The imagery is very vivid. Vocals are processed almost to a haunting image. "I'm Without You" is definitly hit bound. Great job Clive!" - Pat K. Bateman - (BC, Canada)
"Clive!!! I'm so happy to know that you finally decided to share your beautiful music with the world!!! You have a great talent and an immense love for music that will get you very far." - Gisel de Marco (Artist-Argentina)
"Nice songs, really love the vibe of "I'm Without You". Cool song!" - Radius (Artist-Netherlands)
"You are an impressive lyricst." - Ray Baisden (USA)
"I’ve heard from different people outside the band, say how they really like the versatility and listenability of your vocals. I’ll second that. Dan Woyke, (Singer/Songwriter, Drummer, Guitarist, Keyboards & Audio Engineer) 2 Sep 2009
"Dance The Night Away" is a very infectious song! WOW! Congrats! I can just see all those people dancing away to you whilste you are on a gig.I am still singing it in my head" - Lori Greco (Artist - Australia)
"I listened to your tracks and while they are not really my thing I think they are strong and well-performed." - Richard M. (UK)
"You have a great songs and a good sound , I like it." - Isabelle (France)
"Interesting, unique, unexpected..."-Wildcat Artist (Germany) www.sellaband.com/wildcat)
"Just had a listen and absolutely loved Dance the Night Away". - Lawrence Thomas (Writer - Canada) www.sellaband.com/strorytime
"I am amazed, but not surprised! Dance the night away is a hit in the truest sense of the word. From an ex-radio perspective, and an old friend...keep pursuing your dreams 'til they are reality!!" - Kim Bloom Andres (Former Producer CHAB Radio-Canada)
"Wow, I can hear the Kinks in there, plus a bit of Supertramp...even shades of Floyd and Jethro Tull....most excellent!" (Comments referring to the song TONIGHT, YOU'RE GOING OUT) - Shaun C Bryant (Artist - UK)
"Really enjoyed hearing your work; well crafted and well performed." - Kerry Leigh (Artist, Sacramento, California)
"I love your unique and amazing sound! Vocals have a bit of a Tom Petty sound to them." Whiz Kid from the 228, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA