As for the album, tracking started in LA in August '16 with seven times Grammy winner, Jim Scott as engineer and producer. Scott's catalogue of hit albums and awards include the Rolling Stones, Tedeschi Trucks, Sting, the Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Matchbox 20 and Crowded House. After initially making contact via his management Scott personally reached out to the band to confirm his interest and book the session. Bassist and co-songwriter Steve Portolesi rates this 6-day session in Scott's studio PLYRZ, in Valencia north of Hollywood, as the musical highlight of his career. "Jim is one of the most down to earth guys we've met, and considering his massive list of successful recordings I have to say it was totally refreshing. He knew how to create the perfect environment to get the best out of you both in performance and creativity...but still having time to eat, hang and chat...", Portolesi says. So after a brief 9-day trip across the pacific the album was tracked and it was back to Adelaide to finish editing.
To mix the album KINGS & ASSOCIATES secured the services of Nashville based Vance Powell, another industry legend and multi Grammy winner. Powell's credits include Grammys with the Dixie Chicks and Jack White and he'd just finished producing the breakthrough album for Chris Stapleton. So it was back to the States again to mix the album in Music City… this time the band used the trip to perform live including shows at the legendary Bourbon St Blues Club in Printers Lane Nashville, and a quick fire semi-final appearance at the IBC in Memphis representing ARBA….between tracking in LA and mixing in Nashville the guys had travelled over 34,000 miles in eight months to finish their album.
"Unlike Red Dress where we felt we were finding our feet stylistically, Tales is a lot closer to our hearts" says lyricist and vocalist Angie Portolesi. "This album was written for most from real life experiences…friends dying, relationships breaking up, overcoming personal tragedy, significant life changes, these are all the stories of our lives. These songs represent who we are today in so many respects, they speak back to us like kids, and we can say we're proud of them".
Producing and performing music is not the sole focus or motivation for Kings & Associates. In conjunction with their new album the band continues their relationship with global NGO World Vision. This partnership was birthed from the 2016 Red Dress album which was produced as part of World Vision's #nochildforsale campaign to help raise awareness of childhood sex slavery, specifically in Brazil. Kings and Associates have developed a close relationship with World Vision as a partner artist, the issue of sex slavery remains a driving passion for the band and a huge influence on their artistic direction. "We're not about bashing people on the head with a social message or pointing the finger" comments Angie. "Our time in Memphis and specifically our visit to the site of the shooting of Martin Luther King reaffirmed in us how slavery has been with us for generations and the impact it's had on humanity is something we need to continue to address. It's not about saying "there are the bad guys over there", but for us it's about saying what in my life allows the repressed of this world to remain enslaved".
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Tales Of A Rich Girl will be available on cd on the night or online via the band's website kingsandassociatesmusic.com.
**The album won't be available on media outlets until the international release on October 6th when it can be purchased from iTunes, Amazon and most other outlets.
**Hard copies of the album will be available for purchase on the night of Aug. 26 at the Gov.