Filmmaker/composer David Minasian joins legendary producer Alan Parsons on his latest single
Legendary Grammy Award winner Alan Parsons co-wrote a song with filmmaker and artist David Minasian titled “I Won’t Be Led Astray.”
SANTA BARBARA, California, USA, June 23, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — For his new single, legendary Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, musician and engineer Alan Parsons co-wrote a song with filmmaker and artist recording by David Minasian entitled “I will not be misled.” The track, due out this week, is the second single from Parsons’ upcoming studio album “From the New World.” A previous single titled “Uroboros” was released in late May and featured Styx’s Tommy Shaw as guest vocalist. This latest release features a pair of powerhouse guests that include Parsons alumni David Pack, formerly of Ambrosia, on lead vocals and blues legend Joe Bonamassa on lead guitar.
Parsons of course started his career as an engineer alongside the Beatles and Paul McCartney before moving on to Pink Floyd. His innovative engineering style on their classic album “The Dark Side of the Moon” earned him his first of 13 Grammy nominations. Soon after, Parsons would form the multi-platinum Alan Parsons Project with partner Eric Woolfson while continuing to produce albums for bands such as Ambrosia and Al Stewart.
Minasian had worked with Parsons for a few years on a number of high profile projects with his producing partner Trinity Houston. In 2019, they traveled Europe and Israel to film The Alan Parsons Live Project in concert. Taking advantage of the 2020 global shutdown, time was mostly spent on post-production; mixing and editing the performances which ultimately resulted in the releases “The NeverEnding Show: Live In The Netherlands” in late 2021 and “One Note Symphony: Live in Tel Aviv” with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in early 2022. Both were produced and directed by the Houston/Minasian team and released on Blu-ray and DVD by Frontiers Records. The duo also produced the epic music video for the Parsons’ song “The NeverEnding Show” with guest vocalist Jordan Asher Huffman.
While recording Parsons’ latest studio album “From The New World”, Minasian suggested an unfinished track he had been working on with Elton keyboardist John Kim Bullard for possible inclusion on the record. Parsons liked what he heard and immediately got involved in the writing process. As Minasian recalls, “I had met Kim Bullard backstage at an Elton John concert in Las Vegas during Elton’s last residency at Caesar’s Palace and before the start of his farewell tour. Later, Kim and I started sketching “I will not be misled” and finally thought it might suit Alan.
Although he spent most of his career working in the film industry alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Mel Gibson, the late Martin Landau and Kris Kristofferson, Minasian is no stranger to the recording process. With a classical piano background dating back to the age of five, Minasian released seminal symphonic rock album “Random Acts of Beauty” in 2010, which featured a guest appearance from the band’s British guitar icon Andrew Latimer. Camel. Minasian had previously produced and directed nine DVD releases for Camel Productions, including numerous concerts and documentaries.
“I Won’t Be Led Astray” isn’t the first time Minasian has co-written a song with a music legend. In 2016, Minasian teamed up with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues on the moving track “The Wind of Heaven.” Released by Universal Music on Hayward’s “All The Way” CD, the “Voice of The Moody Blues” admitted in numerous interviews at the time that the song was one of their best, despite a rare collaboration with d others when it comes to songwriting. Minasian previously produced and directed a number of concert DVDs and documentaries for Hayward, including the PBS TV special “Spirits Live”, while the Minasian/Houston team produced and directed the beautifully crafted music video for “The Wind of Heaven”.
An extended version of The Wind of Heaven featuring Hayward appeared on Minasian’s 2020 Golden Robot Records release “The Sound of Dreams”, which also included collaborations with Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Renaissance singer Annie Haslam, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood and Alan Parsons Live Project vocalist PJ Olsson. This was followed by Golden Robot Records’ release of “Random Dreams: The Very Best of David Minasian” on vinyl in the fall of 2021.
Minasian and Houston were on location a few weeks ago in Santa Barbara, Calif., to capture Pack and Parsons’ reunion for the “I Won’t Be Led Astray” music video. Parsons had mixed Ambrosia’s debut album in the mid-’70s and produced their second, both of which earned Grammy nominations. Trinity Houston had recently directed Joe Bonamassa’s music video for his song “Mind’s Eye” and had arranged for Joe to interview Alan at the Musician’s Hall of Fame in Nashville. It was during this live interview that Alan surprised Joe by asking him to appear on his new album. Bonamassa, who had 24 consecutive No. 1 albums on Billboard’s blues charts, readily agreed without hesitation.
So here are the results: A monumental collaboration between Parsons, Minasian, Bullard, Pack, Bonamassa, band members Alan Parsons and Sofia Olsson, PJ’s daughter, who makes her acting debut in the Houston/Minasian directed music video “I Won don’t be misled.” Watch for Alan Parsons’ new album “From the New World” on Frontiers Records, out July 15, 2022.
“I will not be misled”