311 vocalist Nick Hexum has announced an October 1st release for My Shadow Pages, his first-ever solo album. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty, Jason Mraz), the project—billed as The Nick Hexum Quintet—is a departure from Hexum’s work with the multi-platinum-selling 311, blending elements of funk, pop, jazz and classic rock to thrilling effect.
Hexum and Yahoo! are giving fans a sneak preview of the album with the track “Blame the Sky,” which can be heard at this location >
“311 is, and always will be my main priority,” says Hexum. “We just launched our annual summer tour and we’ll have a new 311 album coming in 2014. But this Nick Hexum Quintet album is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s a passion project that allows me to spread my wings as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. I’m really excited for people to hear it.”
My Shadow Pages sees Hexum joined by an amazing lineup of musicians, including drummer Gary Novak (Alanis Morissette, George Benson, Chick Corea), Andrés Rebellón (a Colombian native Hexum discovered at a Musicians Institute audition), keyboardist Luke Miller (Phunkelotopus, New Soul Underground) and Nick’s guitar/sax/keyboard-playing brother, Zack Hexum (who has toured with Fitz & the Tantrums, performed with Michael Buble and composes music for film & television).
My Shadow Pages will be released on Hexum’s own label, What Have You Records via a partnership with INgrooves/Fontana. 311 diehards will recognize the name as the label through which the band self-released its first three albums (Dammit!, Unity, Hydroponic) before signing with Capricorn in 1992.
In addition to his work with 311, Hexum has produced, recorded or mixed tracks for Seal, Jason Mraz, Lenny Kravitz, No Doubt and Pepper. He also produced the Gold-selling soundtrack for the film 50 First Dates.
This year marks 311’s 23rd anniversary as a band. Over the course of their amazing career, Hexum and the band have sold close to 10 million albums in the U.S. alone. Their last album, 2011’s Universal Pulse, entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 7, making it the band’s 8th straight top 10 debut. They’ve written and recorded 9 top 10 radio hits, including three No. 1’s. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Love Song,” “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Hey You” and “Sunset In July.” For 11 consecutive years, the band has headlined amphitheaters across the U.S. with their summer “Unity Tour.” They also host an annual Caribbean Cruise – a four-night trip from Miami to a private island in the Bahamas with 3,000 of their biggest fans from around the world.