Holly Johnson, best known as the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, will release a brand new solo album titled Europa. The album, his fourth overall release and first in 15 years, will be released on September 29th.
According to the press release, Europa, which will be spearheaded by the single “Follow Your Heart,” will be released in various formats. The record will feature contributions from Greek composer Vangelis, long-time collaborator Mark Ralph, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, Vini Reilly of Durutti Column, Eric Kupper and the late Frankie Knuckles. The digital single for “Follow Your Heart,” which boasts one of the final remixes by Frankie Knuckles, will be released on July 27th, but a very special limited-edition colored vinyl will be released the week before.
Johnson describes Europa as “a kind of retrospective of me as a songwriter. It’s the product of a life in pop music. And one thing you learn is that, every time you make a record, it might be the last one. So you’d better make it good, you’d better make it positive, and you’d better enjoy it.”
Holly Johnson released his last studio album, Soulstream, in 1999. The record contained an updated version of his hit song with Frankie Goes to Hollywood, “The Power of Love”, which hit the UK charts at No. 56, as well as a re-working of his 1994 single “Legendary Children (All of Them Queer)”. You can stream the radio edit of his new single, “Follow Your Heart”, below.
(Via Joe My God)