Thierry Condor’s origins are Italo-German, yet he grew up in Switzerland. He owes his love of music to his father, who played guitar, and to his son, who encouraged his musical development. Already for years the singer has been active in the Swiss studio and music-scene, and through his TV appearances in the 90’s is well known to a wide audience.
For his newest solo album he has allowed himself time and on it he offers a combination of a youthful voice, coupled with technical maturity and personal coolness, which lends itself to an appealing newness. The artist is married and father of three children and lives with his family in Switzerland.
In his album, “Stuff Like That,” Thierry Condor interprets classic songs of the typical US west coast pop sound of the 80’s. This style of music, which reminds one of convertible joyrides on the coastal highways of California, and which stands for a lifestyle of a whole generation, fits Thierry Condor and his unmistakable voice perfectly.
The album contains, ”Blue Looks Good On You”, an unreleased song by Tom Snow (and Eric Lynn), who among others wrote for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Tina Turner. The several times nominated Grammy and Oscar songwriter, Tom Snow, says, “Thierry brings a soulful voice and an experienced heart to “Blue Looks Good On You”, and did I mention it? – a big smile to this songwriter’s face. Great singing Thierry!”
Also included on the album:“Memories”, originally interpreted by ”The Temptations”, written by David Batteau/Donald J. Freeman, is a funky, swingy song with a super retro-dance groove. The idyllic L.A. ballad “If I Could Hold On To Love” was originally sung by Kenny Rogers and written by Toto guitarist, Steve Lukather, as well as Randy Goodrum, Hollywood’s absolute “secret weapon” in song-writing. The nostalgic voice and piano song “We Will Dance” by Steven Curtis Chapman, interpreted by Thierry Condor and accompanied by Russell Ferrante, is performed with feeling without sounding corny. “Is It You” is a west coast classic of the first degree. Written and originally performed by Lee Ritenour and the session singer, Eric Tagg. Bill Champlin, the former lead singer of the group, Chicago, also played a part in its writing.
Guests, who appear on the album, are singer Myra Audrey, G-SAX, guitarist Dominik Rüegg as well as Bernhard Schoch and Dave Feusi (horns). Also taking part are several well-known Californian studio-pros, such as the session drummer John JR Robinson, the pianist/keyboarder Russell Ferrante and the guitarists Chris Camozzi, former leader of the Michael Bolton Live Band, and Jay Graydon. The last of which has worked with capacities like Al Jarreau and for Earth, Wind and Fire, for which the hit, “After The Love Has Gone”, was written.
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