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“Adesso” – in English “Now” – is the title of Grazia & Jay´s brand new album. “Now” because after more than 500 live shows all over Europe (on the Formula One circuit and at the Laureus Media Awards a.o.) it was high time to immortalise their idea, with which this dream team has inspired their international audiences for years, on a CD. The idea? As simple as it is resounding: Singing world hits of the 80s and 90s in Italian and embellishing them with an orchestral pop sound, which transforms these songs into a unique and never heard before musical cocktail. How it all happened: It certainly has to do with Munich’s ambience, “Italy’s most northern city”. No other place manages to combine tradition and modernity with such an abundance of charm, vitality and lightness of being than this city, which the Spiegel magazine named “Diva of the South”. In 2004 Jay (alias Peter Gielgen) met his personal diva in his hometown: Grazia Gioffré. First musically, when he asked the Italian born singer to join his band “Jay & Friends”, then privately, when he asked Grazia to become his “best friend” in 2008 by leading her to the altar. Now this “German-Italian friendship” has raised a personal monument to their favourite songs they grew up with, thereby contributing a further, border-crossing highlight to the current retro fad. Right from the start the album opener “Adesso” (in its 1984 original “I Wanna Know what Love is” by Foreigner) indicates the direction of this musical journey, opening up new soundscapes: into the realm of the senses and emotions. Further highlights of this debut album are new versions of famous duets like those by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes (“Up Where We Belong”), Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (“Islands in the Stream”), Jason Donovan & Kylie Minogue (“Especially for You”). Also Barbara Streisand´s “Woman in Love” and the Italian rendition of “Senza una Donna” (Zucchero & Paul Young) sparkle in their orchestral versions in new splendour. “Adesso” – grand music with grandiose sound. The perfect soundtrack for a romantic dinner. Hot like Penne all´arrabbiata and full-bodied like a glass of Barolo aged in barrique.

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