Earth, Wind & Fire’s First Album in 8 Years, ‘Now, Then & Forever,’ Coming in September

Earth, Wind & Fire Now, Then & Forever Album Cover

Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Now, Then & Forever’ Album Cover

When I saw this news , I turned on Earth, Wind & Fire ‘s 1978 hit September ,” shimmy’d like my mom, and did a terrible Maurice White impression!

The legendary R&B/funk band, which has been at it for over 40 years selling 90 million albums worldwide, will release its 20th studio album on September 10, 2013 via Legacy Recordings.

Originally intended to debut around the 2012 Presidential Election, Now, Then & Forever is the group’s first album in eight years.

“We have a lot more bells and whistles in place now and the record is better,” singer Philip Bailey said in a recent interview, where he revealed that the band called co-founding member Larry Dunn and others to help produce its latest sound.

“I said, ‘Let’s go back to the drawing board,’” he said. “It’s a great representation of who Earth, Wind and Fire is now, but not departing from the classic sound.”

“It doesn’t sound like we’re trying to be anyone other than Earth, Wind and Fire,” added bassist Verdine White .

On Monday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released an energetic new single, “My Promise,” co-written by Academy Award nominee and Grammy winner Siedah Garrett . Listen below.

Now, Then & Forever follows 2005′s Illumination , which debuted at #32 on the Billboard 200 chart.

It featured collaborations with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kenny G, Kelly Rowland,, and Brian McKnight .

Fans who pre-order the new album will have their names put in the album packaging. See the album’s tracklisting below.

Track List

  1. Sign On
  2. Love Is Law
  3. My Promise
  4. Guiding Lights
  5. Got To Be Love
  6. Belo Horizonte
  7. Dance Floor
  8. Splashes
  9. Night Of My Life
  10. The Rush

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