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Fordham Wilkes Releases CD
People in the Sun
Pop Songs inspired by Georgia O’Keefe & Edward Hopper

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2008

Fordham Wilkes, the duo of vocalist Ginny Fordham and former Blue Man Group drummer/percussionist Steve Wilkes, announce the release of People in the Sun - a new CD that explores the intersection of music and painting within the context of contemporary pop songs.

Inspired by the lives of Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, the CD features new songs that are reflections on famous works by Hopper and O’Keeffe. These songs include the title track (based on Hopper’s late life masterpiece) and “Ladder to the Moon” from O’Keeffe’s painting of the same name. Influenced specifically by O’Keeffe are the songs, “Canyon Suite” and “Flowers and Skyscrapers,” which look at her seminal periods in the American southwest and New York City, respectively.

Other music included on this CD is a cycle of songs about the passing of a year: the earth’s cycle around the sun. These include, “Happy New Year,” “Memorial Day,” “Almost April,” “Safe Home,” and the traditional folk song “Barbara Allen.”

People in the Sun continues Fordham Wilkes’ collaboration with Crit Harmon, winner of best local producer 2007 Boston Music Awards.

People in the Sun will be available on CD Baby and on the release date of April 22, 2008.

The duo will celebrate the release of People in the Sun on Sunday April 20, 2008 at Cafe 939. Berklee College of Music’s new all-ages venue located at 939 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Doors at 4:30 p.m./Show at 5:00 p.m.

Ginny Fordham

Steve Wilkes began playing drums in the sixth grade when his teacher made him stop playing “Wipe Out” on his school desk. His drumming pursuits have taken him across the globe, performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the National Cathedral (Wash. D.C.), Petronas Towers Concert Hall (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Suntory Hall (Tokyo, Japan), the Astor Place Theater (NY, NY), and the Charles Playhouse (Boston, MA) with artists as diverse as the Empire Brass and Blue Man Group. He is a Professor in the percussion department at Berklee College of Music.

Since graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in vocal performance, Ginny has been working as a freelance musician in the Boston area. A versatile musician, she’s sung lead and back-up vocals for numerous acts, recorded jingles for brand name products and corporations and provided voice over recordings for radio, television and corporate phone systems. She is currently employed by Berklee and has taken advantage of this creative atmosphere to create with Steve Wilkes this second CD from Fordham Wilkes.

Press photo credits - Phill Farnsworth © 2008 FordhamWilkes