Following the recent announcement of Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall releasing his first-ever solo album, Todd is unveiling the first piece of music from “Sonic Healing” in the form of the debut single “Overdrive.” The song is a fast-paced rocker that showcases the creativity that happened when Todd partnered with Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. The video – filmed in Los Angeles – showcases the performance that Todd has been working on for years and unveiled to the world on 18th season of NBC’s hit television show The Voice.
“When Kurdt first played the music for me, the undeniable, driving energy made me think of flying down the highway in a fast car. With that imagery in my head, the lyrics and melodies started pouring out and ‘Overdrive’ was born. That same visual was what we wanted to showcase in the video too,” explains Todd Michael Hall.
The results of those sessions are the foundation for the album that will be released on May 7th via Rat Pak Records. Vanderhoof also produced the album that is now available for pre-order here.
“Music has a healing effect to get you up and running,” he explains. “People use it to console themselves on a daily basis. It’s such a weird time right now. So, ‘Sonic Healing’ is meant to be good positive rock. We definitely paid homage to our favorite bands, but we added a new twist. There’s a hunger for this music, and there aren’t many artists trying to scratch the itch. We’re here to scratch the itch and bring the energy.”
From the infectious guitar riffs of the opening track “Overdrive”, to the anthemic album finale of ”Long Lost Rock & Rollers,” Todd showcases his vocal range and passion for rock music. Songs like “Let Loose Tonight,” “Running After You” and “Like No Other” are testaments to the magic that was created when Todd and Kurdt began to focus on their deep love of classic rock icons like Boston, Rush, Styx, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon. Todd’s multi-octave voice and Kurdt’s riff writing capabilities create memorable songs that are reminiscent of the artists that inspired them to pursue a career in music. With thought provoking lyrics and rock solid guitar riffs, ‘Sonic Healing‘ delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high-level players. An EPK showing Todd and Kurdt discussing their approach to ‘Sonic Healing’ can be seen below.
“Sonic Healing” Tracklist
2. Let Loose Tonight
3. All On The Line
4. Running After You
5. Love Rain Down
6. Sonic Healing
7. Like No Other
8. Somebody’s Fool
9. To The Bone
10. Long Lost Rock & Rollers
Of all the antidotes, therapies, and remedies, nothing cures quite like rock ‘n’ roll does. Todd Michael Hall projects this restorative power in his music. Whether fronting Riot V, appearing in front of millions on NBC’s The Voice, or recording as a solo artist, the Michigan-born singer and songwriter uplifts audiences with towering range and knockout delivery. He exudes this energy on his 2021 full-length debut for Rat Pak Records—the aptly titled “Sonic Healing.”