After months waiting for it, we’re delighted to announce the release of Indie Hall of Fame inductee, songwriter-composer [Kitt Wakeley](https://www.instagram.com/kitt_wakeley/?hl=en)’s long awaited orchestral rock collection, _Symphony of Sinners and Saints._ The album was recorded with the London Philharmonic and London Voices at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
Every composition revolves around the concept of ‘fire and ice’ with the intention of creating a listening experience that would take the audience through dark and euphoric feelings, sinister and positive vibes encompassed within each composition. Kitt says he knew he was finished with writing a song when he could listen and hear all those elements. The powerful dichotomy present throughout the different compositions is what gives the full project a transcending quality, from life’s duality to a godly oneness.
Home to 10 compositions and featuring artists such as Joe Satriani, Paige Harwell, Brent Berry and Ryan Miller, this record is a true artistic act, deeply moving and equally inspirational, thanks to Wakeley’s vision of sound, truth seeking and illusion-breaking approach. Each and every detail of Symphony _of Sinners and Saints_ reflects its creator’s spirit and energy.
The resounding success of his previous album [_Midnight In Macedonia_](https://open.spotify.com/album/6GzckhLA4bAe0Bd2PnjCRb?si=SJ3G-lLiQ7WDT8vJFmh_zw) (featuring the participation of 5 different Grammy winners) and the amazing shows it fostered, came to a sudden halt with the pandemic forcing the cancellation of all his shows. Like millions of artists around the world, Kitt had some unplanned time. He used it wisely to envision a new project that’d surpass anything he’d done so far, by bringing the world’s best musicians at Abbey Road Studios to record what he felt was the best writing he had ever done.
Reflecting on the recording process of _Symphony of Sinners and Saints,_ Kitt Wakeley explains:
“I knew we were onto something special when I ‘d see the orchestral players, conductor and Abbey Road staff get excited during the recording sessions. Subsequently, knowing that talents such as Joe Satriani and Andy Timmons were willing to play on the project gave me additional affirmation that the project had great credibility. However, I never dreamed that the end product would be so jaw dropping. When mixing the songs with my producer, I was floored at how it was coming together. Watching people come through the studio and seeing their reactions was affirmation of my own conclusions. They would ask to sit, listen and watch us mix the project for hours.”
From anthemic progression to full-scale orchestral symphonies, solemn vocals, out-of-this-world guitar solos by Joe Satriani, whose magic can be heard on “Conflicted” and “Forgive Me,” _Symphony of Sinners and Saints_ is an ethereal sonic experience showcasing Kitt Wakeley as a master of contrasts. He’s the first one who experimented with meshing rock music and massive orchestras.
He recalls, “It was interesting to see the yin and yang of two genres colliding. More interesting was performing live. The prim and proper orchestral players interacting with the rock musicians was a sociological case study. Everyone got along great and had an appreciation for what the others did. That’s where I initially came up with the concept of _Sinners and Saints._ Eventually, it made sense to create the vernacular _Symphony of Sinners and Saints_.”
Altogether, _Symphony of Sinners and Saints_ is a masterwork by a genius artist who’s secured his legacy by engraving special moments for eternity.