“Soulful singer-songwriter Simon Lunche’s ‘Cherry Wine’ is a sweet and sumptuous jazz tinged single…with guitar skills far beyond his age” – Jonathan Frahm, Pop Matters
BERKELEY, CA (July 20, 2020) Independent recording artist, Simon Lunche, announces the release of his inaugural album, Never Knew The Night, on September 25. Lunch presents a ripe coming of age album through an extraordinary romantic lens.
Loss of youth takes center stage throughout and feels like the last sweet flowers of spring falling away. Facing change is the most inherent human challenge and for that reason Never Knew The Night is an incredibly relatable piece of work. Focused around Lunche’s seductive vocals, and equally emotive guitar, sweeping symphonic like moments of elation give way to roaring yearning blues solos to take the emotions to the edge.
Facing many challenges along the way, Lunche penned and produced the entirety of the album himself while constructing a studio from the ground up. Along the way, he tracked down mixing engineer, Dave Reitzas (Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, The Weeknd) to collaborate on the project. Lunche says, “It was important to me to deliver a product true to what I heard in my head.” His steadfast work and focus is evident. The songwriting, playing, production, and overall humanity and care in these songs makes this music meant to be felt.
Rhythm section accompaniment can be heard from some of LA’s premier session musicians including Sean Hurley on bass (John Mayer, Idina Menzel) and Aaron Sterling on drums (Harry Styles, Maren Morris, John Mayer). Lunche also sought background vocal support from Brandon Winbush (Justin Bieber, Tori Kelly), Tiffany Palmer (John Mayer), and Brianna Lee (Elvis Costello) whose contributions can be heard across the LP providing lush accompaniment to Lunche’s smooth tone.
Never Knew the Night Track Listing
- Red Delicious
- Cherry Wine
- Valley Girl
- Give it up
- Learning To Love
- Kiss Me
- In My Arms
- All I Know
About Simon Lunche
Simon Lunche is a soul pop musician from Berkeley, California. His album was mixed by multi-Grammy award winner Dave Reitzas, features bass by Sean Hurley (John Mayer), and back-up vocalists Tiffany Palmer (John Mayer) and Brandon Winbush (Patti Labelle, Tori Kelly). Lunche was named youngest ever “Gibson Guitar Artist” at the age of 13, and “One to Watch” by LIVE 105/CBS SF 2016. He has shared the bill with Josiah Johnson and lead members of Head and The Heart. Lunche’s full album is due out September 25.
Praise For Simon Lunche
“Soulful singer-songwriter Simon Lunche’s ‘Cherry Wine’ is a sweet and sumptuous jazz tinged single…with guitar skills far beyond his age” -Jonathan Frahm, Pop Matters
“Voice baked between a rich stack of guitar, a neck nuzzle of intimacy, skin soft and flaky, flows down the eardrums replenishing the well of romance. He’s a dazling crooner, bringing his listeners to their knees, with a penchant for stinging guitars” – Jason Scott, B-Sides and Badlands
“Simon Lunche does something rare in modern pop music, though there is much more going on here than mere pop. The sound of a man bearing his soul, of being as open, honest and vulnerable as you can be, and all in the name of love. It just doesn’t happen these days. Of all the lyrical sentiment and lovelorn rhetoric that pop is traditionally built on, I can’t remember the last time I heard a record in that genre that felt anything other than a calculated bid to win the listeners pop dollar rather than pull on their heartstrings. Simon Lunche is here to re-write that wrong. Anyone who can capture such emotion and heart-on-(record) sleeve romance in such straight forward musical lines is going to be an artist you’ll want to keep an eye on. Dripping with all the qualities that made Jeff Buckley’s music so memorable” – Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture