Love Me Madly, Gina Sicilia's new Cody Dickinson-produced album, is out now!
Nashville’s GINA SICILIA
has released her ninth album, LOVE ME MADLY
, today on Blue Élan Records. The album was produced by Cody Dickinson
of the North Mississippi Allstars
, with NMA’s Luther Dickinson
guesting on guitar for several tracks. Available on all digital platforms now: http://lnk.blueelanrecords.com/ginasicilialovememadly
On LOVE ME MADLY
, SICILIA slides smoothly into a wide range of soul music, from pop-inflected, hooky tunes to horn-drenched heart-stoppers showcasing her ability to climb inside a song and inhabit it, so that the lyrics and music flow effortlessly from her body, heart, and soul.
As Cody Dickinson says, “Our visions matched wonderfully. Philly soul meets Memphis soul with some country blues for good measure. While writing, the pop music was unexpected and totally organic. We went where the music led us.”
LOVE ME MADLY
features all the elements of soul-shaking, heart-rending, body-moving music. Every song elevates its listeners outside of themselves while reaching deep into their emotional core. First single, “Misery with You” floats along a solid river of Luther Dickinson’s slide guitar and reaches sonic heights with SICILIA’s rich vocals.
Other notable guests on the album include: Rev. Charles Hodges
(Al Green, Boz Scaggs, Tom Jones among others) who played organ on the album, the horns, strings and trumpet were arranged by Marc Franklin
(Aretha Franklin, BB King, Solomon Burke, Cyndi Lauper, the Gregg Allman Band among others). The album was tracked at Royal Studios in Memphis, owned by the legendary Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, who has worked with Al Green, Soloman Burke, Lamont Dozier, Rod Stewart
, among many other greats.
Since nabbing a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist, SICILIA has enjoyed great chart and radio success in the genre. Her last album, Heard the Lie
, debuted at #10 on the Billboard Blues chart while Tug Of War
reached #3 on the Contemporary Blues Album chart. Tug Of War
was also the #1 roots album in Tennessee. "Abandoned" reached #2 on the Contemporary Blues Song chart, "He Called Me Baby" reached #1 on the Soul Blues Radio chart, and “I Don’t Want To Be In Love” reached #3 on the Contemporary Blues Radio
chart. SICILIA has opened for Joe Bonamassa
, Kenny Wayne Shepherd
, Joan Osborne
and Beth Hart
, along with other distinguished blues contemporaries.
Praise for Gina and Love Me Madly
“Gina is an incredible singer and a phenomenal songwriter. It’s very simple, she is a force of nature.” – Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars)
“…the Philadelphia singer-songwriter ranks among the most striking female blues voices of recent years.” – The Boston Globe
“The collaboration [with Cody Dickinson] adds some extra potency to the work of Sicilia…”
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
“When she rears back and sings, this woman can shake the earth’s axis.” - American Songwriter
“Dickinson and Sicilia are perfect collaborators who seem to understand each other... It’s got a live sound that makes you feel like you’re in the room with a band, when really it’s the mad genius Dickinson doing it all himself on guitar, bass, and drums.” - American Blues Scene
“It was clear from those early days that Sicilia had immense vocal chops, but she continues to grow in nuance, phrasing, and attitude, earning the respect of high profile producers such as Cody Dickinson...Sicilia sounds like a career-long soul singer...a mix of power and sultry intonations.” - Glide Magazine