Jason Scheff releases Here I Am.
“Getting back in the studio to create new music along with singing a few beloved songs was very therapeutic for me and we had a blast, and to make music with my buddy Jay DeMarcus and all the incredibly talented people he assembled, was the best part of this journey. I am excited for all the fans to hear this music.” – Jason Scheff
Here I Am, is Scheff’s second solo release. The project is produced by Jay DeMarcus, member of country music supergroup, Rascal Flatts and also features background vocals by Bill Champlin who was with Chicago for over 25 years. The 10-song project features new material as well as songs made popular by Scheff and Chicago, including Will You Still Love Me, Here I Am, Look Away, and What Kind of Man Would I Be?.
The recording and current tour marks Scheff’s return to music and the stage after experiencing some family trials including the death of his stepson, Clark James Gable – the grandson of film icon, Clark Gable.
One may wonder how one of the greatest voices in rock and roll and a member of a country supergroup met and formed a friendship that leads to making music together. DeMarcus comments:
“I met Jason in the summer of 2002 after Rascal Flatts played the Washington State Fair. Chicago was scheduled to perform the night after us, so I left our Melt CD for Jason along with a letter explaining what an influence the band – and in particular he – had been on me. Within the next few days, he called me, and we’ve been close ever since.”
Scheff joined the multi-platinum band Chicago in 1985 replacing Peter Cetera. His lead vocals debuted on 1986 single 25 or 6 to 4, a remake of the band’s 1970 hit song. Recently, he joined an all-star lineup including Todd Rundgren , Christopher Cross, Micky Dolenz and Joey Molland of Badfinger to perform The Beatles White Album for a limited tour.