Posted November 2020
Jeff Scott Soto is no stranger to rock and roll fans. But for those of you who many not have heard of him, here’s a quick rundown of his career, to date:
*Vocalist on the first two albums by guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen
*Founding member/vocalist for Talisman
*Replaced Steve Augeri in Journey in 2006 – 2007
*Formed the super group, W.E.T., from members of Work Of Art, Eclipse, and Talisman (thus, ‘W.E.T.’) and have begun work on an album together
*Is also part of the super group, Sons of Apollo, that also consists of Derek Sherinian (keys), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Billy Sheehan on bass, and Mike Portnoy on drums
*Soto has also be a singer with the legendary Trans Siberian Orchestra is 2008
Jeff has a phenomenal new solo out entitled, “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) which afforded Boomerocity the opportunity to finally chat with this rock and roll veteran.
“Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” is Soto’s 7th official solo album. With more than 85 albums under his belt along with numerous collaborations and recordings, Jeff has established himself as a consummate professional who manages to expertly deliver with his vocal performances across multiple musical genres, from Metal to Hard Rock to Progressive Rock and even Funk.
For “Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)”, Soto has incorporated many of his past influences and blends melodic rock/AOR with hard rock influences throughout. The album was recorded and written together with Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Jorn, Revolution Saints, etc).
“Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)” is the best of all the combined worlds of Soto’s previous solo albums and will delight his loyal melodic rock following. The new album also includes a bonus live album recorded at Frontiers Rock Festival in 2019.
Jeff Scott Soto’s previous solo albums include 1994’s‘Love Parade’, followed years later by the acclaimed 'Prism' (2002), then 'Lost In The Translation' (2005), 'Beautiful Mess' (2009), “Damage Control” (2012), and “Retribution” (2017).
Soto is an extraordinary performer and amazing vocalist. He delivers on hard rocking tracks with incredible energy and easily transitions to a powerful performance on epic ballads.
You can keep up with the latest on Jeff at his website, SotoWorld.net.
Track List: Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)
Someone To Love
Lesson Of Love
Love Will Find A Way
Between The Lines
Living In A Dream
Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)
21St Century (live)
Believe In Me (live)
Look Inside Your Heart (live)
Eyes Of Love (live)
Band Intros (live)
Soul Divine (live)
Our Song (live)
Holding On (live)
I'll Be Waiting (live)
Stand Up feat. Dino Jelusick (live)
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Bass, keys, guitars, backing vocals
Fabrizio Sgattoni – Guitars
Edu Cominato – Drums
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
August Zadra – backing vocals, lead guitar on ‘Between The Lines’