Launch Of Stand (Chase The Beast Away)
New Track With Video Out Now From
Ken Hensley Album My Book Of Answers
The video for the new single Stand (Chase The Beast Away) by the late Ken Hensley is launched today, 5th February. Stand is the second track to be taken from Hensley’s upcoming album My Book Of Answers, a collaboration with Russian fan Vladimir Emelin whose poems have been turned into an album’s worth of songs, a series of videos, a concert and an illustrated lyric book (available later this year). My Book Of Answers is to be released on 5th March 2021 as a CD/DVD and Vinyl Album, through Cherry Red Records. Pre-order the album HERE and get Stand as instant grat on iTunes and Amazon.
Or buy Stand HERE.
For a link to the video of Stand click HERE.
Stand was the first collaboration between Hensley and Emelin and the first song recorded. “I didn’t know if I could do it because I’ve never done it before,” said Hensley. “(Vladimir) loved it and he wanted me to do more and more until we finally ended up with an album’s worth of songs.”
All the elements of the track were recorded separately in home studios across Europe. Backing vocals were recorded in Italy, Russia, Yorkshire and Teddington, London, while other musicians and Hensley recorded their contributions in Spain.
Stand (Chase The Beast Away) bears all the hallmarks of a life spent, by Hensley, crafting classic rock music. Based on one of Emelin’s poems, Stand is an anthem of hope as we draw on the strength of love and friendship to confront our demons. The chorus soars ‘Stand up, stand strong, Stand together and stand for as long as it takes,’ and together we are capable of great things.
About Ken Hensley
Ken Hensley was one of the most important musicians over the past fifty years. His work with Uriah Heep in the 1970s helped to make the band hugely influential. Hensley was Uriah Heep’s keyboard player, guitarist, vocalist and principal song writer, responsible for such classics as Lady In Black, Easy Livin’ and Look At Yourself, and providing Uriah Heep with much of their musical direction. Leaving the band in 1980 to pursue a solo career, he also collaborated with Florida-based hard rock band Blackfoot, L.A. heavy metal band W.A.S.P. and Cinderella. “Ken Hensley wrote the rule book for heavy metal keyboards as far as I’m concerned,” W.A.S.P.’s frontman Blackie Lawless is quoted as saying.
Following his departure from Uriah Heep, Hensley lived in America where he met his wife-to-be Monica. The Hensley’s settled on a farm near Alicante, Spain, and married in 2004. A very spiritual person, Hensley became an inspiration to many and known for encouraging talented artists and enjoyed the love and respect of fans the world over. “It’s enduring and I’m happy that most of them are still alive!” he said. “I love to meet them when I go out on the road but at the moment that’s not possible.”
Hensley’s solo career began in 1973 with Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf, and Ken remained as busy and prolific as ever, with a career that spanned sales in excess of 45 million albums. Hensley worked with leading artists across the globe and he became known as an inspiration for encouraging other talented artists.
My Book of Answers is released on 5th March Formats – CD/DVD and Vinyl Album Pre-order the album HERE.
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