SOURCE: The Verve Music Group

August 23, 2005 10:00 ET

Will Downing to Release "Soul Symphony" in October on GRP

October Release Includes Powerful Rendition of the Luther Vandross Hit "Superstar"

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2005 -- On Tuesday, October 4, 2005 Will Downing will release "Soul Symphony," his newest album for GRP Records. The disc is a solid collection of well-crafted songs each showcasing Downing's trademark voice and style.

"Soul Symphony" opens with the seductive beat of "Put Me On" and winds through a range of grooves and emotions. The first single from the album is the hit-bound slow jam, "Crazy Love." Other songs on the album include the emotive "A Promise," "Make Time for Love," a romantic ballad, and a rendition of Brian McKnight's "What's It Gonna Be," from his album "Superhero" (Motown Records).

Downing co-wrote several of the songs featured on "Soul Symphony," including the beautiful "Heart of Mine," "Soul Steppin" with its danceable groove, and "Will Still Loves You," a respectful dedication to hard-working women and mothers everywhere.

One of the album's highlights is "Superstar," a song originally made famous by The Carpenters and later closely associated with one of Downing's idols, the incomparable Luther Vandross. In fact, Downing brought down the house when he performed this song at the "Forever, For Always, For Luther" tribute and benefit concert held in New York at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in October 2004.

Downing plans to tour following the release of "Soul Symphony." Visit www.willdowning.com for dates and more information.

"Soul Symphony" [B0005215-02] available on CD October 4, 2005.

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