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Kiske/Somerville is a melodic rock / heavy metal duet project, put together in late 2009 by Serafino Perugino. The project features vocalist Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) collaborating with American singer Amanda Somerville (Aina, HDK, Trillium).
The project released the debut album Kiske/Somerville on September 24, 2010 in Europe and on October 12, 2010 in the US.
Michael Kiske is a German singer best known for his early work with the German power metal band Helloween. He is the vocalist of the band Unisonic, has released several solo albums, has participated on various projects such as Place Vendome and Avantasia and has also recorded guest vocals for numerous rock and metal bands.
Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who works mostly in Germany and was involved in many productions of German producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Amanda is the vocalist of the band Trillium, she is featured on the symphonic metal project Aina, she provides vocals for the project HDK, she has recorded guest vocals for the band Kamelot and she has also toured with the rock opera project Avantasia.
In late 2009, Serafino Perugino (president of the Italian record label Frontiers Records) hired Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) to provide the songwriting and production for a duet project between Michael Kiske and Amanda Somerville.
"I did a duet with a female singer on "Breathe in Water" by Indigo Dying. It was so nice that he offered me a chance to make an album of all duet songs with a famous female singer", explains Kiske. "When Mat Sinner asked me if I wanted to be the 'other half' of the face of the album, I was very honored and quite looking forward to working more closely with Michael Kiske" tells Amanda. "We’d both been involved in various projects over the years together, such as Aina and Avantasia, but it was always through third parties and we didn’t sing together like we do here. It’s not for nothing that Michael’s a legend in the scene. He’s got a very unique voice, a special delivery of his performance and is a wonderful person on top of it all. This has been a great experience all across the board!". Kiske adds "To sing together with the gifted and beautiful Amanda was another genius idea of Serafino! And it was a most pleasant experience to meet her. Amanda has by far the best female voice I have heard for ages. And the album is a killer."
The songwriting for the debut album of the Kiske/Somerville project was supplied by Mat Sinner, Magnus Karlsson, Sander Gommans (After Forever) and Amanda Somerville. The aforementioned musicians together with Jimmy Kresic (Voodoo Circle), Martin Schmidt and Ramy Ali provided the instrumentation for the album. The self-titled debut album was released on September 24, 2010. Two music videos were filmed for the songs "Silence" and "If I Had A Wish", enabling most of the participants to actually meet in person.
In October 2013 Amanda Somerville confirmed that a second Kiske/Somerville album was planned for 2015. A music video was released for the song "City Of Heroes" in February 2015. The second album entitled City of Heroes will be released on April 17, 2015. The album will again feature guitarist Magnus Karlsson in a songwriting and producing partnership with Mat Sinner, with one song written by Amanda Somerville and Sander Gommans. Veronika Lukesova will be the drummer on the album.
- Michael Kiske - Vocals
- Amanda Somerville - Vocals
- Mat Sinner - Bass
- Magnus Karlsson - Guitar, Keyboards
- Veronika Lukesova - Drums
- Sander Gommans - Additional Lead Guitar
- Frontiers Records Official website
- Michael Kiske's Official website
- Amanda Somerville's Official website
- Michael Kiske's Official fanclub
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