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KITT WAKELEY’S NEW ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD’S ‘CLASSICAL ALBUMS’ & ‘CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ALBUMS’ CHARTS
SYMPHONY OF SINNERS AND SAINTS ALSO CHARTS ON ‘HEATSEEKERS,’ ‘HARD ROCK ALBUMS,’ ‘TOP CURRENT ALBUM SALES,’ ‘TOP ALBUM SALES,’ ‘INDEPENDENT ALBUMS’ & ‘TOP ROCK ALBUMS’
WAKELEY PREVIOUSLY CHARTED THREE CONSECUTIVE SINGLES AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD’S ‘HARD ROCK DIGITAL SONG SALES’ CHART
Los Angeles, CA (June 2, 2021) – Songwriter/composer/arranger/producer Kitt Wakeley’s new orchestral rock album Symphony of Sinners and Saints (released May 21) debuted at No. 1 on the June 5 Billboard “Classical Albums” and “Classical Crossover Albums” charts. In addition to the chart-topping album positions, Symphony of Sinners and Saints debuted on six more Billboard charts this week, including No. 2 on “Heatseekers,” No. 12 on “Hard Rock Albums,” No. 13 on “Top Current Album Sales,” No. 14 on “Top Album Sales,” No. 47 on “Independent Albums,” and No. 50 on “Top Rock Albums.”
Wakeley said, “It’s a dream to hit the Billboard charts and to do so at number one was beyond my wildest imagination. For this project to have five number-one Billboard hits and appear on 11 different Billboard charts, I’m overwhelmed with appreciation and humility. I’m extremely thankful to everyone who participated on the project, such as Tre Nagella, Brent Berry, Ryan Miller, Paige Harwell, Andy Timmons, Joe Satriani, Daniel Uribe and the Royal Philharmonic.”
These number ones mark the fifth chart-topping positions for Symphony of Sinners and Saints. Previously, three of the album’s singles, “Forgive Me” featuring Joe Satriani, “Sinners and Saints,” and “Conflicted,” also featuring Satriani, all hit the top position on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Digital Song Sales” chart. In addition, “Forgive Me,” also charted at No. 9 on the “Rock Digital Song Sales” chart and No. 19 on the “Hot Hard Rock Songs Chart.” His second single, “Sinners and Saints,” also debuted at No. 4 on the “Rock Digital Song Sales” chart and No. 15 on the “Hot Hard Rock Songs” chart. His first single, “Conflicted” also debuted No. 6 on the “Rock Digital Song Sales” chart, and No. 18 on the “Hot Hard Rock Songs” chart.
Boasting a cinematic hybrid of orchestral music, rock and EDM, featuring stunning compositions, heavy guitar riffs, and thundering drums, Symphony of Sinners and Saints was recorded in October 2020 at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. With Wakeley on keyboards, the album also features the talents of celebrated UK ensemble the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) conducted by Cliff Masterson (Little Mix, Kylie Minogue, Il Divo, Oasis), Grammy-nominated pianist Paul Loomis, bassist Ryan Miller, drummer Brent Berry, guitarists Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, Pink) and Daniel Uribe and Paige Harwell, the London Voices choir (Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, the Hunger Games series), and Dallas’ Gospel of Light Choir. The album was co-produced, engineered and mixed by three-time Grammy Award-winner Tre Nagella (Lady Gaga, Blake Shelton, Snoop Dogg) at Luminous Sound Studios in Dallas, TX.
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