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Legendary Keyboardist Jon Lord On Joining A Capella Group Van Canto: Singing "Humkeys" "Came So Naturally"
German power a Capella band Van Canto announced the addition of legendary keyboardist and co-founder of Deep Purple Jon Lord. In what will prove to be one of the most challenging roles in his musical career, Lord will assume of the position of "humkeys."
Van Canto songwriter Stefan Schmidt commented on the addition: "It came together so quickly. We had been deep into writing the new album and Sly [Schunke, vocals] said 'what about adding keyboards.' I said 'but no real ones.' I figured that I had found a way to successfully sing guitar solos, so why not."
The decision to ask Lord was not an immediate one. Schmidt when on to explain that Van Canto tried various ideas to try to work it out, however, the band had previously reached out to Lord for a collaboration on the band's cover of "Stormbringer" for the "Hero" album in 2008: "We had reached out to Jon back then to play regular keys but he was unavailable. But as we thought about the new record, it was a great idea to engage his interest in another possible collaboration. I was a little apprehensive at first, but he was totally for it."
Lord commented about the challenges of playing keys in vocal style: "I was blown away by the idea. It was like a whole new musical career opened up for me. I was never known for my singing style, and at first I thought I could use a vocal style on the keys themselves, but after I hummed a few parts of 'Stormbringer' it came so naturally. This will definitely be one of the most challenging ventures in my career. I feel like a kid again."
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