JEFF HEALEY was a blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock singer and guitarist who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s-90s.
Healey began playing guitar when he was only three years old, developing his unique style by playing his instrument on his lap.
Following the signing by Arista Records in 1988, his band released the album See the Light , featuring a hit single “Angel Eyes ” and also the song “Hideaway” — which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Over the years, Healey toured and sat in with many legendary artists including The Allman Brothers , Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather and Eric Clapton.
At the time of his death in 2008 aged 41, Healey was about to perform a series of concerts in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands with his Blues Band the ‘Healey’s House Band‘ as it was known.
2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul – the extraordinary lost album by Jeff Healey that has never been heard before by the public.
March 25th this year would have seen Jeff aged 50 years – and so this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon.
Heal My Soul is the first album of new songs recorded by Jeff in over 15 years.
It represents some of the most powerful and passionate performances ever committed to record.
Under the direct supervision of the Jeff Healey Estate these songs have been carefully restored and brought to life by focusing on the unique and special gifts that Jeff had as an artist.
The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, showing the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world during his all too brief life. Key tracks include “Daze Of The Night,” the soaring acoustic ballad “Baby Blue,” and Healey’s soulful take on Richard Thompson’s “I Misunderstood.”
In a joint statement, Jeff Healey Estate Co-Administrators Cristie Healey and Roger Costa said, “Heal My Soul is a project that we have wanted to tackle for years. A ‘lost’ album, it contains material recorded during one of the most creative periods in Jeff’s rock career. Until now, it has never seen the light of day. Jeff was very proud of this work and it features some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. With complete creative control we’ve labored hard, tracking down recordings, identifying the right performances, restoring them to their proper stature and mixing and mastering them from the ground up. This has been a true labor of love for us from beginning to end and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to finally share this significant release with the world.”
Release Date: March 25, 2016