Australian-born guitarist Orianthi spoke to Sweetwater about the progress of the recording sessions for her new solo album, to be released later this year.
"It's really different sounding," she said (see video below). "I'm going on vibes right now and just going [with] what I feel and I'm collaborating with a lot of different pop writers, pop producers, urban producers, songwriters — all that kind of stuff. So it's really different from what I've done before, and I think that's important. You don't wanna do something you've done before. And I don't wanna make another blues record yet. I wanna incorporate what's going on now in music. 'Cause I'm a fan of a good pop song. I'm a fan of stuff that's on the radio that just gets you moving, or whatever, and you're in the car. So I'm incorporating a guitar with that. I've been trying to do that. So I've got guitar solos in every song. And, yeah, I guess just getting in the studio right now, making something brand new, this new journey, has been really cool. And having an amazing team around me, too, now, and just everybody. It's great."
The first single from Orianthi's upcoming album, a song called "Love Bomb", is expected to arrive soon. The track was produced by Paul Dawson, who has previously worked with Rihanna, Ariana Grande, P Diddy, Justin Bieber, Jay Z and many more.
Born in Australia, Orianthi was inspired to learn guitar at a young age after discovering her father's vinyl collection. She rose to international fame at age 24 after the release of her hit single "According To You" and a high-energy performance backing Carrie Underwood at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Although she had already been invited to jam with the likes of Carlos Santana and Steve Vai, mainstream audiences had not previously heard of this captivating guitar prodigy. Her recognition increased even further when Michael Jackson called with an offer to be his guitarist for his dates at the O2 Arena in London. Although the concert series was not to be, the release of the behind-the-scenes documentary "Michael Jackson's This Is It" showcased Orianthi's masterful playing as well as her creativity and collaboration.
Orianthi continues to work with top-level artists while maintaining a successful solo career.