Tom Keifer spoke to BackstageAxxess about "You Believe In Me", the moving ballad on his new solo album, "Rise", which he wrote for his wife, Nashville singer-songwriter Savannah Keifer. Savannah also helped produce the album with Tom and Kyle O'Connor.
Tom said: "That was one of the [songs] that really… I mean, they all kind of just fell out of the sky — that's how you know when you have something worth writing about — but that one in particular was really a lightning bolt.
"I just woke up one morning, and I was having my coffee, and I was thinking about Savannah and our relationship and how great it is and what an amazing friend and everything that she's been to me and how important she is in my life and that song just fell out," he continued. "And I actually sent her an e-mail as I was kind of halfway finished and kind of put some of the lyrics in and told her that I wrote her a song and I wasn't sure if it was any good or not, but I meant it, or something like that. There's actually a page dedicated to that song in the booklet, where there's actually that e-mail — the actual e-mail is on the page — and it's kind of cool. It's kind of a look at the very moment that a song came to life."
"Rise" was released on September 13 via Cleopatra Records. The disc sees Tom joined by his #keiferband — Savannah Keifer, Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Kendra Chantelle, Jarred Pope and Kory Myers.
The common thread to each song on "Rise" is the intuitive interplay between each member of #keiferband, a tight but loose collective that's spent the last few years on the road honing their live craft together in support of Keifer's critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut, "The Way Life Goes".
According to Keifer, the recording process for "Rise" "was very different" to how "The Way Life Goes" was put together. "We recorded this record with the band I've been touring with for the last six or seven years," he told CantonRep.com. "We've developed a really great chemistry musically and also off stage. This was a real kind of in-the-room, go-for-a-performance kind of thing, because we were hot off the tour trail last fall when we went in to record. The chops were up and the energy was really flowing. The previous record was done with session players. I didn't really have a band at that point, and it was more of an overdubbing process. The new record, compared to things I've done in the past, even CINDERELLA, there was way less overdubbing, and it was more about being in the room all together going for the right performance."