America’s Gerry Beckley Channels His Original Influences For ‘Aurora’

Gerry Beckley, the singer, songwriter, performer and co-founder of the band America, is set to release his fourth album from Blue Élan Records, Aurora, on June 17, 2022. The album’s first single, “Friends Are Hard To Find”, has also been released. Aurora has been described as a look back towards some of Beckley’s original influences, among them The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees, and Chicago.

The single, “Friends are Hard to Find,” seeks to relieve the isolation of the last two years and channels the “spontaneous creativity” of Beckley’s good friend, prolific songwriter Jimmy Webb on the track.

He says:

This is a time of great reflection whether we like it or not. If we treat this pandemic as the lesson it could and should be, this could be a moment for great growth, because even with the immense challenges we face, there is still hope.


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With America, who still perform more than 100 live dates a year, unable to fully tour during the last two years, Beckley turned to his “main hobby,” writing and recording almost 40 tracks, pared down to the 11 included on the album which is sequenced like a traditional vinyl album, with a Side 1 and 2.

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