Title - 'ICON - Steve Winwood' (UMe)
Artist - Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood is an English international recording artist whose career spans nearly 50 years. He is a songwriter and a musician whose genres include soul music (blue-eyed soul), R&B, rock, blues-rock, pop-rock, and jazz.
Winwood is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the electric organ, synthesizers, bass, drums, guitar, mandolin, violin and other stringed instruments.
His trademark style is singing in a tenor voice and playing the Hammond organ. In addition to his solo career, he was a member of the bands the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and Go. Winwood has also won numerous Grammy Awards in the United States of America.
'ICON - Steve Winwood' kicks off with the perfect song for summer, 'Higher Love' (which earned him two Grammy Awards: for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and also features backing vocals from Chaka Khan) before his first solo hit, 'While You See A Chance' and then his powerhaus '80s song 'Valerie' come thereafter.
The lesser known 'My Love's Leavin' is followed by 'Help Me Angel (Remix)' and 'Back in the High Life' (with backing vocals from James Taylor), from his fourth solo album of the same name. The bouncy pop of 'The Finer Things' is next with the for-fans-only 'Arc of a Diver' thereafter.
1982's 'Talking Back to the Night' (from the album of the same name) comes next with the US Top 20 hit 'Freedom Overspill' and 'Wake Me Up on Judgment Day' (both from Back in the High Life) rounding out the short Hits album.