From the reviews for Alan’s latest album, “American Troubadour” (2014)
American Troubadour is Alan’s sixth studio album, recorded with some of Sweden’s top artists.
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“Set the World Right Again” (Track 4 on American Troubadour) was featured by the UNFCCC Newsroom as “Climate Song of the Week for Paris” in August 2015.
Click here to visit the UNFCCC website and read about the song, the lyrics, and to listen via YouTube.
Watch the inspiring music video, “We Love the SDGs,” Alan’s dance-song tribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:
More about Alan
Alan AtKisson is an American-Swedish author, songwriter, and recording artist, who also provides expert consulting advice to governments, companies, and international organizations.
He obviously likes to cross boundaries.
The title song of his latest album, “American Troubadour,” was inspired by a decade of watching Alan’s country of birth, the United States, from his adopted home, Sweden, in the aftermath of 9/11.
Other highlights from the album include the Japan-influenced acoustic-rock single, “Set the World Right Again,” and the moving Americana song “I’ll Be,” about his grandfather’s first look at the ocean.
Read the story behind the album in this blog post.
American Troubadour is free to listen on the special website created for the album, and available from iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube. But it is also available for purchase via Rain City Records. You can get higher-quality digital files (.mp3, 192 kbps) direct from the payment gateway below. Immediately after payment, download the .zip file, unzip it, and play the enhanced .mp3 files on your favorite music player.
Long before Alan became known as an author, consultant, and inspiring keynote speaker in the field of sustainability, he was a professional singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He started performing professionally at 18, singing with show bands in New Orleans, USA, then playing in an Oxford UK pub to help finance his education at Oxford University. After completing a post-graduate fellowship in Malaysia as a Henry Luce Scholar, he went to New York. His ensuing adventure in the music world led to fronting rock bands, performing in a folk-rock trio, and doing solo performances during the mid-1980’s. He played in many of New York’s most famous clubs (while also playing at weddings, hospitals, and occasionally on the street).
Eventually, Alan grew hungry to return to his intellectual passions: science, economics, and environmental sustainability, with a big dose of writing and journalism.
This change in direction led him to become the executive editor of an award-winning journal, In Context, focused on global issues, systems thinking, and cultural change.
But Alan’s submersion into the world of sustainability would not mark the end of his musical career:
“Around 1990, I wrote a little tune called “The Dead Planet Blues” that got some radio play … In 1992, I integrated music into a speech for the first time … and after that, music stormed back into my life in a big way.”
Alan continues to integrate music into his keynote speeches and workshops: you can see an example at the end of this TEDx talk. (Scroll ahead to minute 15 if you just want to hear the song.)
Ancient History: Demos & Studio Recordings 1982-1995
“Ancient History” is a “best of” collection of Alan’s earliest songs, before he began releasing albums on Rain City Records. Some songs were recorded on his 4-track home studio, others in a commercial 24-track setting. They were usually released on cassette albums and distributed to friends.
To read more about Alan’s musical profile, and to see his full discography, visit: http://www.tunecore.com/music/alanatkisson
Music is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, and for streaming on Spotify and other major services. For info on how to purchase vintage first-edition physical CDs, write to Cassandra@AtKisson.com.