Multi-instrumentalist, veteran songwriter, and long-tenured guitarist of the Grammy-nominated rock outfit Stone Sour, Josh Rand, has today announced a brand new musical endeavor, The L.I.F.E. Project with vocalist Casandra Carson. Accompanying the announcement of the new project is the release of the group’s first track “The Nothingness” which premiered on SiriusXM’s Octane yesterday to much acclaim. The track features Rand‘s signature chart-busting, anthemic songwriting and Carson‘s powerfully diverse vocal prowess, providing fans with an exciting first taste of what’s to come from the duo. Listen to “The Nothingness“ here and watch the video here or by clicking below.
Nurturing the project from concept to execution, the instrumentation was written, arranged, recorded, and produced by Rand in his home studio and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Parkway Drive) . Completing the collaborative effort with the addition of Carson, The L.I.F.E. Project presents an important milestone in an already decorated career for Rand, one that was punctuated with the addition of a one-of-a-kind vocal lead that understood how to compliment the music with her lyrical pen. Speaking on his new project, Josh Rand shares
“I’m so excited to announce The L.I.F.E. Project and to release ‘The Nothingness’. Casandra and I are really proud of the music we’ve been making over the last year and can’t wait to share it with the world.”
ABOUT THE L.I.F.E PROJECT
Arriving at the intersection of time and circumstance, multi-instrumentalist, veteran songwriter, and long-tenured guitarist of the Grammy-nominated rock outfit Stone Sour, Josh Rand, found himself at a proverbial fork in the road.
Rotating back to real world after an extensive two-year run on the road completing Stone Sour’s Hydrograd album cycle, Rand resumed his routine of immersing himself in his craft, songwriting with clear intent – breaking new ground and exploring new sounds. Shortly thereafter, a series of events would prompt Rand to make some significant professional decisions.
The pivot would find Rand continuing to push his creative pace as a songwriter, while devising a brand-new outlet that would feature his stylistic signature throughout. Accustomed to working with the kind of vocalist that is equally commanding and versatile, Rand knew he wanted to maintain a standard of a dynamic lead, while bringing something new to the space of hard rock and metal.
As chance would have it, just a few degrees of separation stood between Rand and vocalist Casandra Carson. The resulting introduction of The L.I.F.E. Project is a five-track EP that offers a complete presentation of a songwriter asserting his stride after more than two decades steeped in his craft. Building off the sonic stamp he established during his six albums, twenty-year tenure with Stone Sour, Rand’s current iteration holds true to his track record, without relying on it.
Stylistically, The L.I.F.E. Project is a fluid combination of classic metal sensibility and Rand’s penchant for pushing the boundaries of contemporary heavy. Between Rand’s instrumental framework, accentuated by Carson’s ability to articulate poignant stanzas, The L.I.F.E. Project remains a passion project culminating in perfect collaboration with Carson’s undeniable vocal soar, asserting an articulate aggression – a cathartic ebb and flow – that is as sincere as it is dynamic.
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