MARK TREMONTI, SINGS SINATRA – REVIEW
by Constance Tucker
Mark Tremonti is releasing a single from his upcoming album where he covers cuts from Frank Sinatra’s catalog. Tremonti is joined by surviving members of Frank’s orchestra, creating new takes on some of the classics, including the single “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Mark has gifted this album to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), using all proceeds to help fund NDSS give the gift of music to children with developmental disabilities. Take A Chance For Charity is a new charity focused on providing artists/actors/athletes the ability to get out of their comfort zone, having the people with a platform get out of the genre they are known for to raise funds/awareness for the charity of their choice. An actor can sing, an athlete can dance, a musician can sing a song out of their musical genre – any artistic interpretation.
Tremonti Sings Sinatra will be released on May 27, 2022, and is the first release for the cause, the recipient being NDSS. Mark says, “For years, I’ve loved singing along to Frank’s songs,” he reveals. “One night, I found an old video of him performing ‘The Song Is You’ from 1944. It made me study how he got his start. I read all of the books, and I watched all the movies. I wanted to do something with it. When we found out about our daughter Stella’s Down Syndrome diagnosis, the stars aligned. My obsession with Sinatra had its reason. He raised more than a billion dollars for charity. Beneath the cool and calm persona, there was a big heart. Doing this charity in his name was another way the stars had aligned. So I decided to do this record to raise funds for families and individuals with Down Syndrome. Now, it’s a new purpose for the rest of my life.”
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” is a befitting single, as, from the first notes, you will instantly have Tremonti under your skin and shimmering in your ears for hours to come. Given a classic treatment of soft horns and a swinging rhythm section, Tremonti bellows deeply on the low notes, just as Sinatra did. It’s clear Tremonti did his homework. Most notably known as a Grammy-award-winning rocker (Alter Bridge and Creed), Tremonti effortlessly makes the transition on this classic and well-known tune that was a signature for Sinatra. Further, Tremonti used Sinatra’s touring band, so the music is top-notch.
Ultimately the full album will feature fourteen of Sinatra’s best-known tunes, but this single is destined to whet your appetite for the entire album due out on May 27, 2022.