Legendary soul singer and songwriter William Bell has returned to his original home, Stax Records, for his first major release in almost four decades.
This Is Where I Live will be released on June 3.
Bell co-wrote most of the songs on This Is Where I Live with GRAMMY-winner John Leventhal, who also produced the album. Additional co-writing contributors are Marc Cohn, Rosanne Cash, Cory Chisel and Scott Bomar.
“At my age,” says 76-year-old Bell, “I’ve had a lot of experience, and I know what my limitations are, what my faults are as a human being, and I utilize that. When I approach a lyric or a melody, I’m brutally honest.”
Bell originally signed to Stax in 1961 and delivered one of the iconic soul label’s earliest hits with You Don’t Miss Your Water. He also co-wrote, with Booker T. Jones, the iconic song Born Under A Bad Sign for Albert King, later famously covered by Cream.
In more recent times he has been covered by Carole King, sampled by Kanye West, and feted by Snoop Dogg. He has performed everywhere from Bonnaroo to The White House, and will play a select run of dates with John Leventhal and his band around the release of This Is Where I Live, including a date at Union Chapel in London on July 9.