Listen 2 Entertainment/Razor & TieFounding Sly & the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham will release a new album titled Raise Up with his longtime group Graham Central Station on September 25. The collection, Graham Central Station's first studio effort in 13 years, includes 10 new songs, as well as updated renditions of three previously issued tunes by the band -- "It's Alright," "It Ain't No Fun to Me" and "Now Do You Wanta Dance."
Raise Up features a guest appearance from frequent Graham collaborator Prince, who lends his multiple musical talents to a trio of songs. Prince contributes drums, keyboards and backing vocals to the title track and "Shoulda Coulda Woulda," while also adding some lead guitar to the latter track and to a song called "Movin'." In addition, Graham's wife, Tina, and acclaimed R&B artist Raphael Saadiq sing the album's closing tune -- an anthemic ballad titled "One Day."
"The music on this album is like a live performance," says Graham in a statement. "I wanted to tell a complete story, with a great beginning, a powerful body and a dynamic conclusion…I want this music to help raise people up and enable them to overcome adversity."
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