William Shatner Announces New Spoken Word Album, ‘BILL,’ Featuring Joe Jonas And Brad Paisley

Other guests include Joe Walsh, John Lurie, and more.

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Award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, and chart-topping recording artist William Shatner has announced his forthcoming new album, BILL, set for release on September 24 via Joe Jonas’ new label Let’s Get It! Records/Republic Records.

To celebrate the announcement, William Shatner teams up with Joe Jonas and Brad Paisley to release the first two singles from the album, “Clouds of Guilt” feat. Joe Jonas and “So Far From the Moon” feat. Brad Paisley, out now.

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Through spoken word and genre-bending music, the songs on BILL chronicle significant autobiographical moments in William Shatner’s life and the ideas, challenges, and questions he’s confronted along the way. The tracks were co-written and produced by Grammy Award-winner Dan Miller [They Might Be Giants], while the lyrics were a collaboration between Shatner and his friend and writer Robert Sharenow.

In addition to Joe Jonas and Brad Paisley, BILL features guitarist Joe Walsh [James Gang, Eagles, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band], pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph [Robert Randolph and the Family Band], musician John Lurie, saxophonist Dave Koz, and more.

On creating the album remotely during the pandemic, William Shatner says, “Through a series of phone calls, texts, and emails, music and words flew back and forth across the country. The [Covid-19] crisis created an urgency and quickly unleashed a candor between us that allowed us to peel back layers that sat on the surface of a subject to reveal the depth of truth buried underneath. What better time to contemplate life’s biggest questions than during a global pandemic? Some songs touched on painful or beautiful moments, while others turned into elliptical philosophical explorations about the very nature of existence and death.”

Pre-order BILL.

BILL Tracklist:
“I Ride”
“Made In The Shade” feat. Joe Walsh
“Clouds of Guilt” feat. Joe Jonas
“So Far From the Moon” feat. Brad Paisley
“Love, Death, and Horses”
“Just Forgive” feat. Robert Randolph
“Loneliness” feat. John Lurie
“Thunder and Fire” feat. Joan as Police Woman
“The Bridge” feat. Daniel Miller
“Black Horse”
“Masks” feat. Dave Koz
“Monday Night in London”
“Toughie” feat. Robert Randolph
“What Do We Know”

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