Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of Danish vocalist
Ronnie Atkins to a solo deal. The acclaimed Pretty Maids and Nordic Union
vocalist is currently wrapping up work on a new solo album, “One Shot,”
which will be released in the spring of 2021.
“To be honest, I initially had no intention to do a solo album to begin
with, but for various reasons and in particularly my own personal health
situation I finally decided to have a crack at it,” says Atkins.
“Around Easter 2020 and only some six weeks after I was told that
everything seemingly looked very positive for my health, I was unfortunately
diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and told it was incurable, which was
devastating news for me. Needless to say, that was a total game changer and
I went into kind of a panic situation for a while! But when the dust had
settled. I realised there were two ways to approach the situation. I could
sit down, accept the facts, and feel pity for myself or I could pull myself
up, set some goals, pursue my dreams, and carry on living! And with
fantastic back up from my family and true friends, I went for the latter!”
With the global pandemic shutting down touring for the foreseeable future,
Atkins knew a tour promoting the latest Pretty Maids album, “Undress Your
Madness” (2019) was not going to be in the cards anytime soon. Suddenly, the
timing for working on a new solo album seemed to have presented itself.
“Well, I couldn’t change the way things were by any means. The whole world
was on a lockdown and the future prospects of concerts were very uncertain
and still is to this day! Basically, that meant that if I was gonna carry
out the idea of a solo album, it had to be now since I don’t necessarily
have all the time in the world. I had all these ideas recorded on my iPhone
that I felt were too good to never see the light of day and I was writing a
lot at the time to help ease my frustrations,” tells Atkins.
Ronnie’s next step was that he hooked up with a good friend and PM bandmate
and producer Chris Laney to begin the work of putting these ideas together
into songs. Chris is overseeing production, Jacob Hansen will mix, and
musicians/singers appearing on the album include, in addition to Laney,
Allan Sørensen, Morten Sandager, Pontus Egberg, Pontus Norgren, Kee
Marcello, Olliver Hartmann, John Berg, Anders Ringman, Linnea Vikström Egg,
and Björn Strid.
The album is currently scheduled for release in spring of 2021 with the
first single and more album details to be revealed in January 2021.
photo credit: Tallee Savage