Singer Veronica Freeman and her band BENEDICTUM have been busy working on a new studio album which will be “a complete return to a traditional-but-powerful feel — much like the band’s first two [CDs],” according to a press release. Working with the band on the production is Grammy Award nominee and Billboard-charting producer John Herrera and longtime collaborator Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER), who has just completed his second writing session with Veronica. Craig Goldy (DIO) has been writing with BENEDICTUM as well and there will probably be some vocal duet surprises on the album too. The songwriting team of Pete Wells and Freeman is, however, still in full effect, and with Rikard Stjernquist (JAG PANZER) adding to the mix, there are some powerful great ideas coming to life.
In other news, Veronica is planning to record a solo album which will be released under the moniker THE V. She states, “I had a lot of input and encouragement from Frontiers in the previous months to try and stretch myself with different musical styles and approaches. So I have decided to accept their proposal for a solo album.”
Musically, Veronica will be pursuing a much more melodic and hook-friendly direction. John Herrera will also produce this endeavor and there should be some special guests appearing in the writing and performing department, including a song from Jerry Dixon from WARRANT and some bass performances from Brad Lang from YT and Jeff Pilson. Pete Wells will also show his other side with some of the music he is contributing to this project. A 2013 release is expected.