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Fergie Frederiksen, top vocalist who has sung with LE ROUX, TOTO (every home should have Toto's 'Isolation' - an AOR classic!), FREDERIKSEN/PHILLIPS, MECCA (one of the best releases this year) and more. Visit and thanks to the webmaster Klaus for getting these questions over to Fergie.

1. What are you currently up to?

I''ve been on the road a lot the recent months with WCR and VCR (Voices of Classic Rock). I went to Asia with VCR and to Holland with WCR. That took up most of July and August and a piece of September. Now I have some time to get back on track with doing another CD.

2. Who was/is your biggest influence on your career?

I don't know exactly what you mean but as far as those who have influenced me. At a young age I would have to say "The Beatles." The first 45 my Mom bought for me was "I Want To Hold Your Hand." From that day forward I was a fan. The way they evolved was amazing. From record to next record George Martin and the guys were so innovative. You never knew what was next. There were others doing innovative nuances but none that did it as well as "The Beatles." Then there was the three piece bands. "Cream, The Who (not counting Roger) "Led Zepplin" (lets not for get Robert either) and Jimmy Hendrix. That showed how you it could be done without having two guitars and keys and still kick ass.That made real sense to me all though I never really went there. It showed me less is more sometimes or that one guitarist can cover a lot if he has the feel for it. Still, to this day, cool stuff.

Vocally, I loved a lot of singers. Robert Plant gave me the faith that a high voice could be soulful and bluesy. Stevie Wonder showed me what a voicecould do as an instrument and Paul Rogers put them together and made sense of it all.

There were so many great singers then, as there are today. I have to admit that was the time to listen to vocals. And it continued until the middle of the 80's. You know who I'm talking about. We all love them and some are still recording for Europe and Japan. Thank God for that. .

3. Which band would you like to see reform?

The one that comes to mind is not going to happen. But one I miss dearly. ZZ Top. I don't know about you but when I was on the road in the equipment truck or the band van, those guys kept you awake. Robert Palmer would agree with that I'm sure. .

4. Toto 'Isolation' is one of my all-time favorite records. It's a real shame you only got to sing on one Toto album. Did you enjoy your stay in Toto? Would you ever tour/record with them again?

Jason, thank you. I have mentioned that my one regret is I didn't get to do another "Toto" album. The reasons be what they are, I still love what they do and only wish we could have done one more. The timing wasn't right and if I know now what I knew then it may have happened differently. Who knows??

5. You are part of the Rock Forever lineup. How is this going? There are certainly some quality talents there - Bobby Kimball, Glenn Hughes, etc.Are there any CD's available of the concerts?

There should be a CD soon. Charlie Schmitt put together a show in Maui which was recorded and hopefully out soon. I wasn't able to make the show but from what I've heard and listened to it will be great. Glenn, Joe Lynn, Alex to name a few are great. What a mix of voices. I'm proud to be invited to do gigs with these guys. We've had some good times.

6. Which song(s) gave you the most pleasure to record?

Have you ever heard "The Whips"? I did that with Angel. I think a band called "White Sister" did a cover of it in the 80's. It's about Punkie Meadows. The same guy Frank Zappa did a song about. Raspy, high a kick ass. With Le Roux I wrote "Lifeline and Turning Point." These two songs were two of my best vocals of all time.

"Angel Don't Cry" is still one of my favorite songs to listen to. Two octaves plus and a great grove. On the "Frederiksen/Phillips" CD. " Oh Diane". One of the best written songs I ever sang. Thank you Ricky Phillps.

The last song I can name is one that I joined "Mecca" to do. "You Still Shock Me." Jimmy Peterick teamed up with the writing duo of Symar and Unger. What a challenge. This song made me want to do the project when Joe asked me to. There are more. "Lion" on Isolation. Bobby Kimball wrote that song with David. I heard the demo Bobby did. It was great. I recorded the song but was rushing a bit. Well, to me it was a bit but Jeff gave me a lesson in timing I'll never forget. Who better to get a timing lesson from than Jeff.

These are the ones that come to mind this late at night.

7. The Mecca album is a great CD - one of the better releases in many a year. How did this project come about? Will you be involved in the next CD?

Well, Jason, to jump ahead. No I won't be involved in the next "Mecca" CD. How did I get involved? Well, Joe Vanna and I became friends a few years back. I never really knew that Joe was a singer. We corresponded via email and eventually met in Chicago when he was kind enough to let me stay at his house when I was writing with Jimmy Peterick. Jimmy and Joe have been friends for a long time. As time went on, Joe played for me some songs he was involved in. He was working with a studio at the time and cut some tracks. I finally got to hear his voice. Needless to say I was blown away.

Then Joe had some friends that were going to invest into his dream. He played for me a couple of songs, "You Still Shock Me" and some others. I knew Jimmy was involved and I said Yes. I knew that Jimmy and Larry Millas have Pro Tools down to a fine art for vocal production and I knew I would learn and enjoy the session. Jimmy and Larry are the best. The rest is history. I look forward to working with Jimmy and Larry soon.

8. Who would you like to work with in the future?

Jason, I'm gonna pass on that one right now. I'm talking with some friends about that very thing. I'm sure you understand.

9. The last thing that you read?

The last book I read that really got my attention was "Monsoon" by Wilber Smith. If you've never read his stuff you have to. He has many more I've read.

10. Message for your fans...

I count my blessing every day and thank God I'm able to sing and make a living. I tried to do without it but I was miserable. A lesson to those to fallow there hearts and do what they love. I'm a lucky man and I know it.

Thanks to everyone who's cared enough to hang with me thru my changes and a special thanks to Klause my webmaster. He gives me a venue, though sometimes I'm absent for longs periods, to express my feelings and joy to be doing what I love. I plan to be recording soon so I hope you'll except my next CD with open minds and hearts. With the friends I have and love, this should be the best thing I've done to date. God Bless.


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