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Vocalist Robert Berry released the classic Three album with ex-ELP members Carl Plamer & Keith Emerson, is a member of AOR supergroup Alliance (inc. Night Ranger & Boston) and in his spare time sings back- up vocals and appears on other high profile projects.
1. What are you currently up to?

Currently I am working with Trent Gardner on a new project. Many different styles of music and textures. I have also just finished producing the new Tempest album. In my opinion it is their best effort. Plenty of Celtic music with their own rock influence. I am also working on a new album for Lisa Bouchelle and myself. It is a sexy, folky, prog album that shows the true range of her vocal style. So you see I have been busy. In the middle of all this I am suppose to be getting the 3rd Alliance album done.

2. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career to date?

High point was living in London working with Steve Howe, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. The low point of my musical career was actually losing my dad a year and a half ago. It knocked the create energy right out of me. I am just now starting to write and record some music that I can be proud of again.

3. Who have been your main influences through the years?

I have been influenced by somebody new every few years. But if I had to say my favourites I would have to mention, The Beatles, Jeff Beck, Yes, Peter Gabriel.

4. Alliance - will the band release any more new material at all? Which songs are your personal favourites from the band's albums?

As I mentioned I am supposed to have a new album done soon; It will take a little time though to complete it. My favourite Alliance songs would be The Best of Me, I'd give anything and one I think applies well to the current war situation "It's a long way to go". I am really proud of the writing that Gary and I did on that one.

5. Any bands/artists you would like to work with in the future?

I've always wanted to work with a producer like Glen Ballard. McCartney would be a great one. Honestly a few years back I had a deal set up for Keith, Carl and I to do another 3 album. I just couldn't get Keith motivated enough to follow through. That is something I really wanted to happen. I think we would have had a incredible 2nd album. We really knew each other by the time the first tour ended.

Robert Berry

6. What has been the best career move you have made and why?
My best move has also been my worst. I am happy playing and writing music the way I want to. I produce artist everyday. I play with musicians everyday. I write something almost everyday. That makes me happy and has led me on this incredible journey of working with some of my musical heros. But I am not driven to get another big record contract or write the next hit song. I just like doing what comes natural and making the most of it. I have set a high standard for my musical career and I try to do that kind of work everyday. Did I answer the question? Does that make any sense?
7. Three - how did this line-up & album come about? Why did the band only last for one album?

I was working with Steve Howe in a band called GTR. I got along with Steve great. We spent many hours writing what would have been the 2nd GTR album. The rest of the guys didn't especially like my partnership with Steve and made it difficult during recording and rehearsals for me to do all I wanted to do. So I quit. As I was heading home my manager Brian Lane, asked if I wanted to have lunch with Keith. Carl and I had worked together a year prior trying to for a new band. Keith and I hit it off and 3 was born. By the way 3 started out with a female singer named Sue Schiffin. (I guess we would have been 4) That only lasted a few months.

8. Which song(s) give you the most pleasure to sing live and why?

Songs that make my voice resonate. Talkin' Bout is one of those songs. Also "I'd give anything"' a song I wrote for my son is one I love singing live.

9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?

I have an 11 year old daughter that has a 2 year old horse we are training together. Very rewarding experience. My son is 8 and into sports so I spend time at his soccer and baseball games. I collect guitars but other than that my life is music.

10. Message for your fans...

I have had a bit of a lull in my album realeases lately. My last release was Christmas of 2001 when the December People came out. Most of that was me with a few guest singers although most people who the December People are. But I am back on the track and expect a few new things out by the end of this year. I have an acoutic album I've been working on, an Allaince album and my new project with Lisa Bouchelle so stand back. Thanks for your support in the past and hopefully in the next few years I will be able to set up a tour and see you in your home town.

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