NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 13, 2013–Bill Withers (born Bill Witherson), a.k.a.
The Wiz, is set to release her first solo album, Wizard, on March 19 via Capitol Records, a label that has released the pop superstar’s music in the past.
Wizard is the first album from the multi-instrumentalist, whose career began in 2007, and will be released via Warner Bros. Records.
The album was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
“I’m just a little bit more focused on Wizard right now,” said Wither.
“The album has a really good feeling to it, and it has some great lyrics.
It has a lot of good things about it.”
The album features guest appearances by a slew of notable artists, including Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga.
“It’s a great album,” said Wiz lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong.
“And it’s a good thing that I’m working with Billie and I’ve been working with her for a long time.
I’m really excited to see what she brings to the album.”
Wither said she was inspired to write Wizard when she was asked by her friend, the singer Betty Wright, to write a song for her.
“Betty had written a number of songs for other artists, but not for me,” Wither explained.
“So, I had this song written and it just sort of fit into my life.”
Wizard is Wither’s first album to feature guest appearances from some of her favorite singers including Selena.
“Selena and I are really good friends, and we’ve always been friends, but I really think it was really important for me to be able to have someone like Selena come on board,” Wether said.
“She’s one of the most powerful singers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
And she really embodies the spirit of the album.
And I thought it was a really great thing to do, because Selena was always really, really inspiring and it was just fun to bring her on board.
I just think it’s such an honor to have her back.”
Wether also praised the collaborative spirit that has led to the release of Wizard, noting that she was thrilled to be part of it.
“To be able see my friend Billie on this album, it’s really nice.
I was so proud to be a part of this,” Wathers said.
Wizard will be the first Wizard album to be released under the Warner Bros label.
“With the exception of Selena and Nicki, we’ve all been friends for so long.
So to be working with this incredible group of people and to get to collaborate with them is a really special feeling.
And it was fun to be in this room and to have them around.
I thought they were super cool and they really stepped up and made this a really fun experience.”
Withering also said that Wizard has inspired her to pursue other music, including singing on a few of her solo projects.
“We’re all really into the same thing, so I feel like I’m just really excited that we’re going to be doing this,” she said.
Wither has collaborated with other artists including Selenas band, The Roots, as well as Lady Gaga, Selenia, and Rihanna.
Wether is currently recording a solo album titled The Wizard of the Year.
“Wizard is really a huge deal because it is the biggest thing in the world,” Withering said.