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Published on April 3rd, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Legendary Songwriter & Producer Bruce Sudano On His New “Spirals Vol. 1” EP, Johnnyswim & More

Even before his successful runs with the signed bands Alive N’ Kickin’ and Brooklyn Dreams, New York native Bruce Sudano was a working musician and songwriter. Scoring his first paying gig at the age of 12, Sudano was mentored by Tommy James of Tommy James & The Shondells. At the age of 20, Sudano scored a hit was “Ball Of Fire,” as co-written and recorded by James. Sudano would eventually craft music for some of the biggest artists of all time — spanning both multiple decades and popular genres — including Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and his late wife Donna Summer.

Despite those major credits, Bruce Sudano — who was portrayed by actor Jared Zirilli in the recent Donna Summer Musical on Broadway — has not slowed down in recent years. May 2017 brought the full-length album 21st Century World, a followup to 2015’s The Burbank Sessions. His new EP is titled Spirals Vol. 1 and is out on April 17th. Spirals Vol. 1 features a prophetic first single in “The Mountain.”

I had the pleasure of speaking with Bruce Sudano by phone on March 23, 2020 about Sirals Vol. 1, working with his daughter Amanda of the group Johnnyswim, being portrayed in a Broadway show, future plans and more. Right in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, yes, yet Sudano couldn’t have been nicer during our chat. More on Bruce Sudano can be found online at www.brucesudano.com.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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