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Todd Michael Hall talks about debut solo album ‘Sonic Healing’

Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about his breakthrough solo album Sonic Healing, which was released via Rat Pak Records.

Todd Michael Hall
Todd Michael Hall. Photo by Doug Julian.
Todd Michael Hall. Photo by Doug Julian.

Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about his breakthrough solo album Sonic Healing, which was released via Rat Pak Records.

The record is an ode to the infectious stadium rock that influenced future musicians around the world; moreover, it provides a glimpse into Hall’s musical roots, vocal prowess, and songwriting ability with help from Metal Church’s Kurdt Vanderhoof, who served as producer. The CD is filled with musical treats and ear-catching hooks. He described it as an “amazing” experience to work with Kurdt Vanderhoof. “I’ve never experienced anything like that,” he said. “

For Kurdt to churn out 21 songs in 18 days was like ‘wow’ and it was pretty well-produced. Working with Kurdt was a dream, he was incredible. It was just an unexpected, incredible blessing,” he added.

On the song selection process for the new album, he said, “I went into it with some song ideas, and he was totally onboard with what I was trying to accomplish with the classic rock inspirations. Over the course of 21 days, he wrote 18 songs, and it was just magical.”

“Once we were done, we had a batch of 15 songs that we had finished. I didn’t want the album to be too long. The 10 songs that made it were the ones that we were trying to hit from an inspiration standpoint,” he added.

He listed “Running After You” as his personal favorite song. “That was the first song that I wrote with Kurt and I feel that it blossomed in the chorus,” he said. “I really enjoy all of the songs on the album. I am proud of all of them.”

Hall recalled his time on the reality singing competition The Voice, where he was mentored by Blake Shelton. “I really had a great time on The Voice. I made really great friends with my teammates, where we still share texts now and then. Everybody associated with the show was really nice and really supportive. I enjoyed the experience,” he said.

His latest single “Let Loose Tonight” earned a positive review from Digital Journal.

Sonic Healing is available on digital service providers by clicking here. “I want the fans to get positive energy out of this album,” he concluded.

To learn more about Todd Michael Hall and his new music, check out his website and follow him on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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