Engelbert Humperdinck Releases New EP, ‘Sentiments’

As the world buckled down with COVID-19, iconic vocalist Engelbert Humperdinck had to adjust to the shifting restrictions provided by the pandemic. With his 2020 worldwide tour cancelled, Engelbert insisted on getting new music to his myriad of fans who were upset about missing the “King of Romance” do his thing. In lieu of the tour, he opted to use his time off the road to record ‘Sentiments’, a new EP out now via OK! Good Records.

Recorded this summer by producer Jurgen Korduletsch, Humperdinck recorded his vocals remotely, a very different experience for him.  The result is a six-track EP which includes covers of Elton John’s ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’, Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’ and a duet with UK singer/songwriter Janet Devlin of Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’.

“During these troubled times that we are all living in, I decided to remotely record a special album of songs that have great meaning for me and I hope for you as well. I have never done a project like this where the musicians were all at their own homes, the producer was in New Jersey, and I was in my studio. I think that you will find special meaning in the lyrics to these songs as I do” said Engelbert.

Engelbert was inspired to record a cover of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ after learning that the song was originally written for Engelbert but it never made it to him. On this new recording he infuses his own life experience into the track which might not have been present had he recorded it in 1973 when it was originally intended.

‘What Am I Living For’ gets a fourth makeover by Engelbert following Chuck Willis’ version which was a #1 R&B hit, Conway Twitty’s country hit in the 50s, and Percy Sledge’s pop hit a decade later.  A love song straight from the heart that speaks to Engelbert with its simplicity, he dedicates his version not only to his true love and darling wife Patricia but also to his fans all over the globe with the lyrics, “What am I living for / if not for you?”

Featuring a duet with internationally-acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Janet Devlin, the Elvis Presley standard ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ gets a modern remake, directed not at each other but as a dedication to his wife Patricia and her daily struggles with Alzheimer’s Disease. A fan favourite from UK’s X-Factor from 2011, Devlin had performed the song on the show as a tribute to her grandfather who passed away that same week.

Can't Help Falling In Love (feat. Janet Devlin)

Closing out the heartfelt EP are his versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’ and Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’. Engelbert performed the latter track recently on his very first livestreamed concert this past July (which is approaching 500,000 views). He is also due to perform his first ever Christmas special on December 12th with a livestream from his home in America.

Engelbert recently celebrated 50 years in showbiz. With his most recent albums, ‘The Man I Want To Be’ (2017), and ‘Warmest Christmas Wishes’ (2018), and last year’s ‘Reflections’ EP, Engelbert has shown another side of his talent by picking more introspective songs that connect with his life’s experience proving his continuing relevance with today’s audiences.

You can order Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Sentiments’ EP here. Follow Engelbert Humperdinck online on his official website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About the author

There’s a lot of music out there - good music. At Essentially Pop our remit is that we cover music that deserves to be heard, with a particular focus on independent artists. That doesn't mean we won't cover your old favourites - rather we hope to give you some new favourites as well.

We no longer accept unpaid PR agency work. We believe the creative arts have value, and this includes writing. As always, we will write about artists who contact us - or who we contact - for free - but we can no longer work free of charge for PR agencies. We work hard, we put in a lot of hours writing, and we ask that you respect that. Contact us for our very reasonable rates.

Follow us on: Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Myspace, Facebook, Spotify, Youtube. Drop us an email on hello@essesntiallypop.com

Leave a Reply