The 69 Eyes Shared The New Song Fade To Grey, Written By The Oscar Nominated Songwriter, Diane Warren

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The 69 Eyes launched a new single, Fade to Grey, following their collaboration with an Oscar-nominated lyricist, Diane Warren. This powerful yet ethereal ballad was released by Reigning Phoenix Music (RPM).

Diane Warren, commonly referred to as “the most important songwriter in the world,” wrote an impressive list of timeless hits, collaborating with rock icons such as: The Cult (“Painted On My Heart”), Aerosmith (“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”), and Meat Loaf (“I’d Lie For You (And That’s The Truth)”),  as well as artist like Cher (“If I Could Turn Back Time”), Celine Dion (“Because You Loved Me”), and Whitney Houston. She has also collaborated with pop stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Warren has 15 Grammy nominations, two Golden Globe wins, and 15 Oscar nominations, including a “Honorary Oscar” awarded by the Academy’s Board of Governors in 2022.

Front-man Jyrki Linnankivi aka Jyrki 69, comments: “The magic of Diane Warren songs, which is often told, is that her songs speak to their performers in a way as if she knew what’s going in their live. So does ‘Fade To Grey’: It sounded like straightly taken from my own personal life when I heard its demo version for the first time!”

Diane said before: “The year before last I walked into a store and saw someone so cool who just epitomized rock ‘n’ roll. That was Jyrki, the amazing singer from THE 69 EYES. Now here we are with my song with them, ‘Fade To Grey’, about to be released. I am very excited for everyone to hear it!”

Jyrki 69The 69 Eyes’ frontman, shared his impression about the collaboration: “This was exactly like one of those Hollywood dreams: I was hanging on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills when a lady asked me who I was out of the blue. I got confused, and that’s about it. Later on, I realized that the lady was Diane Warren, the ultimately greatest songwriter on earth and writer of my favorite THE CULT song, ‘Painted On My Heart’. That was my opportunity to start a musical collaboration with her but I missed my once-in-a-lifetime chance! A year passed by and her hits were following me everywhere. Then I was watching the presentation of the Oscars and she was performing there! I encouraged myself getting in touch with her and here’s the result: an epic power ballad called ‘Fade To Grey’ which this world and THE 69 EYES needed!”

“Fade To Grey” was produced by Erno Laitinen at Inkfish Studios in Helsinki, Finland and mixed by Miles Walker at Westside Studios in Atlanta, Georgia before Björn Engelmann put his finishing touches to the song at Stockholm, Sweden’s Cutting Room. The single artwork was created by Marcelo Vasco (Slayer, Kerry King, Dimmu Borgir).

The song will also be published on a new vinyl edition of THE 69 EYES’ current album “Death Of Darkness” on April 26.

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Jyrki 69 – Lead vocals

Jussi 69 – Drums

Bazie – Guitars, Lead guitars & Backing Vocals

Timo-Timo – Guitars

Archzie – Bass & Backing Vocals

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