May 13, 2019
Doug Seegers’ new, solo-authored BMG single and video for “Give It Away” premiered Monday, May 13
As convincing as legends Cash, Haggard and Hank Sr., the emotional ache in Seegers’ voice radiates amongst the glow of candlelight during the video filmed in Scandinavia. “Give It Away”’s heart-warming lyrics of peace, faith, hope and love pulls at the heartstrings like a violinist’s bow or pedal guitarist’s steel to his/her instrument.
Seegers began contemplating the chorus’ hook during an alcoholics anonymous meeting in Nashville he was attending as a sponsor in recovery, and with a friend in need. The group leader created an indelible moment on the singer as he encouraged the sponsors; ‘if you want to keep it [sobriety], you have to give it away.’
“The song is significant because we all have a responsibility to realize that it is important to help others – in the eyes of God, that is what is expected,” said Seegers via phone from an international tour date in Rome. “We’re helping mend one heart at a time.” After a brief pause, he continued, “And I’ll likely write that line in a song or chorus too!”
Under producer Joe Henry’s command, A Story I Got To Tell was born out of the United Recording Studio in Los Angeles, and will debut globally on May 31.
”The new record is really a piece of my heart,” says Seegers. “It’s all about having the courage to speak up close and personal about the things that matter most. Like showing real compassion and love for a lost soul. Like throwing away your greed and giving a little back.”
May 13, 2019
Demon Seed is the first single just released from the new album by Doug Seegers, A Story I Got To Tell, scheduled for May 31st release.
The official video for Demon Seed was released April 19.
Filmed in Sweden in an old factory it features Doug and members of his band belting their way through the song. Backlit shots, solos and empty boxed corridors echo the solitary, almost trapped, anguish of the lyric.
Doug Seegers is a platinum selling artist with an extraordinary story. A No 1 artist in Sweden, he was discovered at the age of 62 by a Swedish film crew.
An alcoholic pretty much from the age of 16, his life has been the story of an American road novel – drink, drugs, time in jail as he hitch-hiked his way across the States. When he couldn’t work he slept rough and long spells were spent homeless or dossing on the floor of someone he’d just met. Finally he had an epiphany and turned his life around.
Demon Seed is a fast driving, desperate song about one of those crazy times. Looking for his girl on the wrong side of town, drug fuelled and out of control…it’s based on a real story, a real time.
Passionate, edgy and full of longing, heartbreak is written all over it. It’s a great introduction to a great new album, Doug Seegers’ first for BMG released the end of May.
November 22, 2018
Yesterday Doug Seegers and his band did the first show on their annual Give It Away Christmas Tour.
Altogether they will do 21 shows all over Sweden, performing original material as well as some Christmas favorites. Last night they played a sold out church in Huskvarna. See full tour schedule here (länk)
Book release US, September 11, 2018
Going Down to the River: A Homeless Musician, an Unforgettable Song, and the Miraculous Encounter that Changed a Life
The astonishing story of a singer-songwriter living on the streets of Nashville who met Jesus, got sober, and found international stardom at the age of 62.
Doug Seegers left New York for Nashville in search of every songwriter’s dream. When he didn’t find success, he fell into a state of loneliness that fed an addiction he had battled since adolescence. Soon, he was homeless, playing his guitar on the street with a cardboard sign asking for money. But then he cried out to God in repentance and need, and God graciously met him. Doug then found sobriety, regained some footing, and in a miraculous moment was discovered outside a food pantry by a Swedish musician and documentarian who put his story on the air in Stockholm. Within days of the documentary airing–even though he still walked to the public library every day and acquired most of his belongings from nearby Dumpsters–Doug had the number-one selling song in Sweden.
Going Down to the River is Doug’s inspirational story of faith, forgiveness, and the power of prayer and belief. It is also the never-give-up tale of a man who played music for 55 years without success only to become a chart-topping artist at the age of 62.
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