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Composed of some of L.A.’s most recognized studio and songwriting talents, Billy Sherwood, Guy Allison, and Bruce Gowdy, World Trade will release their third album, Unify on August 4, 2017, via Frontiers Music Srl.
Lead vocalist and main songwriter, Billy Sherwood has been a fixture of the L.A. studio and recording scene since the mid-80’s. Billy‘s talents range from producing a Grammy-nominated album for Paul Rodgers to being the current bass player of Yes, handpicked by Chris Squire to replace him before his untimely death. He also recently joined up with ASIA as a replacement for John Wetton after his passing for the band’s current US tour with Journey.
Guy Allison and Bruce Gowdy, a pair of musicians also known for being behind the awesome melodic rock band Unruly Child, and drummer Mark T. Williams (son of famed composer John Williams and brother of Toto singer Joseph) round out the line-up. No doubt that World Trade is a world class band in every sense. Unify is a mature sounding recording reflective of the years of experience within the band. With great songwriting, excellent vocals, and immense production values, this album will appeal to fans of Toto‘s most recent releases and 90125/Big Generator-era Yes as well as fans of other progressive rock bands who value musicianship and songwriting craft.
The band was formed in the 1980’s with Sherwood on lead vocals and bass, Gowdy on guitars, Guy Allison on keyboards and Mark T. Williams on drums. World Trade evolved from an earlier band, Lodgic, featuring Sherwood and Allison.
Their 1989 eponymous debut was co-produced by Keith Olsen. A second album followed in 1995 on Magna Carter Records, with Williams being replaced by Jay Schellen. The album was produced by Sherwood. The band’s sound had similarities to 1980s Yes and the album included two Chris Squire Experiment songs and Squire (uncredited) assisted on backing vocals.
Sherwood and Schellen also recorded tracks for a series of tribute albums by Magna Carta.
The current World Trade line-up is:
Billy Sherwood – bass and lead vocals
Bruce Gowdy – guitars
Guy Allison – keyboards
Mark T. Williams – drums