Sono Recording GroupIn the fall of 2013, Gino Vannelli played his first concert in Los Angeles in more than 15 years, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The show, which saw the eclectic Canadian-born singer/songwriter showcasing his classic pop-soul sound with accompaniment from a talented backing group, was captured for a DVD and CD titled Live in L.A. that was released earlier this year.

Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Vannelli admitted that he initially felt “a little nervous” at the concert, because “a lot of my friends were there, a lot of people in the business that I hadn’t played in front of for almost two decades.”

He noted, however, that once the show got going, he was able to overcome the butterflies.

“You get into the material and you forget where you are,” Vannelli explained. “You’re just concentrating on the song, on the lyrics, the band and things happen on stage. You have your own world.”

Live in L.A. features material from throughout the 62-year-old artist’s long career and, not surprisingly, boasts renditions of his best-known songs — including the classic smooth-rock hits “I Just Wanna Stop” and “Living Inside Myself.” It includes a guest appearance by former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams, who is an accomplished jazz guitarist.

“It’s a good cross-section of all the material I’ve written over the last 40 years,” Vannelli explained. “And, a lot of it is, of course, modernized to 2014 sensibilities.”

Having said that, Gino pointed out that after having played his music in a wide variety of musical settings over the last few decades — including with orchestras, big bands, piano duo acts and solo — “coming back and doing all the material more or less the way it was recorded almost feels fresh.”

The DVD offers a number of bonus features, including interviews with several musical associates who worked closely with Vannelli or played an important role in his career. Among these are A&M Records founder Herb Alpert, famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, former Yellowjackets guitarist Jimmy Haslip and Gino’s brother and frequent collaborator Joe Vannelli.

Gino told ABC News Radio that Live in L.A. will give fans a good idea of what to expect from his current concerts. He has a number of upcoming North American dates lined up into the spring of next year, including a return engagement at the Saban Theatre on February 28. Fans can purchase the DVD and CD now at

Meanwhile, Vannelli revealed that his next original project, which he plans to start recording in December, will be another stylistic departure for him.

“The new record is gonna be sort of a combination between Americana style with a little bit of jazz, a little bit of folk, a little bit of classical, but very, very bare bones,” he noted. “Just acoustic guitar and maybe like a percussionist.”

Gino added, “The concentration will be on storytelling. I’ve written, like, 30 new songs that have all kinds of stories that I’ve either imagined or…I’m retelling from experience that I’ve collected in the last three or four years.”

Here are all of Vannelli’s upcoming North American tour dates, according to his official website,

11/8 — Henderson, NV, Green Valley Ranch Grand Events Center
12/3 — Chicago, IL, Copernicus Center
12/5 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
1/10/15 — West Palm Beach, FL, Kravis Center
2/27 — Palm Desert, CA, The McCallum Theatre
2/28 — Beverly Hills, CA, The Saban Theatre
4/17 — Montreal, Canada, Rialto Theatre
4/18 — Montreal, Canada, Rialto Theatre

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