ProgRock Records has joined forces with internationally bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson for a groundbreaking crossover novel and progressive rock project, TERRA INCOGNITA. Anderson has created an incredible fantasy universe with sailing ships, sea monsters, and the crusades. The first novel, "The Edge Of The World", hits stores in June from Orbit Books.
Anderson says, "My work work has always been heavily influenced by music, especially progressive rock — but TERRA INCOGNITA truly takes this into new territory." Anderson developed and expanded one of the novel's storylines to form the basis of an epic rock CD, under the band name ROSWELL SIX. He and his wife, bestselling author Rebecca Moesta, wrote all the lyrics to the songs.
Accomplished keyboardist/composer Erik Norlander (ROCKET SCIENTISTS) came aboard at the beginning of the project to write the music. His wife Lana Lane, the Queen of Symphonic Rock, provides the female lead vocals. Bassist Kurt Barabas (UNDER THE SUN) and executive producer Shawn Gordon from ProgRock Records round out the members of "ROSWELL SIX."
"This project checked off about half the items on my bucket list," said Gordon. "Imagine what kind of fantasy world I feel like I'm in when I get to work with one of my favorite authors, favorite vocalists, and favorite musicians. Hearing the story come to life is really an amazing experience and I think there are going to be a lot of new crossover fans from this project."
The CD's male vocals are by James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Michael Sadler (SAGA), and John Payne (ex-ASIA). Additional artists on the CD include David Ragsdale (KANSAS), Gary Wehrkamp (SHADOW GALLERY), Chris Quirarte (PRYMARY) and Chris Brown (GHOST CIRCUS). Together, the creative team has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
TERRA INCOGNITA is a synergistic project unlike anything ever seen in the publishing and music business — an original novel and original CD from the same author. Kevin J. Anderson is currently writing the second novel in the epic trilogy, "Terra Incognita": "The Map Of All Things". He is best known for his successful "Dune" novels with Brian Herbert, his many "Star Wars" and "X-Files" novels, and his original epic "The Saga of Seven Suns".
TERRA INCOGNITA's CD will ship in late April and the book by June. The street date for your favorite brick and mortar resellers is June 2, 2009. Special bundling and discounting is available on the ProgRock Records site, as well as an option for autographed copies, only 200 of which will be available. Go to this location for details.