Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Player fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for the romantic track “I Will”. The song is taken from Player‘s forthcoming set, TOO MANY REASONS; the album is due out on February 26th in North America via Frontiers Records. TOO MANY REASONS is Player‘s first album in nearly 20 years and is written and produced by Peter Beckett. To pre-order TOO MANY REASONS, please click here or here.
Player was formed in 1977 when Englishman Peter Beckett met J.C. Crowley at a Hollywood party. Beckett had come to the United States after the demise of his popular English band Paladin. The band was completed by Ronn and John Friesen and the four became the founding members. After many rehearsals and songwriting sessions, Player was born. In 1978, the band had an international number one hit with first single “Baby Come Back”, which was co-written by Beckett and J.C. Crowley and sung by Beckett. The first album entitled simply PLAYER went platinum and the band toured extensively, including support stints with Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, Heart and Kenny Loggins, consistently playing to sold out arena audiences. Four albums followed spawning four more hit singles, including “This Time I’m In It For Love”, which reached number eleven on Billboard’s chart. Player “redux” consists of founding members Peter Beckett (guitars/lead vocals/keyboards) and Ronn Moss (bass/lead vocals).
Peter Beckett has written hit songs for such artists as Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson, The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and most recently Vanessa Hudgens. He has numerous movie credits as artist, producer and/or writer, including “The Karate Kid”, “Two of a Kind”, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, “Major League”, “St Elmo’s Fire” (Grammy nomination), “Frankie and Johnny”, “Rock Star”, “Terminator 3”, “Basic Instinct”, “Beyond Borders”, “Life or Something Like It”, “Dirty Dancing 2”, and “Transformers”. From 1989-1997, Peter was a featured member of Little River Band and has written several singles for them.
Since the mid ’80s, Ronn Moss has also gained worldwide stardom with his other career: 25 years as Ridge Forrester, the male lead in the CBS television series “The Bold And The Beautiful,” a role from which Moss recently elected to depart to allow him time to devote to Player and other film and TV roles. “B&B” consistently ranked as the most watched television series in the world, averaging more than 26 million viewers per day, and garnered more than 500,000 Twitter followers for Moss. He has also appeared in numerous feature films and television commercials, and took second place on the Italian version of “Dancing With The Stars”.
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(Photo ID left-to-right: Peter Beckett, Ronn Moss)
(Photo credit: Devin DeVasquez-Moss)