Bret Michaels has taken the opportunity during his current reunion tour with the original lineup of Poison to release a brand new solo single and video. Titled “Jorja Bleu,” the single is the multi-platinum seller's first new song since 2015's “Girls on Bars” from his last solo album True Grit.
The multi-talented performer premiered the song on May 5 via Billboard and posted the official video at his official YouTube channel. The single takes its inspiration and title from the charismatic rocker's 12-year-old daughter and was released to coincide with her birthday on Friday.
The 3:44 minute video opens with a photo still of father and daughter, which fades to reveal the Michaels snapping his fingers in the studio. Based on a real-life daddy/daughter chat, the song maintains a stripped down arrangement, propelled simply by a synth bass drum, tambourine and an acoustic guitar. As photo images of the family fade in and out, Michaels launches into the first verse, singing, “I was thinking of you when I wrote this song/I hope my words will help you carry on.”
“It’s just my voice, some guitar and a drum machine - the old-school 808 - and I’m doing all of it,” Michaels tells Billboard. “I started by working up a drum pattern thing with my mouth, then I sat down with the 808 and laid it down. It’s very simple.”
“Jorja Bleu” is available in digital format here and here on May 5 via Poor Boy Records. A portion of the profits will be used to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Fans can watch the official video above.
Michaels recently reunited with his Poison bandmates for a tour of North America with Def Leppard and Tesla. The powerful triple bill launched April 8 in Manchester, New Hampshire and will wrap up Jun. 25 in Indianapolis at Klipsch Music Center.
Fans can catch Poison at their next U.S. tour stop on May 05 in Charlottesville, Virginia, at John Paul Jones Arena or Michaels at his next solo gig on May 10 in Portland, Maine, at Aura. Tickets for select Poison dates are available at AXS.