Joe Sumner Set To Release Debut Album, "Sunshine In The Night" on 10/6 - North American Tour Dates Announced

Article Contributed by Vicious Kid PR | Published on Tuesday, August 22, 2023

We are pleased to announce the release of Sunshine In The Night, the debut solo album by Joe Sumner, set for October 6, 2023 on Rooley Records/BFD/The Orchard. Not that it hasn’t been a long time coming, but things tend to happen when they should.

A full album, delivered just before COVID, sporting 12 brilliant folk-pop gems, sat on the loading dock for the better part of 2 years before there was even a discussion about next steps. Be that as it may, an impending 2020 Presidential Election prompted the release of a first single, “Hope,” rush ordered by the Biden campaign and co-opted for the soon-to-be-POTUS’ good fight. Concurrently, Sumner enlisted a diverse list of friends (and family) to participate in a singalong video of the song that included folks like Ben Folds, Juliana Hatfield, Gaby Moreno, and Sting, not to mention Joe and Mika from MSNBC Morning Joe, debuted it on-air the Friday before the now-controversial Election. Subsequently, “Hope” was also released as a 7” single for Record Store Day Black Friday later that November.

Two more album tracks, “You, You, You” and “Looking For Me, Looking For You,” were rolled out in 2022 with the help of American Songwriter, Rolling Stone and others amid an almost ceaseless touring agenda supporting Sting and playing solo dates the world over. A November 2022 date in France was captured for a live EP, Feelin’ The Love, Tastin’ The Fear.

The rest of Sunshine In The Night, produced by Tom Syrowski, graces us with a full platter of truly memorable sounds. “Live Life,” the album’s upcoming single, is an ebullient salvo to the resilience of the human spirit and the impermanence of life itself. “Don’t Change The Love,” jumps out big like Lennon in the ‘70s. “Don’t Go Away” is, at once, heart wrenching and triumphant in its honesty, with a seductive psychedelic break to boot, and the lush blue-eyed soul of “See You Again” takes us through an ethereal portal that begs multiple listens.

Kicking off his musical career in London in the nineties, Sumner spent far more than the mandatory 10,000 hours perfecting his craft. There, he formed a band called Santa’s Boyfriend, which subsequently became the beloved trio, Fiction Plane. The band enjoyed several years developing a well-cultivated, worldwide fan base and playing an 18-month tour supporting another trio, The Police before parting ways.

Sunshine In The Night, Sumner’s long-awaited full-length, is the best of two worlds - a sonically epic masterwork that somehow manages to also feel intimate.


All dates in support of Sting, except where noted.

Thu 31 Aug    Vienna, VA        Wolf Trap            

Fri 01 Sept    Vienna, VA        Wolf Trap            

Sat 02 Sept    Vienna, VA        Wolf Trap            

Sun 03 Sept    Atlantic City, NJ    Hard Rock at Etess Arena    

Tue 05 Sept    Toronto, ONT        Budweiser Stage        

Thu 07 Sept    Boston, MA        MGM Fenway Music Hall    

Fri 08 Sept    Wantagh, NY        Jones Beach Theater        

Mon 11 Sept     New York, NY        City Winery Loft  *SOLO*         

Thur 14 Sept     Boston, MA        City Winery Haymarket    *SOLO*     

Fri 15 Sept    Atlanta, GA        Chastain Park Amph.         

Sun 17 Sept     Austin, TX        Moody Center            

Wed 20 Sept    Denver, CO        Red Rocks                    

Thu 21 Sept    Denver, CO        Red Rocks            

Sat 23 Sept    Salt Lake City, UT    USANA Amph.            

Tue 26 Sept    Portland, OR        Moda Theater            

Wed 27 Sept    Seattle, WA        Climate Pledge Arena        

Fri 29 Sept    Vancouver BC        Rogers Arena            

Mon 02 Oct    San Francisco, CA    Concord Pavilion         

Wed 04 Oct    San Diego, CA    Cal Coast Open Theater    

Sat 07 Oct    Los Angeles, CA    Hollywood Bowl            

Mon 09 Oct    Phoenix, AZ        Arizona Financial Theater    

Thu 12 Oct    Rogers, AR        Walmart Amphitheater        

Sat 14 Oct     Dallas, TX        Toyota Music Factory        

Sun 15 Oct    Houston, TX        Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pav.    

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