By Britt Bickel

The moment that all Earth, Wind & Fire fans have been waiting for is finally near. The classic R&B group has announced its first new album in eight years titled Now, Then & Forever for release on September 10, 2013.

Band members Phillip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson announced the new album’s release early Monday morning via its website and social media pages, including a special video message on their Facebook page.

For the group’s first album in nearly a decade, singer Phillip Bailey said he recruited co-founding EWF member Larry Dunn to help produce the sound for Now Then & Forever.

“I said, ‘Let’s go back to the drawing board,'” he told Billboard. “It’s a great representation of who Earth, Wind and Fire is now, but not departing from the classic sound.”

“It doesn’t sound like we’re trying to be anyone other than Earth, Wind and Fire,” added bassist Verdine White.

In the group’s first single “My Promise,” loyal fans certainly won’t be disappointed. The new single features all the key ingredients of a classic EWF song; a dancey guitar riff, powerful horns, smooth vocals, and most importantly, plenty of funky bass driven by White.

Take a listen to the new track below and let us know if “My Promise” is a hit or a miss!

EWF are currently on a world tour and will perform a three-night residency at the Hollywood Bowl just after the album’s release on Sept. 13, 14 & 15. For tickets and complete tour dates, click here.


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