20 years ago, The Irish Independent reported that rapper and TV presenter Paul O’Grady was a fan of James Blake’s 1989 album, The Fall, and that he had written lyrics for a track.
Now the singer is getting his wish, and has reportedly been awarded a spot on the cover of Blake’s 20th album, entitled Rise, Rise.
According to The Irish Sun, the cover artwork has been created by the award-winning illustrator Mark O’Sullivan, who is best known for his work on the covers for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Prince’s Dangerous.
The cover artwork was commissioned by The Sun, which will appear on the album in a print-on-demand format.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to be the first to be asked to help to create the cover for Paul O.G. album Rise, Fall, Rise,” O’Gara said.
“It’s an honour for me and a privilege for all of us.”
O’GARA’S WORK ON THE COVER FOR THE RISE, RISING EPISODE 2: THE FALL, RISES by Mark O Sullivan, Illustrator, The Sun (Photo credit: Mark OSullivan)”It’s a really nice cover, very much inspired by Blake’s work,” said Blake’s longtime collaborator and manager David Guetta.
“This is a big deal for the album.
This is something that I’ve wanted for a long time.
It’s a huge honour to be on it.”
The Sun reports that Blake’s cover will appear alongside an image of O’Brien’s face, a reference to his previous collaboration with the actor, in the artwork.
“He’s got the whole image of Paul on his sleeve and it’s all about Paul,” Oates said.
“It feels very Paul-y.”
The album will be released on September 12, 2019, but it is unlikely that it will be the last Blake collaboration with O’Connell.
The singer also collaborated with rapper A$AP Rocky on the song “All Day”.
“I’ve known Paul since I was 17 years old,” Ogara said of the song.
“He’s an absolute legend.
I’m a huge fan of his work.
I really like what he’s doing now, and I’m excited to work with him again.”
Ogara, a native of Long Beach, California, also previously worked as an assistant editor for Rolling Stone.
He’s been credited with the work for both of the magazine’s covers for the past two years.
“Paul O’Reilly is a brilliant artist and has a brilliant creative mind,” said Rolling Stone Editor-in-Chief David Pecker in a statement.
“His ability to make the best of an extraordinary talent is unmatched.
The cover for his forthcoming album, Rise, is just another great example of his talent.”