Cinderella’s Tom Keifer Premieres Solo Single “The Flower Song”

Cinderella’s Tom Keifer Premieres Solo Single “The Flower Song”

January 29, 2013

“The Flower Song” is the first single from the Cinderella frontman’s upcoming solo album ‘The Way Life Goes’, and it’s premiering now at

When Tom Keifer began recording a solo album in 2003, the Cinderella frontman had no idea it would take so long to finish. But a combination of family life, vocal-cord problems and tours with his band — a multiplatinum hard-rock outfit whose late-’80s hits included “Nobody’s Fool”, “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” and “Coming Home” — delayed the album’s completion for nearly a decade.

The appropriately titled ‘The Way Life Goes’ finally will come out April 30. The first single, “The Flower Song”, has the feel of a vintage Faces cut — a little “Maggie May”, a little “Ooh La La” — with Keifer’s gritty vocals front and center.

“To me, that song is about how unbelievable it is that you’re able to find that one person that’s perfect for you,” says Keifer, 52. “Obviously, it’s told from the perspective of a guy, but I think it’s true for both men and women: When you find that one person, it’s a miracle.”

Keifer wrote the song with Jim Peterik, formerly of the bands Survivor and the Ides of March. The track will be serviced to adult-alternative radio stations Febraury 4, while another track, “Solid Ground”, will go to rock formats March 11.

“The Flower Song is one aspect of the record,” Keifer says. “The record ranges from that more acoustic side to hard-driving, high-energy rock songs, and everything in between. It’s a pretty diverse album.”

Keifer began writing for what would become ‘The Way Life Goes’ during the mid-’90s. Shortly after he began cutting tracks, his wife, Savannah, gave birth to their first child. “We took a little break right there to be parents for a while,” he says. Tours with Cinderella and Keifer’s ongoing vocal troubles also delayed the album’s completion.

Keifer plans to launch a solo tour in February to give fans a taste of ‘The Way Life Goes’. “I’m going to try to strike a balance” of new material and old favorites, he says. “I’d say it’s going to be 50-50, like a preview of new songs off the record, then some Cinderella favorites, some of them done just like the record and a couple of them reinvented a little.”

Keifer says his voice is doing well now, but “that’s a daily battle for me. I didn’t have nodes, or something that could be lasered off. The condition I have is neurological. It’s something I have to deal with every day, because one of my cords just doesn’t respond the way it should.

“I stick to my routine and regimen every day and try to keep them doing what they’re supposed to do. I’m not going to lie to you: It’s not fun, and I have my ups and downs with it.”

Keifer’s solo tour kicks of February 9 in Winston-Salem, N.C., with additional shows scheduled for New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville and other cities.

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