EXCLUSIVE: John Farnham’s secret ‘final album’ in question after You’re The Voice singer had part of his jaw removed during life-saving surgery for oral cancer
- Rumor has it that Farnham is working on a 22nd studio album.
- The legendary Australian singer was in talks with new management
- Final album now ‘unlikely’, industry insiders close to Farnham say
- Farnham’s latest album, long considered high on Sony’s wish list.
Secretly working for months, John Farnham’s latest album is in doubt as the legendary singer begins his mammoth recovery from life-saving oral surgery.
Music industry insiders have revealed that Farnham and his lifelong manager, Glenn Wheatley, were in secret talks to release a final record before Wheatley passed away from Covid complications in February of this year.
It is understood that Farnham continued to prepare for the release of the final release – his 22nd studio album – before the shocking discovery of a tumor in his mouth derailed the project.
A secret album that has been quietly working for months now hangs in the balance.
Farnham and his late manager Glenn Whitley (right) wanted to release one last album.
The Australian music legend underwent an 11.5-hour operation to remove a tumor from his mouth after his family revealed on Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
The operation began at 8 am on Tuesday and was successfully completed around 7:30 pm that night, when part of the singer’s jaw was removed.
A 73-year-old man is stable in the intensive care unit after undergoing surgery by an army of 26 medical professionals.
Farnham now faces a long recovery period, including learning to eat and drink again.
There are fears that the iconic You’re The Voice singer may never again be able to sing or perform.
The “Secret” album has never been officially confirmed by his longtime record label Sony Music.
But it was well known in music circles that the iconic Australian singer’s latest album was Sony’s “holy grail” and that work had begun on the long-awaited studio release.
Wheatley, who was 74 when he passed away in February, has also long hoped his close friend would release a 22nd album to mark the end of their four-year chart-topping collaboration.
The cult Australian singer’s last album, presented here in 1990, has long been considered the “Holy Grail” for Sony.
Earlier this year, there were rumors that Farnham might be partnering with friend and noted music manager Ken Auch, who currently oversees the careers of Jess Mauboy, Dami Im and Adam Brand.
But Outch told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday that he had not worked on any new music with Farnham in the months leading up to the surgery.
Outch also said that he could not confirm if any new music had been recorded.
Sony Music was also contacted for comment.
Farnham also advised on a musical based on his song catalog created in recent months by theater genius Michael Cassel.
It is clear that production continues.
Farnham also advised on a musical based on his catalog of songs created by theater genius Michael Cassel.
Farnham with close friend Olivia Newton-John before she passed away from shock earlier this month.
Sydney 2GB host Ben Fordham spoke about Farnham’s recovery on the Thursday morning show.
“Doctors may have to insert a tube into his trachea as he recovers, he will need a feeding tube and he will need rehab to help him chew and swallow again, he will spend weeks in the hospital recovering,” Fordham said. on the air.
Farnham’s son Rob has since said that the beloved singing legend is strong and will “break” his road to recovery.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks,” Rob, singer-songwriter and frontman for rock band Rival Fire, said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“We are very proud of dad, he is strong and will destroy everything. Dad and family feel love from everyone. Friends, family, Australia and OS support [overseas] was massive.”