Two-time Grammy nominee Jonathan Butler is ‘Living My Dream’ on newest album release
*“I’m in my season,” said two-time Grammy nominee Jonathan Butler when I asked why he named his album “Living My Dream” (Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records). “I grew up in South African…played live on stage with Stevie Wonder (at a young age)…it really is a dream. It’s good to be able to make music.”
Butler is known as a Contemporary Jazz guitarist, and on “Living My Dream” features George Duke on piano and Marcus Miller on bass. The album also features his remarkable vocal talents.
He began singing at the age of seven and by the age of 12 won “Best New Artist” South Africa’s Grammy Award – named the Sarie Award. He made history by being the first black artist to be played on white South African radio garnering three gold records. He moved to London signing with Jive Records, and went on to earn two American Grammy Award nominations, one for an R&B/Pop hit.
The versatile guitarist launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation in his native country to fund music education programs for children ages 4 – 17.
“Living My Dream” is a collection of genres of music showcasing his skills as a guitarist and vocalist.
“It’s a good album. A mixture of the two,” Jonathan pointed out. “It’s a good balance of the two (guitar playing and singing).”
Butler is currently touring until January, 2015 and you can see where he is performing by visiting his website www.JonathanButler.com.
My favorite cuts on album include “Be Still,” a Smooth Jazz selection, “Let There Be Light,” and “Song for You,” a nice R&B/Pop number.
ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Awards honors Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo and 100 years of service
*The red carpet arrivals for the 27th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, held recently at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, was impressive this year as many ASCAP members came out to support Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo who received special honors, as ASCAP celebrates 100 years of service.
Dupri received the ASCAP Founders Award joining past recipients such as Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dr. Dre, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder. Ne-Yo received the ASCAP Golden Note Award joining past recipients Jay Z, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Usher, Lionel Richie, and Pharrell.
While there I had a chance to interview briefly Hip-Hop Christian rapper Lecrae, Mario, Grammy nominated songwriter Kay Cola (Ne-Yo, Dr. Dre); Grammy Award winner James Fauntleroy (Rihanna, Justin Timberlake); seven-time Grammy Award nominated Kelly Price, and singer/actor/dancer RoShon (Disney).
“I’m different,” said Lacrea about what the title of his upcoming album, “Anomaly” means. “I don’t quit fit in.”
“My dad is a jazz musician (Herbert Laws) so I been in the studio since I was nine,” said Grammy nominated Kay Cola about how she started as a songwriter. “Started writing with The Underdogs that was my huge break…wrote for The Game. Fauntleroy (former member of The Underdogs) was a high school friend since 14.”
“My parents are my rock. They keep me rolling,” said Disney actor RoShon (Camp Rock, “Shake It Up,” “Dancing With The Stars”) about his major success in the industry.
The invitation only event also honored a list of other songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 R&B, Hip-Hop/Rap, and Gospel charts.
BET and AEG’s BET Experience was an extravaganza of events unlike no other
*I covered BET Network and AEG’s three-day BET Experience held at L.A. Live, Club Nokia Theater, Staple Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center that included “106 & Park” taping in the Nokia Plaza L.A. Live, BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Grammy Museum exhibits, and concerts at Club Nokia.
I spent my time at the Convention Center to view the celebrity basketball game and the Music Matters concerts. Some of the celebrities showing their basketball skills included Chris Brown, Snoop Dog, Justin Bieber, JB Smoove, Brandon T. Jackson, Terrell Owens, Sugar Shane Mosely, and Omarion – to name a few. On the Music Matter’s stage I had a chance to see the performances of Eric Bellinger, Rico Love, Mack Wilds, Jagged Edge, Eric Benet, Calvin Richardson, and Nigerian rapper Ice Prince.
There was so much going on, such as the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, free drinks from Sprint and Coca-Cola, the Health and Wellness Pavilion, and celebrity meet and greets at the “World of Ahh” section. All held to take advantage of the historical 2014 BET Awards week long events that lead up to the live award show.
(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Events: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)