Check out my interview on the Loud Noise Podcast! Steve Walsh asks the right questions: what makes creative people tick and how we become who we are. We both came up in the musical playground of NYC at a time where you plunge into music with reckless abandon. You don’t even think about it. It’s at your doorstep and on the other side of every subway turnstile. I talk about the early days where you just sing ALL the damn time. The night where I sang for Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records, signed to Warner Chappell and how the days of developing an artist were a REAL thing, working with my first “professional” writer and a whole bunch of stuff that’s happened since. If you like storytelling, voila. LISTEN HERE on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
Charlie Hunter and I will be joining our dear friends Snarky Puppy in the UK in November! Check out dates and get your tickets here! Our last show of that tour will be in Royal Albert Hall, London! I am speechless (which is rare).
2 concerts with my band, 2 masterclasses and 3 concerts with the beautiful TipToe Big Band!
Charlie Hunter and I made this very cool album. If you’ve been following us this year, you can see all the fun we have been having. Pre-order Music!Music!Music! on iTunes or CD and get the first single “Can’t Let Go” free. Oh, and the video is out too! The album will be available worldwide on April 19th and in Japan on April 24th. We start a US tour on April 10th! Here is a lil’ description of the album…
Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward - Music!Music!Music! An exhilarating blast of blues, soul and funk, Music!Music!Music! marks the recorded debut of the musical partnership between guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Lucy Woodward. Recorded in High Point, North Carolina, with longtime Hunter collaborator Derrek Phillips on the drums, Music!Music!Music! showcases the dazzling interplay between Hunter’s funky guitar and Woodward’s stunning voice, while also beautifully capturing the spontaneity and good vibes of the duo’s live performances.
The album’s eleven tracks range from the old-world blues of Blind Willie Johnson (“Soul of a Man”) and Bessie Smith (“You’ve Been a Good Ole Wagon”) to the tormented soul of Nina Simone (“Plain Gold Ring,” “Be My Husband,” and the immortal “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”), from jazz standards (“Angel Eyes” and “Music! Music! Music!,” popularized by Ella Fitzgerald and Teresa Brewer, respectively) to bluegrass and alt-country classics (Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard’s “The One I Love Is Gone,” Lucinda Williams’ “Can’t Let Go”), from the smoky Fifties R&B of Ruth Brown’s “I Don’t Know” to the technicolor Eighties funk of Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Wishing Well.” Soulful, spacious and deliciously in the pocket, Music!Music!Music! reverberates with the thrilling intensity of the duo’s live shows, and crackles with the electricity of two talented performers stretching out together from their respective comfort zones.
I am proud to be a part of the 3rd annual GroundUP Music Festival this February in Miami! This concert will be a different one for me as I’ll be singing with the Frost Studio Jazz Band (from the University of Miami), GroundUP Fest’s first official Big Band! And we are also very lucky to have Shelly Berg joining us. We’ll be playing material from my last two albums, arranged for Big Band by Dave Richards (also conducting). It’s gonna be a good one (aaaaand Lalah Hathaway is performing every night so life will be joyous). CHECK OUT THIS PROMO VIDEO to see what’s going down!