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!
Did a very cool interview with the one and only Co De Kloet on NPO Radio 2 | Soul & Jazz in Holland last night. The interview is now available on his podcast on itunes! We talk, play music, talk shop, my dutch roots. I love when interviews feel like 5 minutes and they are over an hour. it's like you're truly hanging with a buddy.
In 2017, I was invited to guest sing with the TipToe Big Band in Denmark. They asked me to bring Big Band arrangements of my own material and to say this was a dream of mine is an understatement. I sat down with arranger/friend Dave Richards to discuss the sound of where this could go: I didn’t want it to be traditional, I wanted to go a bit left and make sure there was room for grit and soul. 'Ladykiller' is the opening track from my 2016 record "Til They Bang On The Door", released on GroundUP Music and arranged by my dear friend and drummer Jamey Tate! The song demo started in Henry Hey’s living room with a choir of trombones, but I never thought the day would come where I’d ACTUALLY be singing with a choir of trombones LIVE on stage...watch it on the Video page of this site or YouTube!
Proud to be interviewed and a part of this dangerous tribe of musicians on the I'd Hit That podcast! And verrry honored to be the first singer interviewed (is bragging okay this time of year?)! Enjoy some singer nerd-out talking, my fellow vocalists!