Lawson is arguably soul music’s brightest rising star. In October 2014 tickets flew out for his UK debut at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, so with demand so high, his rousing show was broadcast via a live web-stream taking his music to a huge global audience. Indeed, his self-titled debut created quite a stir. The buzz began when it slipped out unintentionally to a couple of American online music stores just a few months earlier and such was the word of mouth that within five months the former stonemason had ditched his job as a piano tuner and undertaken his first European tour, earning his title “the hottest new talent to hit soul music in at least 10 years” (Echoes).
Like his heroes Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, this blue-eyed soul-jazz genius is a multi-talented, multi-faceted artist and whether he sings and plays funk, folk, R&B, rock or jazz “everything he touches” says one critic “turns to soul.” He returns to the UK in Spring for a string of dates (some already sold out) and in support, releases a special limited edition mini-album “Jarrod Lawson At The BBC”, recorded at the historic BBC Maida Vale studios last year and broadcast on the Gilles Peterson Worldwide show on BBC 6 Music.
For his live shows, Jarrod Lawson performs tracks from this mini album and last autumns’ debut, a delectable collection of originals that combine jazz, funk, gospel-blues and soul. With a rich smokey voice and stunning layered harmonies, he sings with passion, emotion and integrity. Alongside his staggering, heartfelt vocal range and considerable talent at the keys, Lawson writes, produces and arranges. He has shared stages with the likes of Bilal, Average White Band, John Legend, Erykah Badu and Ronnie Laws and even played at his hero Stevie Wonder’s birthday party.
St. Paul Peterson, Ricky Peterson, J.P. DeLaire:
From Minnesota’s first family of music, The Petersons; collectively they’ve shared the stages and recording studios with such greats as; Prince, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, David Sanborn, John Mayer, Michael Bolton, Annie Lennox, Donny Osmond, Oleta Adams, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Nicks, and George Benson to name a few.
$20 in advance, $25 at the door
Age limit: 21+