JAMES’ NEW WITHERS TRIBUTE ALBUM, LEAN ON ME, PRODUCED BY DON WAS, IS OUT SEPTEMBER 28 ON BLUE NOTE
José James joins voices with Lalah Hathaway on a joyful new duet version of Bill Withers’ classic song “Lovely Day”. The track features bassist Pino Palladino, keyboardist Kris Bowers, guitarist Brad Allen Williams, drummer Nate Smith, and a horn arrangement by trumpeter Takuya Kuroda. Listen to “Lovely Day”
James’s forthcoming album, Lean On Me, is a loving tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter in honour of Withers’ 80th birthday year. The album was produced by Blue Note president Don Was and will be released on September 28 via Blue Note/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Watch the album trailer.
James and label mate Gregory Porter recently discussed their respective tribute projects in a compelling conversation for the Los Angeles Times. James can also be heard in conversation with Was in a special event at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles on September 25.
José James will be bringing his upcoming tour to Canada on November 15th with his show at the Arts Commons in Calgary, Alberta.