Itunes pre-sales from October 22nd
Single and video released November 4th
As Shalamar, Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. With classics such as “A Night to Remember”, “I Can Make You Feel Good”, “Friends”, “Make That Move”, “There It Is” and “I Owe You One”, they established themselves as one of the iconic bands of the era both in terms of fashion and music and are now back with a brand-new single, “The Real Thing”, which is already receiving strong support from BBC Radio 2.
The new single from Shalamar – the first single for over 20 years is released in the first week of November 2017. The song was recently premiered on The Steve Wright Show and as part of the Radio 2 – 50th birthday celebrations where it was performed live on air at the Manchester Apollo. “The Real Thing” perfectly encapsulates the uplifting immediacy and infectious sound which has brought them so much success over the years and will delight their legions of fans, as well as introducing them to a new generation. There will be further releases in 2018.
As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, Shalamar were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the United Kingdom. Jeffrey Daniel brought street dance to the UK – he is noted as the dance mentor for Michael Jackson and the man that taught him the moonwalk. Howard Hewett is a one of the most iconic US soul artistes of all time, releasing numerous solo albums and collaborating or performing with some of the greats including Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Earth, Wind and Fire, Teena Marie, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Deniece Williams and El Debarge. He was recently voted by Soul Tracks as one of the top 10 greatest male soul singers of all time.
Shalamar are fronted by 3 dynamic individuals:
Jeffrey Daniel – the man who taught Michael Jackson the moonwalk and introduced body popping to Europe and the UK. Jeffrey co-choreographed and featured in the “Smooth Criminal” and “Bad” videos during a creative partnership with The King of Pop that spanned twenty years. A legendary performer and style icon.
Howard Hewett – a Grammy award-winning artist voted one of the world’s top ten soulful singers of all time. With a tremendous back catalogue of solo work to complement his Shalamar activity, Howard has also collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Anita Baker, LaToya Jackson, Stanley Clarke, Deniece Williams, Rick James, Babyface, LL Cool J, and George Duke to name but a few.
Carolyn Griffey – in addition to performing with Shalamar, Carolyn is a former member of the group Absolute and heir to the Solar Records dynasty – the Sound of Los Angeles which brought classic RnB acts onto the world stage including Shalamar, The Whispers, Dynasty, Midnight Star, Klymaxx, and Carrie Lucas (Carolyn’s mother).