He started singing at five years old in a church choir, and grew up to become part of some of the finest vocal groups of all time. But now, at age 71, the legendary Jerry Lawson has decided it’s time for his first solo album.
13 songs of pure gold, the album is released on June 29th and should be high on all music lovers’ lists this summer. It’s a truly beautiful blend of blues, gospel, soul, pop, country and more, all delivered with a honeyed vocal which has matured like a very fine wine (incidentally, one of the track highlights, titled ‘Wine’, gives a darkly funny commentary on the detrimental affects of drinking too much).
The album brings together a mix of old classics and brand new tracks, each bringing something slightly different to the table. You could be forgiven for expecting an album which, after a number of tracks, might begin to sound similar. But the truth is that the songs are so well selected that each offers a different stylistic twist to keep things fresh. Just one such example? The move from the smooth, soulful ‘In the Dark’ to the dark reggae of ‘Down on My Knees’. Both feature that superb vocal, but both use it in such different ways.
This is just one example of why this album is one to be excited about. There are many others.