CHEERS TO THE FALL
Likened to everyone from Billie Holiday to Amy Winehouse, Andra Day is stepping out and taking her walk in the spotlight.
Discovered by none other than Stevie Wonder, Day has quickly earned a reputation because of her soulful voice and popular YouTube covers. She sings about heartache over retro-soul backdrops in her debut album, Cheers to the Fall, which touts collaborations with Raphael Saadiq and Questlove.
The LP is inspired by an eight-year relationship’s end and dabbles in classic jazz, doo-wop, modern pop and R&B. It’s got an old-school vibe taking one back to 1998’s the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and boasts famous voices, including Stevie Wonder, The Dap Kings and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Currently, Day is impressing as the opener for Lenny Kravitz tour where she is working a compelling set from her Cheers to the Fall release.
Carlos Santana is getting closer to finishing the Santana IV project, which reunites members of the 1971 – 72 lineup of the band. But that’s not the only band he plans to launch in 2015.
The guitar legend tells Billboard that he and his wife Cindy Blackman Santana are forming a jazz-fusion group called Supernova that will also include saxophonist Wayne Shorter, keyboardist Herbie Hancock and guitarist John McLaughlin.
“Definitely spring recording and summer touring in Europe and maybe America,” Santana says of their plans. “Can you hear it? It’s kind of like playing with, sharing music with Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, ’cause Wayne and Herbie, they’re at that level of genius, genius, genius, and genius. I’m just grateful that they accept it and want to do it. And every time I play with Cindy, it goes viral. People go crazy. The energy between Cindy and I is very, very supernova.”
Santana IV will feature original Santana members Greg Rolie, Marcus Malone and Michael Carabello, as well as drummer Michael Shrieve and Neal Schon. An album has been recorded and will be mixed during September and Santana expects to have the group on the road next year as well.
“It sounds great,” he says of the set. “There’s so much energy. The songs are so vibrant and I’m really, really grateful. I’ve never heard Greg sound better; we know he can play, but you should hear him singing. His voice has never been better. And Neal is one of the baddest guitar players around. It’s just been a great joy all the way around and we can’t wait for people to hear it.”
JENNIFER NETTLES PLAYS WITH FIRE
Sugarland member Jennifer Nettles announced she is teaming with Scott Borchetta’s label for a fall 2015 headlining tour and album in 2016.
A new single will hit this October from Nettles’ so-far-untitled new album and starting October 23 in Atlanta the singer-songwriter will kick off the Playing With Fire tour, along with openers Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. The trek hits 20 cities and wraps December 13 in Temecula, California.
As part of Sugarland, with partner Kristian Bush, Nettles scored five Billboard No. 1 singles on the country chart. In 2014, she released her first solo album That Girl and earlier this summer debuted the new song Sugar at the Fourth of July festivities in Philadelphia.
Currently, Nettles is filming the NBC TV-movie Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors. She is playing a lead role as Dolly Parton’s mother set to air December 10.
“I have a really close relationship with my mom,” Nettles told Rolling Stone Country recently, “and from what I can tell in the script, she and her mom had a very close relationship too. And her mom recognized her special talent, and her special gift, and the really bright light that she was in the world.”
The Chicago Mob came together in 2009 as a funky, danceable blues and Motown band that really knows how to have a great time. They play everything from the Doobie Brothers to Robert Johnson’s Sweet Home Chicago, and give audiences one heck of a “Mob” shake down. Funk with the Mob on:
– September 5: 3 pm Seminole Casino Immokalee in Immokalee, FL.
– September 10, 20 & 25: 6:30 pm at Rhythm House (formerly Cadillac Jacks) in Fort Myers, FL.
Wonderama is a high-energy pop and dance party music band with an authentic sound. A bit of a “friends and family project,” the five member group fuses Top 40 music with current dance production for a young and energetic sound. Jam with Wonderama on:
– September 8 & 22: 8 pm Seminole Casino Immokalee in Immokalee, FL.
GARY & KERRI
Gary & Kerri is a dynamic musical duo mixing country and rock-n-roll! Gary Harvey is a guitar player that has played with a variety of artists including Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, The Platters, The Coasters and Willie Nelson. Kerri Lynn fell in love with music while singing in her church choir, and since then catapulted into the top 40 scene. She sang backup for Rod Stewart and has musical influences including everything from Patsy Cline to Melissa Etheridge. Enjoy the sweet sounds of Gary & Kerri on:
– September 6 & 20: 3 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.