Sarah-Jane Morris – vocals, Henry Thomas – bass guitar, Tim Cansfield – guitar, Tony Remy – guitar, Martym Barker – drums, Adriano Adewale – percussion, John Eacott – trumpet, Suntou Susso – kora, Janine Johnson (+ 2 more) – backing vocals
Sarah-Jane Morris is the British soul, jazz and r&b singer who topped the UK pop charts for a month in 1986 (with The Communards’ disco version of ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’) and then eloquently and joyously sidestepped the mainstream ever after. Morris’s magnificent soul voice and emotional power would have brought multiple Grammy awards and celebrity status to most singers with her charisma and drive. But for over 25 years of a unique career, Morris has steered by her own star, not the music industry’s, and that independence has brought her a devoted audience, inspired by her belief in the power of song to change hearts and minds.
She will be performing songs from Bloody Rain, the ambitious new collection of love-songs, tributes, warnings and protests that she regards as the best album of her life - “…this is a remarkable album…for its ambition, its sound world, its powerful stories and, at its centre, the breath-taking range and timbral richness of Sarah Jane Morris’s voice..” JAZZWISE. The music will make you want to dance whilst asking you to think. She will also be performing her fabulously popular hits. This is the single “Men Just Wanna Have Fun” which will be released in January.
The immensely talented all star band with her on stage will be Martyn Barker (Drums), Tony Remy (acoustic guitar), Tim Cansfield (acoustic guitar), Henry Thomas (acoustic bass guitar), Adriano Adewale (Percussion), John Eacott (trumpet) and Backing vocals from Gianluca de Martini, Otis Coulter and Lilybud Dearsly. See the band in action live below - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEE6KnoLfso.
Her international success includes hits in Japan, Germany, Greece (two #1 records), and Italy, where she was been awarded the key to the city of Verona, honoured with a European Grammy and won the international San Remo song festival.
“A voice that can excite shivers of passion and delight … Soaring, swooping, sensual and sophisticated, this voice is more than a style, it’s a force of nature … Torch song, soul standard or smoky blues, the message remains constant: human passion with a dazzling voice.” (Neil Spencer, The Observer).
“Those in-the-know rate her as one of the world's great jazz-soul vocalists of the past twenty years and more.” (Vogue Italia)