| ShowsBoney James performing at Red Hat Amphitheater on September 16 By: Danielle Rode
BONEY JAMES ON TOUR & PERFORMING AT
RED HAT AMPHITHEATER
IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA ON SEPTEMBER 16th
IN SUPPORT OF HIS CHART-TOPPING ALBUM futuresoul
Four-time GRAMMY nominee Boney James’ dynamic futuresoul album burst out of the gate last year as a career high for the multi-platinum selling saxman. Released on May 4, 2015, futuresoul debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz Albums and Contemporary Jazz Albums Charts, where it remained for 11 weeks.
In addition, Boney James is on tour and set to perform at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 16th.
This was James’ career highest Total Billboard Albums debut, at #41, a dramatic achievement for an instrumental artist. The album also debuted at #76 on the Top 200 and bubbled under the Top 20 on Billboard’s Adult R&B songs chart with the crossover single “Either Way,” featuring Stokley.
The New York Times raved, “Boney James performs with panache...His arc as a soloist is emotional...he can paint a scene.” All Music praised futuresoul as a “…lyrical outing that tastefully and thoughtfully melds grooves from the history of smooth and contemporary jazz to modern adult R&B.”
James celebrated this extraordinary chart success with appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Tavis Smiley Show and other national television appearances.
The album’s success has been powered by a two-format radio strategy. The first instrumental single, “Drumline,” held the #1 position for six weeks at Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs and Mediabase Smooth AC, while a second single, “Vinyl,” spent two weeks at #1 and a third single, “A Little Attitude,” also reached the #1 position. In addition, Adult Urban single “Either Way” climbed to #22 on the Billboard Adult R&B chart.
The title track, futuresoul’s fourth single, was serviced to radio on August 1st, with an impact date of August 8th. Co-written and co-produced by neo-soul mainstay Dwele, “futuresoul” is James’ first instrumental collaboration.
His 15th album, futuresoul contains 10 original songs produced and written or co-written by James. Also featured is rising-star trumpet player Marquis Hill (2014 winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition) on the plaintive “Far From Home.” Other notable collaborations on the project are “Drumline” and “Watchu Gon’ Do About It?” with co-writer/co-producer Jairus Mozee (Anthony Hamilton, Robin Thicke).
futuresoul is James’ follow-up to The Beat (2013), which was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Over the years, James has racked up sales of more than three million records, four RIAA gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and 10 CDs atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. In 2009, Billboard named him the #3 Contemporary Jazz Artist of The Decade (trailing just Kenny G and Norah Jones).
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Boney James 2016 Tour Dates
08/30/16 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
08/31/16 Washington, D.C. Wolf Trap Filene Center
09/01/16 Augusta, GA Bell Auditorium
09/02/16 Atlanta, GA Wolf Creek Amphitheater
09/04/16 Puerto Aventuras, Mexico Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
09/10/16 Sacramento, CA Red Lion Hotel Woodlake
09/16/16 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
10/14/16 Newport Beach, CA Back Bay Amphitheater
10/15/16 Avalon, CA Casino Ballroom
10/19/16 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
10/20/16 Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
10/22/16 Mount Pocono, PA Mount Airy Casino
10/23/16 Glenside, PA Keswick Theater
11/04/16 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium
11/10/16 Tucson, AZ Fox Theater
11/11/16 Las Vegas, NV Boulder Station Hotel