BY BILLY SUTER
BRITISH singer, songwriter and guitarist Jame Morrison is lined up to perform in Cape Town and Johannesburg next year as part of a South African tour that will mark his first performances in this country.
Showtime Management has announced that Morrison will have his first concerts at Montecasino’s Teatro theatre at 8pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 22 and 23. He will then perform at Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Gardens for one concert only at 7pm on Saturday, January 26.
Johannesburg concert tickets range in price from R450 to R850 and are on sale at Computicket. Cape Town tickets cost R650 each and are available at Webtickets.
“I’m super-excited to be heading for South Africa for a few shows next year. It will be my first time playing there and my first gigs in a little while, so I can’t wait to play in Johannesburg and then with the mountains as the backdrop in Cape Town,” Morrison said in a press release.
When Morrison broke onto the scene as a soulful singer-songwriter in 2006 even he couldn’t have predicted that he would become the template that allowed a wave of like-minded musicians to enter the field. Now, almost 10 years on, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and James Bay are all crowding the charts, following the same format; one guy with a great, soulful voice and a guitar.
They’ve all cited him as an influence but does Morrison take some credit for paving the way? “I don’t really see it like that, I was just lucky to be one of the first” says Morrison.
Morrison won the 2007 Brit Award for Best Male when he was just 21. He was also told by veteran soul producer Jerry Wexler that his raspy, gravelly voice, the product of a childhood illness, had its “own thumbprint” and was so distinctive that “once heard, never forgotten”.
His 2008 album, Songs for You, Truths for Me, brought with it a string of Top 10 singles, including the catchy Broken Strings with Nelly Furtado, and his last album, 2011’s Awakening, shot straight to No 1, selling more than a million copies worldwide.
The 34-year-old singer-songwriter has now sold 4.5 million copies of his three albums, and has performed four world tours including sold-out shows to thousands at London’s Hyde Park, supporting both Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. Morrison also appeared on Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning album, The Imagination Project.
This year Morrison has made a new album that is said to be his most honest and powerful set of songs yet. To be released next year, the album explores his relationships as a father, as well as his experiences with dark times and light. Recorded at British Grove and Metrophonic Studios and produced by Mark Taylor (Lady Gaga, Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue), the album sees the return of Morrison to his soulful best.