From the album «Story of Life» 1999 N-Coded Music Written By, Producer: Jonathan Butler
Arranged By [Strings] – David Diggs Drums – Will Kennedy Electric Piano – Greg Phillinganes Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – George Duke Guitar, Vocals – Jonathan Butler Percussion – Paulinho Da Costa
Born 10 October 1961 in Athlone, Cape Town (South Africa), Butler was only a child when he started singing and playing acoustic guitar.
South African expatriate Jonathan Butler isn't really a jazz artist, but his laid-back, slightly jazz-tinged approach to R&B/pop has earned the singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer a lot of supporters in the urban contemporary, adult contemporary, quiet storm, and smooth jazz/NAC markets.
Butler has enjoyed a following since the late '70s, although he reached his commercial peak in the late '80s, and he continues to tour and record in the 21st century. Butler, who was the youngest of about 12 children, absorbed a variety of music when he was a kid. He was an admirer of South African stars like singer Miriam Makeba, but he was also hip to the American soul and jazz artists who lived thousands of miles away in the United States. Stevie Wonder became a major influence, and so did former-hard bop-guitarist-turned-R&B/pop-singer George Benson.
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