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Jonathan Butler

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At thirteen, Jonathan’s talents caught the ears and eyes of British record producer Clive Caulder. He was signed to Caulder’s Jive Records and as the old cliche goes, the rest is history.

Jonathan’s first single broke down racial barriers, becoming the first song by a black artist to be played by white radio stations in South Africa. Because Jive was headquartered in England, Jonathan decided to move there to focus on his recording career. His commitment to his craft paid off with his self-titled debut album, which received a Grammy nomination for the pop hit “Lies.”

Jonathan’s ability to blend his roots in African music with western pop sensibilities would be a trademark of many albums to follow, though never more refined than in his latest release.

For example, the first single from Jonathan is a rendition of the folk-rock classic “Fire and Rain.” Butler breathes new life into this classic, infusing the vocals with intensity, as subtle as it is powerful. The musical arrangement is lively and soulful, indicative of his roots in World music. “Fire and Rain” is already garnering accolades from top radio programmers. Lori Lewis, program director for WSMJ in Baltimore states, “It literally gave me a lump in my throat. I walked into the studio and introduced it live on air. Vocals this great are really rare.”

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  • luckystoned

    high smooth jazz :)

    10 Jul 2012 Reply
  • JukeBoxHero48

    Love ya, Jonathan...!

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Assedor

    How much sense! How much expression! How much music in this fantastic voice!

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RenataaK

    I love this version "No Woman No Cry".....it's wonderful...

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Delanthia

    jonathan buttler has the smoothes jazz cuts ever. BAAM!

    31 Jul 2010 Reply
  • JoeAzzara

    Added the smooth jazz cuts to my station. Give a listen to my station and send comments.

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • webbzy

    Love the version of "No Woman No Cry" that Jonathan Butler does! Amazing!

    16 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Martynak40

    JB's music is just sooo smooth and relaxing.. Love it..

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • wendell3

    Don't say you love me, 'coz it's my heart you're breakin'. <3 <3 <3

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • muziklvr0162

    Fantastic musician! Soothing vocals and very talented

    11 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ReformatMe

    His cover of No Woman No Cry sent shivers down my spine.

    4 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Wenke_91

    this guy actually sings... it´s like he´s singing sweet love songs to jesus.. love him!

    28 Aug 2008 Reply
  • amran3669

    Yeah i love his music....very relaxing.

    27 Jan 2008 Reply
  • 2Serenity

    His album The Worship Project is awesome! Great to listen to anytime.

    9 Jun 2007 Reply

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