CD | Jazz | 08 Mar 2019
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With two #1 UK albums, five Top 10 singles, a BRIT Award, a platinum album in Australia (for Undiscovered) and 7 million sales, James Morrison is one of the biggest success stories of his era. He’s now set for an exciting new chapter in his career with the release of his new album You’re Stronger Than You Know on March 8 via Stanley Park Records.
The album is previewed with the release of its lead single My Love Goes On. An impassionate modern soul anthem, the conversational confessional finds Morrison’s once-in-a-generation vocals complemented by Joss Stone. Their connection goes back to when she presented him with the BRIT Award for British Male Solo Artist in 2007.
The track is accompanied by an official video, which captures a beautiful performance from James and Joss in a recording studio in Chicago. “I always love working with people, especially when they have a wicked voice like Joss,” he says. “She’s from the same musical heritage as me. I'm excited to celebrate soul music with another artist who is recognised for soul.” Harking back to the Stax and Motown eras that he loves, You’re Stronger Than You Know is the album that James Morrison has always wanted to make. Vocally he’s never sounded better, with his honest songwriting inspiring a voice that exudes power, tenderness and experience.
His band, meanwhile, hit that life-affirming sweet spot between rambunctious energy and tight musicianship. While the album possesses some darker moments, the overriding feeling is that it offers a beacon of positivity in a climate of bad news. You wouldn’t guess that these songs emerged from such a turbulent time in his life.
For the first time in his career, Morrison made the record with one producer (Mark Taylor) which infuses it with a cohesiveness that’s a hallmark of all of the classic albums. British Grove Studios in London provided the perfect location for recording with a balance between vintage equipment and modern technology.
The core of the album was recorded within a week, before a second was spent adding the finishing touches – overdubs, backing vocals and horns.
Title: You're Stronger Than You Know
Release Date: 08 Mar 2019
Artist: James Morrison
Catalogue No: SPM0010CD
1. My Love Goes On (featuring Joss Stone)
2. Brighter Kind Of Love
3. So Beautiful
4. Feels Like The First Time
9. I Still Need You
10. Don’t Wanna Lose You Now
11. Cross The Line
12. Until The Stars Go Out