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Jo Harman is an award winning vocalist, songwriter and bandleader who has performed at some of Europe’s most prestigious venues. The Daily Mirror called her ‘the finest female soul blues vocalist in the UK’ and Huey Morgan said on his Radio 2 programme ‘sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless…I am’. She is widely recognised as one of the finest vocalists and writers to emerge in Europe over recent years, and has the CV, and industry admirers, to back it up.
Her DIY debut album, released in 2013 was picked up V2 Records (Adele, Mumfords) etc in the Low Countries where it made the national album charts (alongside mainstream TV and Radio appearances for Jo). She has played around 100 festivals in recent years – many as headliner – across a number of countries, simply by dint of ‘word of mouth’ reputation, culminating in 4 consecutive appearances at ‘BluesFest’ – resulting in her ‘Jo Harman Live at The Royal Albert Hall recorded by the BBC’ live album. Jo was also one of only 12 (otherwise household name) artists to play ParkPop in the Hague to 300,000 people.
Award-winning Soul and Blues singer-songwriter Jo Harman announces an international tour in support of the 3rd February 2017 worldwide release date for her much anticipated second studio album, People We Become, the follow up to her critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2013 debut ‘Dirt On My Tongue’. As part of this tour, Jo makes her North American debut when she plays Joe’s Pub in New York on Tuesday 28th March – a venue where Amy and Adele made their US debuts, as well as being listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of America’s top ten club venues.
Recorded in Nashville, at Sound Emporium and other noted studios, with acclaimed producer Fred Mollin (Billy Joel, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Johnny Mathis and many more) the album features Michael McDonald on the first single ‘When We Were Young’.
Released worldwide on February 3, 2017, People We Become marks the biggest leap of Harman’s career. To make it, she headed overseas to Nashville, Tennessee, where she found a trusted collaborator in producer Fred Mollin. While a winter storm raged outside, Harman and Mollin holed up inside the city’s famed Sound Emporium Studio for three weeks, focusing on a warm sound — full of upright piano, Rhodes, unaffected bursts of electric guitar, and the soulful sweep of Harman’s voice — that contrasted with the town’s snowy weather. In March Jo will return to Nashville, a fitting start to her first American tour.
People We Become features award-winning players Tom Bukovac, Greg Morrow, and Gordon Mote — as well as a guest appearance by Grammy winning Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers). McDonald lends his harmony vocals to the Seventies-worthy soul of “When We Were Young”. The most striking instrument on the album is Harman’s voice, sharpened by her years on the road, and sounding better than ever.
“I’ve learned how to express myself a bit better, and to convincingly put across the stories that I’m telling,” Harman says. “It’s a natural progression. My voice has matured, in the same way that the songs have matured, and the production has matured. I’ve only ever tried to be me, and that’s what People We Become is. It’s me.”
The album will be released by Sands Foley Entertainment (SFE), distributed by Universal/Caroline, in North America, V2 BeneLux in Netherlands, France, Belgium and Luxembourg, and ‘Total Creative Freedom’, distributed by Proper Music, in the UK and the rest of the world.
It can be pre-ordered now via Pledgemusic, a short film about the making of the record is featured here
JO HARMAN UK ‘PEOPLE WE BECOME’ ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR DATES
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