By Eunice Moseley
“In this climate music is more important,” said Boney James, a four-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist, about touring constantly. His current tour, “Honestly” arrives in my home state of Maryland Sunday, November 24, 2019 in Annapolis at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA). “I love it. I still love it. It’s been since 1985.”
Less than six months ago he performed at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, Maryland to two sold-out crowds. Now the three-time platinum-selling musician is coming back to Maryland. This performance will include his hits, as well as songs from his 2017 “Honestly” album release, which was his 16th album. “Honestly” reached #1 on Billboard and stayed there for four weeks. The title track “Honestly” features vocal assistance from Avery*Sunshine.
“I’m already working on the next,” Boney said about his next album.
Aside from the “Honestly” single, the “Honestly” album also released three other singles which reached #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart – “Tick Tock,” “On The Prowl,” and “Up All Night.” The “Honestly” album debuted at #22 on the Billboard Current Album Chart, which is noted as rare for an instrumental artist.
Since 1992 Boney James has sold over three million albums and has four certified RIAA Gold albums. In 2009 James was noted as one of three top-selling Jazz artists of the decade by Billboard, along with Kenny G and Norah Jones.
“When we started touring (for ‘Honestly’) I went into my archives. I have 16 records. And I resurrected some older songs and fans seem to like them,” Boney said. When asked what we can expect him to play on the “Honestly Tour” he said, “You have your favorites you play…If they grooving to the music that’s all we want.”
Boney James “Honestly Tour” heads to Alexandria, Virginia on November 25th after his Maryland Hall for The Creative Arts performance, and the ends it in Austin, Texas on November 29th. www.BoneyJames.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Eunice is founder of the annual “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), into its 20th year. Next event dates include Los Angeles Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (511) and Baltimore Saturday April 18, 2020, held in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times. The free conference offers an Entertainment Business Panel and a Talent Showcase and Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services to selected artists. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to participate as a panelist or talent call 562-424-3836.