First Listen: Boney James and Avery Sunshine deliver a winner "Honestly"

(August 9, 2017) It’s been a full quarter-century since we first heard him, and now, longtime SoulTracks favorite, saxophonist Boney James, is releasing his 16th album, Honestly. And the new album shows an artist who is driven to perfection.

(August 9, 2017) It’s been a full quarter-century since we first heard him, and now, longtime SoulTracks favorite, saxophonist Boney James, is releasing his 16th album, Honestly. And the new album shows an artist who is driven to perfection.

I’m fighting the good fight to be my own artist and not be pigeonholed,” says the genre-blurring James. “With a record’s title I always try to find something that will communicate the feeling I get when I listen to it. The feeling I get with this music is a sense of sincerity and intimacy. The word “honestly” really reflects how I aspire to live my life and create my music. One of the great things about music is how powerful it is. It can totally transport people. These are interesting times we are living in and the one thing I can do with the skills that I have is make music that evokes a feeling and takes people somewhere…to do what I can to try and make the world a more pleasant place.”

For Honestly, James recruited collaborators and musicians whose work he admires, and nowhere is it more evident than on the fantastic, sexy title track, featuring SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award winner Avery*Sunshine. The gliding ballad is an absolute winner, and a great way to introduce SoulTrackers to the album, which comes out in a few weeks. Check it out below. It is our newest First Listen.

Boney James feat. Avery Sunshine - "Honestly"

 
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