Lisa Stansfield announces a run of dates in October and November 2019 to mark the 30th anniversary release of her debut solo album ‘Affection’.
"At the beginning, there was a little bit of fear about it, but we thought ‘F*ck it, let’s get on with it and see what happens’.”
What happened was a multi-platinum album that, on its release in 1989, went onto sell over 5 million copies worldwide, winning 3 BRIT Awards, 2 Ivor Novello Awards, a Silver Clef Award, an ASCAP Award and, overseas, a Billboard Music Award, a World Music Award, and 2 Grammy nominations. Its singles ‘All Around The World’ (which did indeed become massive across the globe), ‘What Did I Do To You’, ‘Live Together’, ‘You Can’t Deny It’ and ‘This Is The Right Time’ exploded onto the airwaves and introduced Lisa and her unique brand of soul, R&B and Brit-house to the masses.
Now, on its 30th anniversary, the album will be celebrated with a tour that will see Lisa and her prodigious band perform the hits and more from ‘Affection’, alongside favourites and classics from Lisa’s seven subsequent solo records.
“I feel enormously proud of ‘Affection’. I said it then and I’ll say it now. To have a part of yourself floating around out there for everyone to enjoy and knowing so many people still do enjoy it is a huge compliment. The response it has to this day still inspires me to keep pulling music and emotion from myself and share it with others if they want to share it with me. It feels right to celebrate it. Life is a cycle and music is like that. Right now, in this current climate, ‘Affection’ makes complete sense.” Lisa Stansfield.
Jazz Morley Being hailed by Elton John on his Beats1 radio show as, “Representative of the new era of music. Absolutely Fantastic!” is the kind of endorsement that would thrill any young artist. Jazz Morley is no exception, though this young London-based singer has been quietly garnering praise from all quarters with her haunting, powerful original material as her career gently blossoms. With a potent, breathy take on a modern Soul sound, Jazz delivers heartfelt future classics that are rooted in honesty and authenticity and delivered with that unique vocal described by Fearne Cotton at BBCR2 as “soulful and ethereal... absolutely beautiful.”
Whilst no stranger to the live circuit, Jazz Morley has her first major headline show coming up at London’s Omeara on 26 November. Ahead of that, she has been invited by British vocal legend Lisa Stansfield to open up on her October tour across the UK - but also into Europe. Jazz has already supported both Tom Jones and George Benson, whilst also appearing at consecutive Hyde Park British Summer Time shows, headlining the second stage at this year’s Celine Dion show. Wherever she performs, Jazz wins new fans, ELLE Magazine saying, “We fell in love with her smooth-as-silk-voice”.
Gradually becoming a word of mouth breakthrough, with all the metrics swinging into place (streaming on Apple Music and Spotify is now over 10 million), Jazz Morley continues to prove herself one of the most exciting unsigned artists in the UK. She is truly ready to make the great leap forward. Entertainment giants Billboard have already hailed her, “clear penchant for sunset-ready scorchers that could easily soundtrack any top-down drive to the coast”, whilst the Huffington Post added that here is a talent, “Reminiscent of the unconquerable superpower that is Adele.” Whilst that’s flattering, there’s no question that Jazz Morley is taking her own road.
The next release from Jazz Morley will be the ‘Parallel World’ EP. She’s already performed the title track on BBC Radio London leading Carrie Grant to hail her as, “This generation’s Roberta Flack. You are another level!” Adele Roberts, BBC Radio 1 also added, “She’s fantastic, so talented. We think she’s going to be a huge star.” It’s one step at a time for this talented performer, but don’t bet against her.