Jonathan Butler, South Africa's favourite Grammy nominated son is heading to our Australian shores in February 2012!
Jonathan Butler born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa during the Apartheid era where he started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records.
Butler's first single became the first recording by a black artist to play on the all white radio stations in the racially segregated South Africa. This earned him the highest , South African music award.
The shows will feature Jonathan in a unique setting providing intimate behind the music stories about his hit songs and also classic gems, performing all the songs you have grown to love. The audience will be treated to a special evening where Jonathan will tell stories about his music, writing experiences and memories growing up in South Africa and eventually settling in Los Angeles.
Jonathan began touring at the age of seven when he joined a traveling stage show, and was later signed up to perform on a string of hit recordings, turning him into a local teen idol. In 1978 he found the inspiration and encouragement to begin expressing himself as a composer and songwriter when he joined Cape Town's best known jazz/rock outfit, Pacific Express. Two albums were recorded with the Express personnel, and some Pacific Express songs were later released on the1988 7th Avenue album. All three releases were issued by Mountain Records.
Butler was signed to Jive Records in 1977, and in the early 1980s he moved to the United Kingdom where he remained for seventeen years. His international breakthrough came in 1987 with his Grammy nominated hit single, "Lies" and his cover version of the Staple Singers song "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)", which he performed with Ruby Turner. Butler maintained a loyal following in the 1980s and 1990s, in South Africa, the United States and Europe.
Riverside Theatre, Saturday, 18 February 2012
Tickets on sale now from TICKETEK - 132 849
Robert Blackwood Theatre, Friday, 24 February 2012
Star Theatre, Hilton, Thursday, 23 February 2012
Logan Entertainment Centre, Wednesday 22 February 2012
Seymour Centre, Saturday 25 February 2012
Tickets on sale now from Seymour Centre Box Office on 02 9351 7940