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Monday, September 17 2018 12:54

Covered: Hear José James & Lalah Hathaway Take On Bill Withers' "Lovely Day"

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There's those songs that just strike the right chord - the ones that each listener can attach to a certain memory... a single moment in time. For me, Bill Withers' 1977 hit "Lovely Day" brings to mind the summer of 2004 - a summer in which I went back in time to work on the set of the Fox Searchlight picture, "Roll Bounce" (yes, the one with Lil Bow Wow). The song was played frequently on the set, but also featured heavily in the film's marketing. An iconic song that always captures a certain warmth, it's been covered many times over the decades, and this week brings one of the best versions yet, with José James joining voices with Lalah Hathaway on new duet version.

Also featuring bassist Pino Palladino, keyboardist Kris Bowers, guitarist Brad Allen Williams, drummer Nate Smith, and a horn arrangement by trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, "Lovely Day" comes from James’ forthcoming album, Lean On Me - a loving tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter in honor of Withers’ 80th birthday year. The album was produced by Blue Note president Don Was and will be released on September 28. 

José James – 2018-2019 Tour Dates:

  • Sept. 22 – Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, CA
  • Sept. 24 – GRAMMY Museum – Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct. 19 – Jefferson Center – Roanoke, VA
  • Oct. 20 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
  • Oct. 26 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
  • Oct. 31 – Billboard Live – Osaka, Japan
  • Nov. 1 – Billboard Live – Tokyo, Japan
  • Nov. 2 – Billboard Live – Tokyo, Japan
  • Nov. 7 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
  • Nov. 8 – Garfield Theatre – La Jolla, CA
  • Nov. 15 – Arts Commons – Calgary, AB
  • Jan. 25 – Berklee Performance Center – Boston, MA
  • Jan. 26-Feb. 2 – Blue Note at Sea
  • Mar. 15 – Chicago Symphony Center – Chicago, IL

Top Photo Credit: Cherry Chill Will

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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