Genre-blurring artist Boney James is once again making a big impact on the charts with his new release HONESTLY as the album debuts at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz charts. In addition, HONESTLY bows at #22 on the Billboard Current Albums chart (Boney’s highest debut to date) pointing to another round of huge success for the 4-time GRAMMY nominated artist.
“Honestly,” the first R&B single from the album (featuring vocalist Avery*Sunshine) breaks onto the Adult Urban charts this week with a bullet, landing at #30 on the Mediabase UAC chart.
“Tick Tock,” the first instrumental single from the album, surges 15 – 8* on the Mediabase Smooth AC Chart today. It is one of four songs co-written and co-produced with Jairus Mozee (Anthony Hamilton, Robin Thicke) and features horn arrangements by Jerry Hey, who worked on Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, amongst others.
The album HONESTLY follows futuresoul, James’ 2015 release, which spent eleven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. This release also marks his 25th anniversary as a solo artist.
Over the years, James has racked up sales of more than three million records, four RIAA gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and now 11 CDs atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. In 2009, Billboard named him one of the Top 3 Contemporary Jazz Artists Of The Decade along with Kenny G and Norah Jones.
With HONESTLY, as with futuresoul and the GRAMMY-nominated The Beat before it, Boney James is making some of the most stellar, wholly realized music of his career. “I’ve just grown up, personally and musically,” he says. “These are interesting times we are living in. The one thing I can do with the skills that I have is to 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”
Boney will be touring throughout the U.S with dates into 2018.
2017 Tour Dates
9.15 Louisville, KY Iroquois Amphitheatre
9.23 Sacramento, CA The Hangar At McClellan
9.24 Temecula, CA Thornton Winery
10.6 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley
10.7 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley
10.8 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley
10.13 Glenside, PA The Keswick Theatre
10.14 Rehoboth Beach, DE Rehoboth Jazz Fest
10.15 Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theatre
10.17 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
10.19 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
10.20 New York, NY BB Kings
10.21 Rockville Centre, NY Madison Theatre at Molloy College
10.22 Cranston, RI Park Theatre
10.31 Raleigh NC Meymandi Concert Hall
11.1 Greensboro, NC Carolina Theatre
11.4 Miami, FL South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
11.5 New Brunswick, NJ Hub City Jazz Fest
11.18 Las Vegas, NV The Foundry
12.31 Newport Beach Hyatt Regency
2018 Tour Dates
1.14 Tampa, FL Black Heritage Music Festival
2.10 – 2.18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Smooth Jazz Cruise
3.10 – 3.17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Smooth Jazz Cruise
4.5 Buffalo, NY Buffalo State Performing Arts Center
4.6 Colingswood, NJ Scottish Rite Auditorium
4.7 Reading, PA Santander Performing Arts Center
4.11 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
4.12 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
4.13 New Haven, CT John Lyman Center