Jonathan Butler’s 22nd studio album, 2014’s Living My Dream, showcases the South African-born singer/guitarist/songwriter’s distinctive smooth jazz and R&B sound. Joining Butler here are such musical luminaries as bassist Marcus Miller, saxophonist Elan Trotman, guitarist/songwriter Dennis Dodd, Jr., and Butler’s daughter, vocalist Jodie Butler, who duets with her father on “Night to Remember.” Featured on the album is the song “Be Still,” which Butler co-wrote with George Duke prior to the legendary keyboardist’s passing in 2013. Also included is the leadoff single “African Breeze,” originally written for the 1985 adventure-comedy Jewel of the Nile and reworked with a more contemporary flair by Butler for Living My Dream.
Born: October, 1961 in Cape Town, South Africa
Years Active: ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s
South African expatriate Jonathan Butler isn’t really a jazz artist, but his laid-back, slightly jazz-tinged approach to R&B/pop has earned the singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer a lot of supporters in the urban contemporary, adult contemporary,…