Title - 'Living My Dream' (Artistry Music)
Artist - Jonathan Butler
As I'm sure you are all aware by now, Jonathan Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is often classified as R&B, jazz fusion or worship music, but his association with the chart has always been golden.
With a lot of road in between, Butler first brought himself to us on Introducing Jonathan Butler (1985) and here in 2014 we get his 22nd album, Living My Dream on Artistry Records.
Living My Dream is a fantastic mix of R&B vocals and instrumentals including the collaboration with George Duke written and recorded in his final days, the meditative instrumental, 'Be Still.'
That said, the album also begins with an instrumental, 'African Breeze,' which Butler wrote some 30 years ago now for the 'Jewel of the Nile' movie soundtrack. Continuing onwards and we get the title track, 'Living My Dream,' which oozes some cultured Stevie Wonder vibes, and that is backed by the aforementioned 'Be Still,' and then the gentle guitar work of 'Let There Be Light.'
About this brand new album, Butler himself has said, "Each album is a page of your life and this is the season of Jonathan Butler, the season of me. It took years for me to be able to use the term ‘living my dream.’ I had to grow in my confidence and comfort and security first.” Speaking candidly, Butler even added, "It’s one of those albums that I really didn’t think I had in me!"
Well, I for one am very glad he not only had it in him but brought it to the fire, because Living My Dream is spectacular! Simply put, Living My Dream is the perfect album for Sundays - every single one of them!
Moving on and the free flowing, heartfelt 'Heart and Soul' is next and is followed by the highly infectious R&B-pop cut, 'Song for You.' The laid back electric guitar instrumental, 'Catembe' is next, with the late night romantic ode, 'Night to Remember' close behind. The album is then brought to a close with the love fest 'All About Love,' the first composition Butler wrote for Living My Dream, 'Sweet Serenade,' and then finally the perfect blend of soaring melodies and fluid guitar work of 'A Prayer.'