A love letter to Stevie Wonder’s 5 star masterpiece on its 40th anniversary
Grammy Award winner Macy Gray returns with a brand new album, and it’s a special one! “Talking Book” is a love letter to its creator Stevie Wonder, released in time for the 40th Anniversary of this 5 Star masterpiece. To accompany the new release Macy will be performing Talking Book in full at KOKO on December 20th as well as some classics from her incredible back-catalogue.
“Talking Book” is one of my top five favorite albums of all time, and Stevie is my favorite. Released October 28, 1972, 2012 marks the album’s 40th birthday. This is my own personal birthday gift to Stevie Wonder, for all that I learned from him and for his miraculous songs that change my life every time I hear them. This is not a tribute album or concert, it’s a love letter and a big thank you card on record and on stage” – Macy Gray.
A gifted songwriter and dazzlingly singular singer, the mom of three teenagers has been overturning fan expectation and industry formula since kicking off her music career with her debut 1999 CD, On How Life Is. That musical calling card spawned the classic single “I Try,” and both the CD and single were massive global hits. They kicked off a career ride that includes two Grammys, two MTV awards, over 15 million units sold, and a thriving acting career.
What awards and sales figures fail to illustrate is the depth and breadth of Macy’s artistry. In an industry that is increasingly stifling of real artists, she’s forged her own vision, creating music that leaps genre barriers from experimental soul to alternative rock, from retro-disco to hip-hop. Her artistic integrity and innovativeness has won her fans across the world, including artists such as John Frusciante, Erykah Badu, Gang Starr, Mos Def, and Pharoah Monche, all of whom have collaborated with her.
Event: Macy Gray presents “Talking Book”
Line-up: Macy Gray + special guests
Date: Thurday 20 December 2012
Address: 1a Camden High Street, NW1 7JE
Tickets: £30 advance, More On The Door
Available from: www.soundcrashmusic.com / www.capitalmusicevents.com / www.koko.uk.com