Howard Jones Solo - The Songs And The Stories is an intimate trip through Howard's 30-year music career. Many of his best known songs were composed on his favorite instrument, the piano, and these solo shows will find Howard performing them solo with piano only. Howard shares behind-the-scenes stories and reveals the inspiration behind the songs in these rare stripped-down shows. Of these special dates, Howard commented, “I love the piano shows as it gives me a chance to revisit my songs and give them a new twist, and tell some tales along the way.”
It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first
burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very
English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought
provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very
first single ‘New Song’. The lyrics called on the
listener to challenge their preconceived ideas, to see
both sides and ‘throw off your mental chains’. New Song
was recently used in a pivotal scene in ‘Breaking Bad’
where Aaron Paul’s character Jessie Pinkman questions if
he wants to ‘play by the rules’. New Song peaked at
number 3 in the UK singles charts.
Along with ‘New Song’, The first two albums, ‘Humans Lib’ and ‘Dream into Action’, brought Howard a host of hits including ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, ‘What is Love?’, ‘Pearl In The Shell’, ‘Like to Get To know You Well’, ‘Hide And Seek’ (performed at Live Aid), ‘Look Mama’ and ‘No One Is To Blame’, which reached No.1 in the US. Howard has sold over 8 million albums across the globe and is one of a select group of British artists who have comprehensively ‘broken America’.
Howard’s synthesizer-driven debut influenced a new generation of electronic and dance musicians. Widely regarded as a pioneer of synths such as the Roland Juno 60, Jupiter 8 and Moog Prodigy he has worked with contemporary electronic artists such as Ferry Corsten, Eric Prydz and most recently Cedric Gervais. Howard enjoyed 14 weeks in the billboard dance chart top 40 in 2013 with his collaboration with Cedric on a new version of ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. Howard continues to operate at the forefront of music technology in both his live shows and productions.
Howard Jones has earned a reputation within the music industry for pioneering the ‘independent artist DIY’ approach, developing the essential connection between artist and fans. Howard was the first artist to make a recording of that nights gig available on CD to purchase. The CD would even feature digital artwork of photos taken during the gig. His latest project ‘Engage’ is entirely music fan funded with money raised via studio visits, the creation of personalised ‘Piano Solo’s’ composed specifically for fans and a unique “arthouse” interactive book.
Howard Jones continues to tour across the world every year performing to many hundreds of thousands of music fans. In 2015 Howard has also been performing numerous intimate solo shows entitled ‘The Songs – The Piano – The Stories.’ The shows take the audience on a personal trip through Howard's 30 year music career. Many of his best known songs were composed on his favourite instrument; the piano. At these shows Howard shares behind the scenes stories and reveals the inspiration behind the songs.
A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage is one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year throughout the US, UK, & Europe. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals. and improvisational audience interaction. Sage has shared stages with Beth Hart, Howard Jones, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jamie Cullum, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. Her latest full-length album on MPress Records is "Choreographic"; she has also recently released an EP of songs inspired by the current sociopolitical landscape called "The Tide", proceeds from which benefit American Refugee Committee. For more information, visit rachaelsage.com.