Harry Brooks JNR debut album ‘5th Of April’ to be released in September
July 27, 2010 5 Comments
Harry Brooks JNR a superb young English singer/songwriter has just signed to Sony Music Africa!
25 year old Harry Brooks JNR moved to South Africa from the UK in late 2009.
‘I love South Africa’ says Harry, ‘the lifestyle, the weather, the people, the landscapes, and the diverse cultural melting pot, that South Africa is .
Harry’s musical background is an interesting one, based largely in song writing, he’s composed music with Busbee (Nashville, USA), Roger Sanchez, John McLaughlin & Studio B. Harry co-wrote ‘Baby Goodbye’ for Friday Hill which entered the UK Charts at #5 in 2005, he co-wrote ‘Bad Girl (At Night)’ for Dave Spoon feat. Lisa Maffia (whichwas granted the ultimate stamp of approval by becoming Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune & signed immediately by Apollo / Universal, going on to be a massive club hit). Harry has worked with producers like Lee Russell (David Grey, Ryan Adams) & with top Swedish producer Murlyn who produced hit records for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Christina Milian, Celine Dion & Sugababes.
Harry Brooks JNR started work on a solo album some 7 years ago with old friend and fellow musical genius (& producer) Mathias Wollo. Mathias has produced and/or written music for Lemar, Rascall Flatts, Meatloaf, Wiley, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Bananarama & Dannii Minogue, achieving a cluster of Top 5 singles in the UK & US in the process. He started out as a singer/songwriter and was signed up as a recording & live performance artist on V2 Records.
Mathias Wollo played all of the instruments on ‘5th Of April’ and instigated a lot of the songwriting in Nashville, USA with other A-List songwriters.
The album ‘5th Of April’ has been a labour of love, involving a huge amount of song writing & recording over a substantial period of time. ‘The album took a while to bring together’ says Mathias ‘we’re two artists with a strong respect for each others abilities, so we knew we’d finish it eventually’.
Fast forward to 2010, Harry Brooks JNR signs to Sony Music Africa’s South African Music division, resolute that he will begin his career as a recording artist in South Africa. ‘I want to start here’ says Harry, ‘hopefully I can grow alongside South Africa in the world in general over the next few years’.
‘Harry Brooks JNR is an unbelievably gifted artist, of a standard comparable to the very best in the world’ says Sean Watson, head of SA music at Sony Music Africa, ‘we’re expecting to take the current standard of local contemporary music in South Africa to the next level with Harry Brooks JNR…..Harry should be viewed as a local artist as he will be beginning his recording & performance career with us in South Africa, essentially joining the ranks of Sony Music Africa’s South African stars’.
Harry Brooks JNR’s debut album is titled ‘5th Of April’ and is scheduled for release in South Africa in September 2010.
Album single #1 ‘Take Me Home’ goes to radio on July 25th.
The music video for ‘Take Me Home’ was shot & directed by Thomas Ferrera on a 3 day shoot across the beautiful landscapes of South Africa.
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