Jonathan Butler Releases Holiday Album

Multiple Grammy nominee Jonathan Butler releases his new Christmas album "Christmas Together" on Oct. 4. Jonathan has several high-profile jazz players on the project, which explains the "Together" title. The guest artists include Sheléa, Dave Koz, Keiko Matsui, Kirk Whalum, among many others. The record features holiday classics, done in the Jonathan Butler style, and one new song that was co-written by Jonathan, "Love Is." 

Jonathan Butler began his music as a seven-year-old singing phenomenon in his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa. At this tender age, Butler joined the traveling cast of "The Lion King," with his sister and brother. At 12 years old, Butler left the touring circuit and recorded his first album that garnered him a Best New Artist GRAMMY in South Africa. A decade, Butler moved to London, England and released his first international album. The project had GRAMMY nominations for Best R&B Song ("Lies") and Best Jazz Song ("Going Home"). Butler went on to release 24 albums, with his Warner Bros. album, "Surrender," reaching gold status in South Africa. Butler eventually moved to America and currently lives in Southern Calif. with his wife and two children. He maintains an active tour schedule and brings his high energy stage performances to fans around the world.

Butler was born into poverty, living in a shack with his parents and 12 brothers and sisters. Because of his background, Butler started the Jonathan Butler Foundation to fund music education programs to give at-risk children in South Africa tools and direction. Recently, the foundation's work has been fully integrated into the Lalela Foundation, a similar but larger charitable entity based in South Africa. The move will be able to provide greater infrastructure and on-the-ground local support staff in order to accommodate more children with additional programs.

"Christmas Together" Track Listing
1. Winter Wonderland
2. Mary, Did You Know
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. Joy to the World
5. Deck The Halls
6. We Three Kings
7. Love Is
8. O Come O Come Emmanuel
9. Away In A Manger
10. Jingle Bells

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