Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke

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new Record June 2008 on Shout!/Sony

Biography

Solomon Burke is truly one of popular music’s larger-than-life figures. His records helped create the exhilarating celebration of pure feeling and African-American vocal expression that came to be known as Soul. His songs have been covered by artists from the Rolling Stones to Tom Petty, from the Blues Brothers to Bruce Springsteen; his contemporaries, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown and Wilson Pickett. “He is Solomon the resonator,” Tom Waits has said. “The golden voice of heart, wisdom, soul, and experience. He’s one of the architects of American music.”

After his 2001 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Burke has enjoyed something of a renaissance as a performer (while also maintaining his parallel lives as an entrepreneur with a chain of mortuaries, a bishop in the House of God for All People, and a father of 21). His glorious 2002 album DON’T GIVE UP ON ME, produced by Joe Henry and dedicated to new songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Van Morrison, won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Since then, Burke has made numerous television appearances, performed at the Vatican three times, collaborated in the studio with the likes of Junkie XL, Zucchero, Dave Koz, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, and Derek Trucks, been featured in the acclaimed documentary Lightning in a Bottle, toured extensively in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Europe including performances with the Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, and Van Morrison, and in such historic locations as the Ryman Auditorium, the Vienna Opera House, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece and five performances at the Royal Albert Hall since 2003.

In 2006, Burke recorded his first complete country CD, NASHVILLE, which includes the Grammy-nominated performance by Burke and Dolly Parton of her song "Tomorrow is Forever" as well as duets with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Patty Loveless, Gillian Welch, and produced by Buddy Miller.
Most recently, Burke released LIKE A FIRE with songs written for him by Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Jesse Harris and Keb’ Mo’.

Burke’s charisma, dynamics and golden voice have made his performances de rigueur for top class music festivals, private events and concert halls around the world, providing the connection from the birth of soul music to today’s contemporary music.

Discography

Like A Fire - Shout!/Sony (2008)
Make Do With What You Got - Shout!/Sony (2005)
Don't Give Up On Me -- Fat Possum Records (2002)

Set List

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