– 35th Anniversary Tour – featuring new single "The Real Thing" -
Shalamar are pleased to
announce a huge UK
tour from October through to December 2017 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of
the bestselling "Friends" album. With 21 dates already scheduled,
this will be the largest tour that Shalamar will have undertaken since the 1980's.
A new single "The Real Thing" will add spice and be the group’s first
release in over 30 years to feature Howard and Jeffrey and the first with
Carolyn. The single is produced by Leon Sylvers III – the original producer for
Shalamar and the man attributed to creating the “Sound Of Los Angeles”.
“Friends”, the platinum-selling album, featured four top twenty hit singles -
“A Night To Remember”, “Friends”, “There It Is” and “I Can Make You Feel Good”.
The album gained impetus from the legendary Top of the Pops performances by
Jeffrey Daniel who demonstrated the first moonwalk on European TV screens.
Shalamar are regarded as one of the most influential bands of their time,
injecting their unique style, energy and passion into sounds that have commanded
dance floors the world over. “Friends” is the album that helped to cement their
place in musical history.
Shalamar also perform
classic songs such as “Take That To The Bank”, “The Second Time Around”, “Make
That Move”, “I Owe You One”, “Dead Giveaway”, “Right In The Socket”, “Full Of
Fire”, “Sweeter As The Days Go By”, “Over And Over” and “This Is For The Lover
In You”. With 25 million record sales under their belts, Howard and Jeffrey,
along with the newest member Carolyn Griffey drive audiences crazy with a
dynamic blend of funky feel good music.
Shalamar are fronted by 3
Jeffrey Daniel – the man who
taught Michael Jackson the moonwalk and introduced body popping to Europe and
Jeffrey co-choreographed and featured in the “Smooth Criminal” and “Bad” videos
during a creative partnership with The King of Pop that spanned twenty years.
The YouTube video below shows the first ever moonwalk in the UK in 1982. It was then known as
the backslide before MJ renamed this infamous move. JD gained recognition on
the US TV program Soul Train before presenting the UK version of the show – the
6.20 Soul Train. He went on to star in the original West
End cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, playing
Electra. A legendary performer and style icon.
Howard Hewett - a Grammy
award-winning artist voted one of the world's top ten soulful singers of all
time. With a tremendous back catalogue of solo work to complement his Shalamar
activity, Howard has also collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind &
Fire, Anita Baker, LaToya Jackson, Stanley Clarke, Deniece Williams, Rick
James, Johnny Gill, Joe Sample, Babyface, LL Cool J, and George Duke to name
but a few.
Carolyn Griffey - in addition to
performing with Shalamar is a former member of the group Absolute and heir to
the Solar Records dynasty - the Sound of Los Angeles which brought classic RnB
acts onto the world stage including Shalamar, The Whispers, Dynasty, Lakeside,
Midnight Star, Klymaxx, Calloway and Carrie Lucas (Carolyn’s mother).