“The power of this album lies in Lawson’s powerful and passionate interpretation of each of the album’s 13 tracks. Not only does he know his way around a song, but he possesses a genius for understanding the heart of the song’s lyrics and singing them straight to the hearts and souls of his listeners.” – Henry Carrigan, No Depression.
“I’ll Come Running Back to You” (Live with Eric Brace & Peter Cooper)
A note from producer Eric Brace about the video:
“We were nearly done with the album when we went into Joe Pisapia’s East Nashville studio with The McCrary Sisters to capture their beautiful voices on five of the songs on Just a Mortal Man. Jerry had flown in from Phoenix to help arrange their stunningly layered parts. He was thrilled to work with the sisters, because they’re the daughters of the Rev. Sam McCrary, founder of the legendary Fairfield Four, who had influenced Jerry so much in his early years. The session was a joy, and after Ann, Deborah, Regina, and Freda had done what they do so well, and said their goodbyes, Jerry and I were in the studio talking. I grabbed one of Joe’s guitars and started strumming a song that Jerry and I have performed together before, “I’ll Come Running Back to You,” done originally by the great Sam Cooke, another huge influence on Jerry. He started singing it, and I asked Joe if he could just “roll tape” for a couple of minutes while we positioned ourselves around the microphone. I shouted for my friend Peter Cooper to come out of the control room and into the studio and face the mic. Jerry jumped in, and nailed it. We were lucky that Stacie Huckeba, our videographer was still rolling, and caught it all. We all loved the results so much that we put this impromptu performance on Just a Mortal Man, putting it at the very end, literally the last thing we recorded for the album — one mic, one guitar, and one astonishing lead vocalist, Jerry Lawson.”
Just weeks before the release of his solo debut album Just a Mortal Man, Jerry was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Contemporary A cappella Society during the Boston Sings! Festival (BOSS), April 11th 2015. The annual awards show is called the Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARAs), and the Lifetime Achievement CARA goes to artists “whose work over the course of a career has been singularly important and influential.”
Jerry’s story is truly miraculous — he was at death’s door just last August having suffered from a torn esophagus. Now he is fully recovered and ready to take his soulful voice, often compared to that of Sam Cooke, on tour.
Read the rest of the press release here: http://shorefire.com/releases/entry/jerry-lawson-receives-lifetime-achievement-award-readies-for-solo-debut-apr
The folks over at Billboard.com have premiered the title track, “I’m Just a Mortal Man” from Jerry’s upcoming album and posted a great interview with Jerry. Click here to read.
Red Beet Records will release Jerry’s solo debut, Just a Mortal Man on April 28.
Sean Altman writes: “Jerry Lawson Is My Father”