Be still my beating heart – no really… Showtime Management earlier this week announced that James Morrison will be in SA in January and once I had recovered from my faint – I immediately made sure I had the Joburg dates blocked off in my diary and then of course got online to share this with my readers on my platforms.

British singer-songwriter and guitarist James Morrison (who literally does make me breathless) will perform in South Africa for the first time, early next year in not only Jozi but in Cape Town too!

Montecasino’s Teatro will see him on stage on Tuesday, 22 January and Wednesday, 23 January at 20h00 thereafter moving to Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Garden for one concert only at 19h00 on Saturday, 26 January 2019. Ticketing deets below…

“I’m super excited to be heading to South Africa for a few shows next year! It’ll be my first time playing there and my first gigs in a little while, can’t wait to play in Johannesburg and then with the mountains as the backdrop in Cape Town’s Botanical Garden” says James Morrison.

The 34-year-old singer-songwriter has now sold 4.5 million copies of his three albums, performed four world tours including sold-out shows to thousands at London’s Hyde Park, supporting both Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder and appeared on Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-winning album ‘The Imagination Project’.

When James Morrison broke onto the scene as a soulful singer-songwriter in 2006 even he couldn’t have predicted that he would become the template that allowed a wave of likeminded musicians to enter the field. Now, almost ten years on, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and James Bay are all crowding the charts, following the same format; one guy with a great, soulful voice and a guitar. They’ve all cited him as an influence but does Morrison take some credit for paving the way? “I don’t really see it like that, I was just lucky to be one of the first” says Morrison.

Despite his self-deprecation and humble nature, he really was the first to take that format and not only make it work but also became an overnight success story. Pop gems like ‘You Give Me Something’ from his first record ‘Undiscovered’, made him anything but and he won the 2007 BRIT Award for Best Male when he was just 21 years old. He was also told by the veteran soul producer Jerry Wexler that his raspy, gravelly voice, the product of a childhood illness, had its “own thumbprint” and was so distinctive that “once heard, never forgotten”.

2008’s ‘Songs for You, Truths for Me’ brought with it a string of Top Ten singles, including the phenomenally catchy ‘Broken Strings’ with Nelly Furtado, with his last album, 2011’s ‘Awakening’ shooting straight to number one, selling over one million copies worldwide.

At the Concert for Diana in 2007, Morrison performed the songs “Wonderful World” and “You Give Me Something” in honour of Princess Diana. Morrison has collaborated with Jason Mraz (who performed on the same stage at Montecasino’s Teatro in 2015) on the track “Details in the Fabric” on Mraz’s studio album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Morrison worked on Demi Lovato’s third album Unbroken, released in 2011.

Ticketing Info…

Johannesburg: Montecasino’s Teatro

20h00 – Tuesday, 22 January and Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Prices: R450, R500, R600, R700, R850

Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest Computicket service centre.

Cape Town: Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

19h00 – Saturday, 26 January 2019

Webtickets on www.webtickets.co.za

Prices: R650

For more information, please visit: http://www.showtime.co.za

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