Keith James has been a noticeable, if slightly undiscovered artist in the UK for around 40 years, concentrating on an individual mode of writing, composition and performance. He has become one of the most active and inventive concert artists with concerts and CD releases centred on his speciality of setting poetry to music, including Federico Garcia Lorca, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, Jack Kerouac, Isabelle Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Leonard Cohen.
Keith’s recent concert tour is based on his lifetime study of Leonard Cohen and has already had 450 dates, playing to around 150,000 people.
This new Album, his 15th record release, may be his most profound to date. Here he has chosen what he believes to be some of the most significant, relevant and wonderfully written modern poetry: Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Kahlil Gibran, Kate Tempest, Pablo Neruda, W H Auden, Lorca and Leonard Cohen.
Keith comments “This album is dedicated to our collective human need to rediscover the pathway of emotional connection, against the current backdrop of leaping advancement in high tech communication; realising that our underwritten wish to be charitable and understanding and our instinctive sense of regard for our own vulnerable fragility is present somewhere within us all.”
The album was produced by Branwen Munn, David Wood and Keith James.