“Wow I’ve never been applauded for vocal runs before. This music allows me to wrap my voice around it. What a special, special night at Town Hall. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it so amazing” – Paul
This singular performance will feature Rodgers along with the all-star Memphis studio musicians that recorded The Royal Sessions at Memphis’ storied Royal Studios performing a full set of the classic soul and R&B songs released in February to critical and fan acclaim.
Paul Rodgers will be accompanied by The Royal Sessions musicians: Reverend Charles Hodges Sr. (Hammond B3), who has played and recorded with Al Green, James Carr, Willie Cobbs, Albert Collins and Boz Scaggs; Leroy Hodges Jr. (bass), who has backed Al Green, Ann Peebles and also appeared on albums by Rufus Thomas,Bobby Rush and Cat Power; Archie “Hubby” Turner (Wurlitzer), who played with The Impalas, Albert King, and currently tours with Cyndi Lauper; Michael Toles (guitar), who has worked with B.B. King, Albert King, Isaac Hayes and more; Steve Potts (drums), who has been included on records and tours to artists from Neil Young to Cat Power. Additionally, Rodgers will be joined by The Royal Singers, three soulful, gospel-rooted vocalists, including Shontelle Norman, Sharisse Norman and Stefanie Bolton, and The Memphis Horns, a multigenerational mix of Memphis’ best blowers, including Marc Franklin (trumpet), James L. Spake (baritone sax), Gary Topper (tenor sax), and Lannie “The Party” McMillan Jr. (tenor sax).
Music Biz presented its Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to Paul Rodgers – frontman, main songwriter and founding member of classic Rock bands Bad Company, Free and The Firm and a Grammy-nominated solo artist – at the Music Biz 2014 Awards Luncheon on May 8, 2014.
“It was an awesome day, beautiful people and a huge honour. Congratulations to Dee Snider, Disney for Frozen soundtrack and Ariana Grande.” Paul Rodgers
“Paul Rodgers is a shining example of everything the Chairman’s Award stands for, as he has not only achieved tremendous success throughout his long career but also continues to produce high-quality music today,” adds Rachelle Friedman, Chairman of the Music Biz Board of Directors. “From guiding three different bands to worldwide success, to launching a successful solo career, to filling in for Freddie Mercury in a new incarnation of Queen, he has proven willing and able to take on any challenge and emerge on top. He is more than deserving of this prestigious award, and I will be honored to present it to him at Music Biz 2014.”
Paul Rodgers sat down with Fox LA’s Studio 11 to talk about The Royal Sessions, his upcoming solo tour and the recently announced Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd tour dates. Watch the interview (original air date April 10, 2014):
“Our wonderful patrons Paul and Cynthia Rodgers are allowing us to use one of the tracks, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)”, from Paul Rodgers fantastic new album “The Royal Sessions” as the background music for our latest appeal for donations!! Please share this video and help us to continue to help animals.” – Willows Animal Sanctuary and Assisted Therapy Unit
The challenged economy has hit animals particularly hard as pet owners struggle to make ends meet. Family pets are being surrendered at an alarming rate.This has placed a huge financial burden on sanctuaries like Willows who rely solely on donations from animal lovers (like you). – Paul and Cynthia Rodgers
TIMES ARE TOUGH BUT TOUGHER FOR ANIMALS
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