Filmed on June 23, at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City, this hour long special features Rodgers –along with the all-star Memphis studio musicians that recorded The Royal Sessions at Memphis’ storied Royal Studios – performing classic soul and R&B songs released in February to critical and fan acclaim.
Additionally, Rodgers and The Royal Sessions have been accepted for consideration in numerous GRAMMY categories including: Rock Performance (“Born Under a Bad Sign”), Record of the Year (“I Can’t Stand the Rain”), Traditional R&B (“I Can’t Stand the Rain” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”), American Roots Performance (“I Thank You”), Album of the Year (The Royal Sessions), Americana Album (The Royal Sessions), Package (The Royal Sessions), Album Notes (The Royal Sessions), Engineer/Album of the Year (William Whittman for The Royal Sessions) and Producer of the Year (Perry Margouleff for The Royal Sessions).
“My Front and Center special was special indeed. They provided a dazzling setting for all The Royal Sessions musicians from Memphis, and myself, to dig into the tracks from the album. Visually and aurally the show came off beyond my expectation. Everyone worked together to capture the same magic that we captured and recorded on the album. Absolutely a night in my life to remember and I’m thrilled that we can share it with the fans.” – Paul
Onstage at Front and Center, Paul is accompanied by The Royal Sessions musicians: Reverend Charles Hodges Sr. (Hammond B3), Leroy Hodges Jr. (bass), Archie “Hubby” Turner (Wurlitzer), Michael Toles (guitar), Steve Potts (drums). Additionally, Rodgers was 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).
For more inforamtion about the Front And Center music series and for U.S. local listings and air times visit www.FrontAndCenter.com
Watch previews of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Walk On By” from Paul’s “Front and Center” episode: