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Published on September 22nd, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Boney James On His New Album “Detour,” Nicknames, Career Goals & More

Over the last 30 years, critically-acclaimed composer, conductor, orchestrator, arranger and trumpeteBoney James has released a staggering 18 studio albums. A dozen of those albums have landed at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart, some of which ultimately becoming RIAA Gold-certified. 2015’s futuresoul spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and was reportedly the best-selling Contemporary Jazz Record of 2015. Sales accolades aside, James has earned four Grammy nominations, two NAACP Image Award nominations and a Soul Train Award.

Boney James’ latest album is Detour, as being released tomorrow, September 23, 2022, via the Concord Music Group; its vinyl edition is set for release early next year on January 13, 2023. Back in July, the album’s debut single “Bring It Back” was released, as featuring Dontae Winslow. The new 10-song collection is a subtle stylistic turn that builds on the commercial success of 2020’s Solid, which was James’ highest charting release ever on the pop charts. Detour also featuring vocals from 5-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathway, co-production from writer/producer, Jairus “J-Mo” Mozee (Anderson.Paak, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Hamilton), keyboards from Tim Carmon (Eric Clapton), drums from Omari Williams, bass work from Alex Al, percussion contributions from Lenny Castro, and guitars via Big Mike Hart and Paul Jackson Jr. Prior to Detour hitting stores, James notably headlined the iconic Los Angeles, California venue known as the Hollywood Bowl last month on August 28, 2022.

On August 3, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Boney James again, this time via Zoom and embedded below. More on James can be found online by clicking here, here, here and here.


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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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