GRAMMY Award-winning artist Nigel Hall has officially released his highly anticipated studio album Spiritual out today on Regime Music Group. The 14-song album includes features from esteemed artists such as Patrice Rushen, Marcus King, Ryan Zoidis (of Lettuce) & Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band). The vinyl includes a bonus track not available on digital service providers titled “Words”. Download, stream & purchase ‘Spiritual’ HERE.
“This record is a reflection of my final days as an alcoholic and drug addict. It is the most honest collection of music I have ever created, and being able to celebrate that as a sober human being is a tremendous honor. I had a lot to get off my chest, and with this record I feel like I’ve been able to release those feelings and demons that were weighing so heavily on me. Now that Spritual is out in the world, I have a great sense of closure and peace around that chapter of my life. Aside from my children, this record is my proudest accomplishment to date. So as you listen, understand that this record was made with the intention to let go of certain things, so that I could grow. This record is for me.”
Recorded with a back-to-basics approach in Richmond, VA at the world famous Jellowstone Studios, Hall puts an emphasis on channeling the vibe and soul of his music, making himself a conduit of the unique style of jazz-inflected old-school R&B and funk and flows out of him. Hall adds “One of the reasons I wanted to record at Jellowstone is because sonically, we (Butcher Brown) are alike. The rule was if the instruments aren’t older than us (or recorded with that specific intent) we couldn’t use them.”
Throughout his career, he’s built a mighty foundation of funk, onstage and in the studio, proving himself to be a true student of the music. His unique sound, built upon pages torn out of the golden-ages of R&B, funk and soul, have made him the musician he is today; an accomplished vocalist, keyboardist, studio musician, and member of the GRAMMY-nominated funk-jazz-soul-hip-hop-psychedelic-jam- experimental titans Lettuce. Legions of fans are already well in the know about Hall’s copious keyboard chops and powerful vocal style.
"My last record was more of a traditional soul record. I feel like it was a lot of what other people wanted me to sound like. With this album, I didn’t want this to sound like another release. I want people to know that I am my own entity and that I want to explore different areas of music," commented Nigel on the direction of the album. "This record I had full creative control. I feel like every artist records one record in their career for themselves. This one is it for me. I feel like if no one hears this record, I'll still be able to sleep at night because I know there is something real out in the world that I put there."
The 14-song album track list is as follows:
Gotta Go To Work
Baby I Do Love You feat. Patrice Rushen
Change Directions feat. Marcus King
The Spiritual Interlude feat. Ryan Zoidis
People In Search Of A Life
Brother’s Love feat. Jeff Coffin
When I Die
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