It’s been a minute since Chicago native and Blues Music Award Winner, BigLLou Johnson has released any new blues music. Not that he hasn’t been in the studio though. Au contraire, he practically lives in his own home studio in Los Angeles where he has a busy voice-over career.
Some may know him best as the Voice Host of one of the biggest blues stations in the world, B.B. King’s Bluesville on Sirius-XM, a gig he’s had since Sirius and XM merged. He was chosen by the original and legendary Program Director, Bill Wax.
The two became great friends and it was Bill who encouraged him to record his first blues album. Bill also invited him to co-host the Blues Music Awards and that’s where he met the blues legend Mr. Bobby Rush who gave him the advice, “When you make a record… make sure you put your name in it so folks will remember you.” And that’s how the Blues Music Award winning album, They Call Me Big LLou, came into being. BigLLou took home the award for “Best New Artist” in 2013. In 2017 he was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame and in 2020, the production “Mushroom & the Forest of the World” an animated short on the Cartoon Network, received an EMMY nomination, for which his voice was featured.
BigLLou’s rich baritone voice has appeared on nearly a dozen “OPPs”… other people’s projects, since the release of his award-winning debut, including Bobby Rush and Blind Dog Smokin’s Decisions, Columbia Records’ hip hop artist Raury, and BigLLou’s own follow up to his first R&B recording, The LongShot Sessions – II, among them.
Like most performing artists during the pandemic, he’s been sidelined from live performances which have included stage shows with his “BluesVIlle Revue” in addition to hosting blues events in the US and abroad. He’s a regular host on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise where he produced and starred in the stage show “Nothin’ But the Blues.’
Now forward to 2020 — America is divided and in the throngs of a pandemic, so BigLLou thought that this was as good a time as any to finish the album he’d been working on, off and on for years. Fans no longer have to wait with the release of his latest single, “SunShine On Yo Face”. It is the first release from the upcoming album, Big Man – The Legend of BigLLou, on GoldenVoice Audio Recordings.
Llou co-produced Big Man – The Legend of BigLLou with his longtime producing & writing partner Keith Stewart, a former member of the popular 70’s R&B group Heaven & Earth. The music for “Sunshine” was recorded in Chicago and BigLLou did the vocals from his home studio.
“SunShine On Yo Face,” is the first acoustical recording from BigLLou since he sang with his traditional gospel group “Phava” over 15 years ago. “It’s a simple little ditty that we hope listeners will latch on to and remember when they need a break from all of the crap; plus it kinda sticks in your head after you hear it a few times and fills listeners’ hearts with love and hope. The other nine tracks on Big Man were recorded in Memphis and have some heavy hitt’n blues players… “can’t say who just yet, but I hope my bluesy friends like it,” says BigLLou.
“SunShine On Yo Face” has been submitted to the Blues Foundation for single consideration for the 2021 BMAs. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the single will benefit their Covid-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund through his GoldenVoice Audio Foundation to financially help individuals and organizations that support blues music and the musicians.
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