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Boney James On Tour & Set To Perform At Buffalo State Performing Arts Center In Buffalo, NY On Sun. April 14th

Four-time GRAMMY Award nominee and multi-platinum musician Boney James announced the first onsales of his Honestly Tour Spring 2019. Having already played over seventy dates since the record’s release, the dynamic saxophonist has added an additional twenty shows for April 2019. The genre-blurring artist continues to ride the waves made by his latest album, Honestly.

James’ sixteenth release dominated the #1 spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for four weeks. In addition to topping the Billboard Jazz Albums Charts, Honestly also was a career high Billboard Current Albums Chart debut for James landing at #22, a rare feat for an instrumentalist. Honestly followed futuresoul, James’ 2015 release, which spent eleven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.

One year after release, the album is continuing to have great success at Radio. A Top 20 Urban AC crossover, the title track “Honestly” featuring Avery*Sunshine, plus three consecutive #1 singles at Smooth AC and Smooth Jazz; “Tick Tock”, “On The Prowl” and “Up All Night”. The fourth single “Kicks” was released to radio at the end of last year.

Since his 1992 debut as a solo artist James has racked up sales of more than three million records, four RIAA gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, a Soul Train Award, nominations for two NAACP Image Awards and now 11 CDs atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. In 2009, Billboard named him one of the top three Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade along with Kenny G and Norah Jones.

With Honestly, as with futuresoul and the GRAMMY-nominated The Beat before it, James is making some of the most stellar, wholly realized music of his career. “I’ve just grown up, personally and musically,” he says. “We are living in interesting times. The one thing I can do with the skills that I have is to make music that evokes feelings. I’m doing what I can to try and make the world a more pleasant place.”

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