2015 will see Howard Jones launch his brand new, and most ambitious project to date ‘Engage’. Engage is a multi media CD & DVD release incorporating visuals music and an interactive live show. Engage embraces electronica, contemporary classical, cinematic and pop music influences, and fuses it with ballet, modern dance, and philosophy. “I didn’t want to think of just another studio album or another live concert DVD, I wanted to liberate myself from conventional song structures. I wanted cinematic textures, big sub-bass moments, and dramatic coordinated visuals.” HJ
It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very first single ‘ New Song’. The lyrics called on the listener to challenge their preconceived ideas, to see both sides and ‘throw off your mental chains’. New Song was recently used in a pivotal scene in ‘Breaking Bad’ where Aaron Paul’s character Jessie Pinkman questions if he wants to ‘play by the rules’. New Song peaked at number 3 in the UK singles charts.
Along with ‘New Song’, The first two albums, ‘Humans Lib’ and ‘Dream into Action’, brought Howard a host of hits including ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, ‘What is Love?’, ‘Pearl In The Shell’, ‘Like to Get To know You Well’, ‘Hide And Seek’ (performed at Live Aid), ‘Look Mama’ and ‘No One Is To Blame’, which reached No.1 in the US. Howard has sold over 8 million albums across the globe and is one of a select group of British artists who have comprehensively ‘broken America’.
As a result of Howard’s Synthesiser driven debut he has become an inspirational figure in modern electronica and dance music. Widely regarded as a pioneer of Synths such as the Roland Juno 60, Jupiter 8 and Moog Prodigy he has worked with contemporary electronic artists such as Ferry Corsten, Eric Prydz and most recently Cedric Gervais. Howard enjoyed 14 weeks in the billboard dance chart top 40 in 2013 with his collaboration with Cedric on a new version of ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. Howard continues to operate at the forefront of music technology in both his live shows and productions. At the same time he continues to explore his classical roots composing choral music and working with choirs.
Howard Jones has also become an inspirational figure within the music industry for pioneering the ‘artist DIY’ approach developing the essential connection between artist and fans. Howard was the first artist to make a recording of that nights gig available on CD to purchase. The CD would even feature digital artwork of photos taken during the gig. His latest project ‘Engage’ is entirely music fan funded with money raised via studio visits, the creation of personalised ‘Piano Solo’s’ composed specifically for fans and a unique “arthouse” interactive book.
Howard Jones continues to tour across the world every year performing to many hundreds of thousands of music fans. His current high tech band features Jonathan Atkinson on electric drums and Robbie Bronnimann on sequencing and additional keyboards. Highlights of 2014 were a 20 date North American tour including a stand out show at The Greek in LA along with numerous festival appearances in the UK. 2015 will see Howard perform his new multi media show ‘Engage’ at The indigo at the 02’ in London and The Saban Theatre in LA. The show incorporates specially commissioned visuals, projected both in front and behind the band and invites the audience to participate through smart phone apps, customised clothing, and fluorescent makeup.
Howard Jones Launches Engage along with playing his greatest hits set at the following two shows in 2015:
FRIDAY 20th Feb indigo at the 02, London , UK
Friday 27th Feb Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
The Howard Jones PledgeMusic Campaign reached 100% of target with over 2 months prior to the campaign being completed.
For more info on Howard Jones contact:
Press: Sharon Chevin
US Press: Carise Yatter
UK project manager: Joe Stopps