A life well lived is often the best foundation for compelling art and thereís no denying Jonathan Butler has been blessed with a fascinating life. A South African native whose expansive musical gift has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields, Butlerís latest release Grace and Mercy is filled with the soulful sounds and insightful lyrics fans have come to expect from the veteran performer.
A key word in Butlerís life is balance and after years of touring the globe, heís learned just how important time away from the spotlight can be. ďThese days I try to do a little bit of living in between. I balance my life,Ē he shares. ďIíve got to spend time living, and through living you come up with stories to talk about and songs to write. These songs are personal experiences. People always assume that because youíre a recording artist and you travel the world that you donít have problems and you donít have disappointments in your life, which is not true. We all do. This album truthfully and honestly lets people know that the songs that Iím writing are the things that Iím going through in this season. Iím hoping those songs will effect people in a positive and wonderful way.Ē