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Josie James featuring
Festival of Arts
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Josie’s recording and performance career was launched when she sang the lead vocal on "What’s The Story" from Patrice Rushen’s Before The Dawn. Her next big break came when Stevie Wonder asked her to sing on his classic album Songs In The Key Of Life. The second hit single from that album featured Josie on "Another Star". Stevie invited her again to sing on his Hotter Than July and Secret Life of Plants albums.
As one of the most sought after session vocalists in the business, Josie has been heard on many Top 10 albums and singles throughout her career. James appeared in the hit single "Easy Lover" video with Phil Collins and Philip Bailey, sang with Bailey on his multi-platinum Chinese Wall album, and toured Japan as his featured guest artist.
Josie’s own solo career commenced with her debut album Candles, which was released in the UK and has been considered a jazz/pop vocal classic. Once Josie’s voice came to the attention of the legendary hit songwriter Burt Bacharach, she began performing around the world with Bacharach as his featured vocalist. The Glastonbury Festival found Josie singing her memorable and popular version of the Bacharach/David classic "Anyone Who Had A Heart" performed in front of 200,000 people televised internationally and A Life In Song DVD for the BBC.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Marlon Martinez is a young virtuoso bassist and composer emerging at the center of the resurgent LA and New York jazz scenes. Discovered by Stanley Clarke, he has impressed legends such as George Duke, Burt Bacharach, Ellis Marsalis, Lenny White and Ron Carter. Classically trained and a graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Marlon has performed with Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, the San Diego Symphony and more. He is a powerful performer and personality who captivates his audiences.
Marlon’s blazing big band, the Marlonius Jazz Orchestra (MJO), features some of LA’s finest young artists and soloists, and is a vehicle for his creative energy as a composer. His compositions are dynamic and soulful, with a fresh juxtaposition of tradition and originality – à la Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.
This performance was originally recorded live on August 17, 2019, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.