Jo Harman – People We Become
Released worldwide on February 3, 2017, People We Become marks the biggest leap of Jo Harman’s career. To make it, she headed overseas to Nashville, Tennessee, where she found a trusted collaborator in producer Fred Mollin. While a winter storm raged outside, Harman and Mollin holed up inside the city’s famed Sound Emporium Studio for three weeks, focusing on a warm sound — full of upright piano, Rhodes, unaffected bursts of electric guitar, and the soulful sweep of Harman’s voice — that contrasted with the town’s snowy weather. Shortly after the album’s release she’ll return to Nashville again, this time as part of her first American tour.
Poignant and personal, tracks like “Silhouettes of You,” “Changing of the Guard,” and “Person of Interest” find Harman moving through the stages of a breakup. She’s heartbroken one moment, forever reminded of a relationship that’s fizzled out, and empowered the next, eager to explore what lies ahead with emboldened purpose.
Other tracks cast a broader net, with the stomping, percussive “Reformation” taking influence from Harman’s work with Amnesty International. Backing her up are some of Nashville’s best session players, whose contributions bounce between smoky, soulful ballads and brassy, Motown-tinged anthems.
On an album that features performances by award-winning players like Tom Bukovac, Greg Morrow, and Gordon Mote — as well as a guest appearance by the Doobie Brothers’ frontman, Michael McDonald, who lends his harmony vocals to the Seventies-worthy soul of “When We Were Young” — the most striking instrument is Harman’s voice. It’s an instrument that’s been sharpened by her years on the road, and it’s never sounded better.
I’ve learned how to express myself a bit better, and to convincingly put across the stories that I’m telling, Harman says. “It’s a natural progression. My voice has matured, in the same way that the songs have matured, and the production has matured. I’ve only ever tried to be me, and that’s what People We Become is. It’s me.”
Label: Total Creative Freedom
UPC: 827565061785 | 827565061792
Catalogue Number: CHIEF010 | CHIEF10V
Release Date: 3 February 2017