Lamont Dozier – Launches Album, Supported by Debut UK Tour
‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ was originally famously performed by the Four Tops and will be re-released by co-writer Lamont Dozier; completely repackaged as an gospel fuelled acoustic tune. Dozier is, of course, famed for his songwriting and production collaborations with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes and many other Motown greats. The single will appear as a bonus track on Lamont Dozier’s upcoming album ‘Reimagination’.
Duetting on the record is award winning singer/songstress Jo Harman. The singer, whose recent successful album, ‘People We Become’, recorded in Nashville, includes a cameo from soul superstar Michael McDonald on the BBC Radio 2 play-listed track, ‘When We Were Young’.
Lamont’s album, ‘Reimagination’, is an acoustic re-interpretation of some of Lamont Dozier’s most famed compositions, set to be released in early Spring. The record, which includes cameo appearances from many industry notables such as Gregory Porter, Sir Cliff Richard, Graham Nash, Todd Rundgren, Rumer and more, is followed, in June, by a first ever solo UK tour for this legendary figure from the world of Motown. The tour will be an evening of unplugged acoustic backing to Lamont’s own versions of these iconic songs with music direction by bandleader/producer Fred Mollin. Lamont will be telling the stories behind these classic songs. Jo Harman will be a featured addition to the performances (see poster for venues and dates).
Lamont on the album: ‘It’s a brilliant idea that (producer) Fred Mollin came up with to reclaim these songs in this fashion and we’re just having a ball with it. I’m sure Motown fans will dig the new interpretations just as much as we all are here’
Duet partner Jo Harman adds: ‘For me, two major pillars of modern music are The Beatles and Motown. To play even a small part in this historic record is genuinely mind blowing for me. It’s a total honour to be involved’.
Lamont Dozier has written over fifty #1 hits for Motown and related artists, most famously as part of the songwriting team Holland/Dozier/Holland.