He was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa during Apartheid. Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child. Racial segregation and poverty during Apartheid has been the subject of many of his records.
His first single was the first by a black artist played by white radio stations in the racially segregated South Africa. It earned him a Sarie Award, South Africa's equivalent to the Grammy Awards. The song "Lies" launched his accomplished career in the United States.
Butler has since worked with many industry giants and has produced a dozen solo albums. His latest CD, So Strong, is his first in 3 years.
You can hear Butler perform live at Chicago's Mayne Stage Theatre as part of the Jazz and Soul Sessions presented by The Bernie Mac Foundation.
Thursday, September 8
Mayne Stage Theatre
1328 W. Morse Ave
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m
Show Starts: 7:30
Order Tickets by phone 24/7 via Ticketwebb (866) 468-3401. A copy of Jonathan Butler's latest CD will be included with every ticket purchase.