One of the great soul, gospel and blues singers of his generation, Jerry Lawson is best known as “the voice” of the critically acclaimed a cappella group The Persuasions, and understandably so as he spent the better part of four decades with the influential and groundbreaking vocal group.

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When Lawson was the lead singer of the Persuasions, which he left in 2003, Greil Marcus, the dean of roots music journalists called the group “a perfect marriage of passion and intelligence”. Rolling Stone has rated their 1977 album Chirpin’, as one of the one hundred best works of the seventies.

Since his departure from The Persuasions, Lawson has participated in a tribute recording to Bruce Springsteen (Born To Run), recorded an album with Talk of the Town and cut solo projects, his most recent outing being the album, Just A Mortal Man.

In 2005 he performed with Rod Stewart in the Katrina Benefit Telecast, in 2010 was a focal point in the a cappella documentary film “A Lesson In A Cappella”, and recently teamed up with hip-hop artist VaeeDaBoi.

Armed with one of the most soulful and supercharged voices around, Lawson will be coming to ROOTS&BLUES with his guitar player and over the course of the weekend he will be collaborating with The Sojourners for a concert that will be a collaboration unique to ROOTS&BLUES. We’re pleased to report that it is one that both Lawson and The Sojourners are truly excited about.

We welcome this living legend to ROOTS&BLUES and to find out more about Jerry Lawson visit his website: