The Authentic Series #001 ill Will Interviews Jon B
Interviewing legendary R&B artist Jon B in front of an intimate live audience at London’s famous Jazz Cafe, Hip Hop music and lifestyle specialist Will “ill Will” Lavin offers fans the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane with one of California’s favourite sons.
Often regarded as the original blue-eyed soul singer, Jon B entered the music scene long before the likes of Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, and Daley, and quite evidently influenced them all. Himself inspired by names such as Duran Duran, Inxs, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and Prince, it was as a student of Kenny “Babyface” Edmunds that Jon earned his stripes, writing and producing alongside the iconic singer until it was time to step in to the spotlight himself.
With an array of platinum and gold albums, as well as various award nominations (including a Grammy nod for “Someone To Love,” his 1995 collaboration with Babyface), eight albums on and the singer is stronger than ever before. Having this year released his new B-Sides Collection LP, an album featuring unreleased material recorded between the years of 2001 and 2012, this past month also saw Jon take to the stage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards.
Sitting down with ill Will as the first guest on the newly created The Authentic Series, Jon will be discussing everything from his move in to music performance, his time spent working with Babyface, and being the last artist to record with the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. Jon will also tell the story of the time he met Michael Jackson and go through the tragedy of losing his home studio to a fire. There will also be time allocated for audience questions.
A Hip Hop Actors Studio, The Authentic Series is a live Q&A show hosted by journalist ill Will. Interviewing various musicians and industry folk in front of a live audience, the show’s recording takes place in various venues across the globe. Filmed exclusively for illwill.co.uk (which launches January 1st 2014) in association with Noel Mack Films, each episode of The Authentic Series will offer an in-depth look in to the life and times of the featured guest.
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19 December 2013 Doors – 4:30pm
Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 7PG