South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Jonathan Butler is tending to his herb garden at his suburban Los Angeles home. The set opens with the instrumental “African Breeze,” the first radio single that was originally penned by Butler 30 years ago for The Jewel of the Nile soundtrack, a big Hollywood movie starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The down-tempo title cut cruises an R&B groove highlighted by horn fills and a trademark electric guitar-vocal scat from Butler mid-tune. Writing and recording the gorgeous meditative instrumental “Be Still” during George Duke’s final days taught Butler a lesson.
Marcus Miller plays on “Be Still” as well as on the mid-tempo R&B instrumental “Let There Be Light,” which the legendary bassist-songwriter-producer wrote with Butler, who illuminates on nylon string guitar. Butler wrote the R&B-pop confessional “Heart and Soul” in 20 minutes while tears flowed. Butler speaks through a laidback electric guitar instrumental adorned with rousing, churchlike organ on “Catembe,” named for a place where he hopes to live one day in the Indian Ocean in Mozambique near Maputo.
An urban adult romancer, “Night To Remember” makes tantalizing electric guitar overtures amidst a vocal duet from Jonathan and Jodie Butler.
The youngest of 13 children, Butler grew up in destitute in Cape Town, South Africa, ruled by Apartheid and segregation. Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12.
More than a decade later, Butler moved to London, England after signing with Jive Records and released his first album internationally. In concert, Butler remains a captivating and powerful performer, pouring his heart into selections from his immense catalogue. During an extraordinary musical life that has unfolded in the public eye, Butler has seen and endured a lot. Guy Sheppard, a native of San Antonio, TX, returns to the Alamo City for another exciting weekend, to share & display a large collection of his paintings of all mediums. Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets. I'm still learning to be a good mother to my boys and hopefully they do get inspired by their mother.


The first composition Butler wrote for Living My Dream, “Sweet Serenade,” is a poetic beauty with drama underscored by a horn section.
He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records (“Please Stay” went double gold and “I Love How You Love Me” went gold) in 1975 as he became a teenager. Last fall, he launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation in his native country to fund music education programs that give children the purpose to overcome a life of drugs and poverty just as he did. I’m happy to inspire these young kids and I’m extremely proud and encouraged about reclaiming our children from drug lords by teaching them how to sing and play instruments.
He’s only been playing slightly more than a year, but he’s smitten and plays almost daily, often with other musicians. In addition to being a popular draw at headline dates, festival shows and music cruises, Butler thrives on interacting with his fans. I’m living my dream and it’s amazing what God is doing—seeing all these things through tears and pain.
He’s watched his country turn itself inside out for the better—much like he has done with his own life. Guy will also have a a new selection of art that is fresh out of his studio and will be on display for the first time in San Antonio, TX. The undeniably infectious R&B-pop tune has a shuffling beat infused with reggae nuances and Butler’s cool-toned electric guitar. A solemn, bluesy offering that was written at sound check, “A Prayer” stirs the heavens with celestial vocal harmonization. The (South African) government has stepped in to find ways to progressively move and get more people involved. For the past 4 years, he has led a group of 35 guests each fall on the Jonathan Butler Safari, during which he shares his South Africa by visiting important landmarks in his life, as well as historic locales such as the prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was jailed. Seeing God place me in these extraordinary places and opportunities…if I couldn’t see it, I’d really be blind and faithless. Living and witnessing the brutalities and injustice of oppression as a celebrated child star while at the same time not permitted to enjoy basic human rights, indulgence naturally became his coping device. We’ve been in Pretoria and Johannesburg since we started and we’ll be launching in Cape Town in October.


I can go out on the golf course and have ‘guy time.’ I’m completely taken over by this little white ball. If not for a spiritual intervention, his light would have been extinguished long ago on the mercilessly dark path of abuse and self-destruction. Guy has been in many great art events and was announced artist of the month in one of Houston's most popular & famous restaurants called The Breakfast Klub. What I’m going through, what I’ve been through and what I will go through is going to make me better. It’s a cool groove that really comes alive,” says Butler about the song he memorably debuted live last August at the iconic Hollywood Bowl with Jodie Butler singing background vocals.
It’s so important to be in that city because it’s where I’m from,” explains Butler about the foundation that aims to launch a satellite component in the U.S.
I’m so at peace and calm when I’m out there and so relaxed after playing, which I never thought would be the case since I’ve never been a sports guy. It took shedding my skin, realigning and readjusting myself as a person, honestly looking at how I can become a better person, which affects my family.
Forgetting all that is behind me and all that lies ahead, I press on,” shares Butler, who often references scripture in conversation. We stood together through difficult periods and it taught me not to make too many allowances in life of which I had been making too many.
Guy states that it is important that God intercedes, so that the art will move you deep in your soul.
It was a trying time and a difficult year emotionally and personally, but I did a lot of reflecting over the past two years and I’m in a good place,” summarizes Butler.



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