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JSJ Entertainment
March 14, 2022

Smooth Jazz saxophonist Johnny James aka 'Dr. J' is back! James will release his new single "Foolish Heart" on March 14, 2022. The single, produced by Andre Brissette, is the first from James’ forthcoming album Breathing, scheduled for release this summer. "Foolish Heart" includes the all-star musical talents of Paul Brown, Norman Brown, and Greg Phillinganes.

James is super excited Paul Brown mixed the single to perfection.“Paul is definitely one of the heavy weights in smooth jazz,” said James. “I love how he mixed the single to give the recording an exhilarating feel and sound that vastly bring out the best in this beautiful ballad.”

Paul Brown has over 100 Top 5 radio hits in the smooth jazz genre. Norman Brown, the Grammy award-winning guitarist who lives at the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts, adds his electrifying and tasteful guitar licks to "Foolish Heart". “It is an honor to have someone of Norman’s musical caliber on this single,” James said. “He is one of the greatest jazz and R&B guitarists, who embellished 'Foolish Heart' beyond my expectations.”

Greg Phillinganes has toured or recorded with several dozen great R&B/pop artists, including Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Brenda Russell, Toto, Eric Clapton, and Dionne Warwick. “Greg Phillinganes is one of the most in-demand pianists on the planet,” said James. “His keyboard magic and mastery on 'Foolish Heart' is beyond incredible.”

James adds, “I’ve loved 'Foolish Heart' since hearing Steve Perry’s original release in 1984. The pure beauty of the song and Steve’s incredible vocals made this a ballad that I always wanted to record.”

James is an accomplished vocalist, saxophonist, and flutist who has performed nationally and internationally for 40-plus years. The music major from Florida A&M University was a member of the pop-dance band Will To Power.