Sweet Lu Olutosin + Donald Brown – I Love you More than you’ll ever know
With a Billboard #1 Traditional Jazz album to his credit and a mission to Rejuvenate the Souls of audiences everywhere, Sweet Lu Olutosin continues to shine the light of his “Spirit Music” around the world!
Whether it’s headlining at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, playing the Teatro Rendano in Cosenza, Italy, or playing Jazz festivals in Atlanta, GA, Lu’s performances are life-changing. Sweet Lu believes it is his duty, his mission to share his God-given talent with the world; to use the idioms of jazz, blues, and gospel to share the spiritual healing and love this music, his music imbues. He feels ‘mission accomplished’ after many of his shows when members of the audience come to him and say things like “…your music warmed my heart” or “I can feel the emotions in your voice” or, the big one, …” your music made me cry”.
As a youngster, Lu’s goal was to be an uninhibited singer using a mix of jazz, blues, and gospel to create music with the message of soulful, spiritual healing. This goal remains as Lu channels everything from Al Jarreau, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Eddie Jefferson, and John Lee Hooker in his performances creating his own unique vocal style.
This musical odyssey did not take the expected route, however; instead, his trek detoured with a 35-year stint in the US armed forces. Lu’s years in the military taught him the very important lessons of discipline, order, method, and ultimately, belief in himself. Lu recently retired from the Army with the rank of full Colonel.
“Olutosin is masterful, filled with ideas within his phrasing, and deeply rooted in blues. The soulfulness of his well-rounded masculine voice is a beacon in the male jazz vocal idiom. One voice I hope to hear for many years”
~ H. Williams, JazzTimes