Virtuoso jazz violinist Regina Carter has signed with Sony Masterworks. The label will launch her new album Southern Comfort in March 2014 coinciding with tour dates in the U.S. and Europe.
Regina Carter draws from a diverse well of influences that include classical, jazz, Motown swing, funk, world music among others. Over a span of more than two decades, she has established herself as an enduring and creative force in jazz, thanks to a string of highly acclaimed solo and collaborative recordings, a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and a relentless tour schedule that has taken her to all corners of the globe.
On Southern Comfort, the Detroit native continues the investigation of her family history which stems from West Africa, Finland, Eastern Europe and the U.S. Through a blend of folk songs and spirituals, she interprets her roots through a modern lens. Carter began this journey on her 2012 album Reverse Thread which was a celebration of traditional African music re-imagined for violin, accordion, bass, drams and kora (African harp).
"We're tremendously pleased to have the incomparable Regina Carter with us at Masterworks. Her musical odyssey has been charted through a series of unforgettable recordings over the years and Southern Comfort is the latest and perhaps the most eloquent expression of her deep and profoundly enlightening musical humanity," says Chuck Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Sony Masterworks U.S.
Sony Masterworks comprises the Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints.