Paul Kelly
The Merri Soul Sessions
I started to imagine a soul revue type record performed live in the studio with a variety of singers and the one band

Over the past thirty years, Paul Kelly's influential career has seen him release nineteen studio albums, several film soundtracks and two live albums. Soul and Gospel music has been one of his long-standing loves as evidenced in the work he's done with Renee Geyer, Christine Anu, Emma Donovan and Vika and Linda. But he's never done a whole album along those lines. Until now, and to accompany the release of The Merri Soul Sessions recordings, Paul is delighted to announce a national metropolitan city tour in January 2015.

Paul will perform alongside fellow artists and close friends on lead vocals - including Dan Sultan, Clairy Browne, Kira Puru, Vika Bull and Linda Bull - as well as his long-serving touring band: Peter Luscombe on drums and percussion; Bill McDonald on bass; Ash Naylor on guitar; Cam Bruce on piano and organ, and Vika & Linda Bull on harmonies.

Opening for The Merri Soul Sessions at selected headline shows will be Grammy-nominated neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote.

Paul Kelly has an enduring place in the Australian psyche, his stories synonymous with our landscape, history and lifestyle. It seems fitting for the new chapter in this influential career to include collaborations with the next generation of Australian musicians.