I Gotta Praise is first single from new album Crooked Calypso


Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott release the first single from their new album ‘Crooked Calypso’ today, Thursday June 15th ’17. Entitled ‘I Gotta Praise’, it is a love song dressed up as a euphoric secular Gospel anthem, and it is one hell of a calling card for the new album. Paul and Jacqui gave the song its first public airing at their sell out ‘Beauty In The East’ show at Hull’s 23,000 capacity KCOM Craven Park Stadium last Saturday 3rd June and it went down a storm.

Paul & Jacqui made the trip to North Yorkshire’s most famous seaside resort Scarborough last week to film a hilarious video for ‘I Gotta Praise’ in the town’s old Victorian gaol. In the video, an homage to Orange Is The New Black, Jacqui plays an inmate in a women’s prison while Paul plays a visiting pastor in dog collar providing music lessons for the convicts. The video, which is full of cryptic references to previous Heaton hits, was directed by Scarborough resident and long time Heaton/Abbott collaborator Andy Hylton.

Paul Heaton, one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with some 10 million album sales under his belt, first came to public attention in the early 80s as front man of Hull-based indie poppers The Housemartins (the same group that spawned Norman ‘Fatboy Slim’ Cook), best known for their third single ‘Happy Hour’ and their No 1 acapella Isley Bros cover ‘Caravan Of Love’. The Housemartins released two albums ‘London 0 Hull 4’ (’86) and ‘The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death’ (’87). In ’88 Heaton formed The Beautiful South, who released 10 hugely successful albums - ‘Welcome To The Beautiful South’ (’89), Choke (’90), ‘0898 Beautiful South’ (’92), ‘Miaow’ (’94), ‘Blue Is The Colour’ (’96), ‘Quench’ (’98), ‘Painting It Red’ (2000), ‘Gaze’ (’03), ‘Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs’ (’04) and ‘Superbi’ (’06). In 2001 Heaton took a break from The Beautiful South and released his first solo album ‘Fat Chance’. The Beautiful South called it a day in 2007 citing ‘musical similarities’. Jacqui Abbott was lead vocalist in The Beautiful South from ’94 to 2000 and she sang many of their signature hits including ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Perfect 10’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’ and ‘Dream A Little Dream’. Paul Heaton went on to release two further solo albums: ‘The Cross-Eyed Rambler’ (’08) and ‘Acid Country’ (’10). In 2011 Heaton wrote a musical called ‘The 8th’ based on the Seven Deadly Sins and asked Jacqui to sing one of the parts. They have since released two acclaimed albums as a duo: ‘What Have We Become’ (’14) and ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ (’15).

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’s new album ‘Crooked Calypso’ will be released on 21st July ’17.

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