Nashville-based recording artists and producers, Louis York have released their anticipated debut full-length, American Griots – The Album today on all digital and streaming platforms. Following on the heels of their vulnerable new single “Don’t You Forget” and inspirational cover of Des’ree’s 1994 smash “You Gotta Be (Reimagined),” American Griots – The Album features 13-new tracks all of which encompass themes surrounding love, happiness, and wellness. An official music video for “Don’t You Forget” released in September, and can be viewed HERE.  The official music video for “You Gotta Be (Reimagined)” released earlier this month, and can be viewed HERE.

“The best way to put it is that American Griots is our musical dissertation,” said Louis York members Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony.  “We poured our hearts, our pain, our lessons, and our musical training into every song. This body of work is our personal suggestion of what the next decade should feel & sound like. Enjoy the journey.”

The new album features a bevy of stand-out tracks all of which were written and produced by Harmony and Kelly.  The thought provoking “I Wonder,” features Nashville poet Caroline Randall Williams, and tackles a wider message about the world at large, evoking a conversation on what activist predecessors would have thought about culture in 2019. Another album highlight includes the country-inspired track “Teach Me a Song,” which features acclaimed country singer, songwriter Jimmie Allen.

Louis York plans to tour later this year, on both the east and west coasts. More details to follow.

American Griots – The Album is Louis York’s first full album to date, and is out now and available via all digital and streaming platforms. Get the album HERE.

American Griots – The Album Track List:

1.       American Griots Intro ft. Caroline Randall Williams

2.       All In My Feelings

3.       No Regrets ft. The Shindellas

4.       Electric Blue

5.       Teach Me a Song ft. Jimmie Allen

6.       Teach Me a Song (Reprise) ft. Caroline Randall Williams

7.       Glow

8.       How Will I Feel

9.       Don’t You Forget

10.   Velvet

11.   I Wonder ft. Patrick Dailey, W. Crimm Singers, and Caroline Randall Williams

12.   Love Takeover ft. The Shindellas and Emoni Wilkins

13.   You Gotta Be (Reimagined)

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