The 2006 album People Gonna Talk allowed James Hunter to breakthrough to a wider audience. This breakthrough was the result ofsome twenty years of hard work in clubs and recording albums onsmaller labels. Unbelievable, considering that this Englishman hasa voice of unparalleled beauty and authenticity. Last year, hereleased the CD The Hard Way. The music on this album is soul witha capital 'S' and its style has its roots in the sound of peoplelike Jackie Wilson and particularly, Sam Cooke. The latter isHunter's greatest source of inspiration. Hunter not only has awonderful way of thinking, he, like no other, is able to strike theright chord with one effective blow. In addition, in his liveperformances, he shifts effortlessly from soul to blues and fromska to calypso. All this may mean that Hunter could be one of thebiggest surprises at this year's festival.