In 1960, a teenager named Aaron Neville with the voice of an angel joined brother Art in the family music business. Art had a 1954 hit with the Hawketts’ classic, “Mardi Gras Mambo.” Aaron’s solo career began promisingly with Allen Toussaint’s (Jazz Fest 2009 by Michalopoulos) "Over You," rising to #21 on the national R&B charts. Despite this early success, Aaron was working as a longshoreman when Hawkett George Davis came calling in 1965 with a song he co-wrote, "Tell It Like It Is." Getting no takers for the recording from any big label, Davis started Par-lo Records and pressed 2,000 copies of it in late 1966. Aaron’s vocalization went on to own #1 on the R & B chart for a month, #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 for 14 weeks and is #391 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs. The docks would have to make do without Aaron who earned more gold in 1989 for “Don’t Know Much,” (#2 on the Pop charts) and 1991 with “Everybody Plays the Fool,” a top-10 Pop hit.
Beyond his still sought-out early work, Aaron lent his transcendent voice to recordings by The Wild Tchoupitoulas (led by uncle George “Big Chief Jolly” Landry), The Neville Brothers (Jazz Fest 1997 by Pavy), Linda Ronstadt and Trisha Yearwood, among others. His collaborations have garnered four Grammys, two with Linda Ronstadt (with a double-platinum album), one with Trisha Yearwood and one with The Neville Brothers. His mastery ranges gracefully across jazz, R&B, pop, rock, blues, funk, soul, country, gospel and urban styles. The simple purity of his voice led to his being named “Best Male Singer” two years running in Rolling Stone’s critics’ poll.
Aaron Neville’s modulating vibrato tenor falsetto is the greatest instrument born in New Orleans. And he keeps it finely polished, as evidenced by the just-released “My True Story,” his Blue Note album debut produced by Keith Richards and Don Was. NPR’s All Things Considered named it one of the most anticipated releases of 2013. All the angels sing when Aaron opens his heart.
James Michalopoulos’ deeply felt portrait distills Aaron’s twin inspirations: New Orleans and spirituality. The city is fully captured by the artist’s distinguished minimalist architectural elements, a wrought iron fence and gas lampposts. Ethereal doves embody spirits set aflutter by an angelic voice. Trees bow in nature’s embrace, and of course, a yellow moon tops the harmoniously lighted dusk scene. Michalopoulos has created five definitive contributions to this, the world’s most collected poster series (1998, 2001, 2003, 2006 & 2009) including three of its most valuable. Michalopoulos is a celebrated representational New Orleans artist best known for his spiritually imbued architectural renderings. His vivid pigmentation is fully realized in this silkscreen printing, which applies each color individually to museum standard papers. Michalopoulos exhibits extensively in the art capitals of Europe and the United States. He maintains studios and galleries in Burgundy France and New Orleans.
10,000 Numbered prints on archival paper, 19” x 35”, $69
2,500 Artist-signed & numbered prints on 100% rag paper, 20” x 37”, $239
750 Artist signed and pencil remarqued, signed by Aaron Neville & numbered Remarque prints on 100% rag paper, 21” x 39”, $595
300 Artist-overpainted and signed, signed by Aaron Neville & numbered C-Marque canvas screen prints, suitable for stretching, 24” x 40”, $895