Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Mutlu returns to Durham in August with a Carolina Theatre-presented show at The Pinhook (117 West Main St.) on Aug. 14. More than a year after a very well-received opening set for Amos Lee at the Carolina, Mutlu will be back to headline a special seated club-show at The Pinhook. Tickets are on-sale now.
Mutlu is a soulful, singer-songwriter. A Philadelphia native and first generation American of Turkish descent, Mutlu has already built a substantial fan base in his hometown, while winning widespread praise for his prior releases.
Mutlu has collaborated and toured extensively as a support act with legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates and holds the distinction of having made the most guest appearances on Daryl Hall's acclaimed, award-winning TV/Internet show "Live From Daryl's House.” He's also gained considerable attention for his work with noted singer-songwriter Amos Lee, with whom he's toured extensively as a support act and backup vocalist.
Mutlu was the support act on the North American leg of Joe Jackson's acclaimed "Rain" tour and has shared stages with the likes of Adele, Katy Perry, John Hiatt, Leon Russell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Todd Rundgren, Shuggie Otis and many more.
Born Mutlu Onaral, he grew up steeped in Philadelphia's deep R&B traditions, eagerly absorbing the fundamentals of old school soul music and incorporating it into his own musical persona. His local success led to a recording deal with Manhattan/EMI Records, which released his acclaimed 2008 debut album Livin' It, produced by the late, great T-Bone Wolk, and featuring guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, G. Love and Raheem DeVaughn.
His latest release is the Caffeine & Whiskey EP which he coproduced with songwriter/producer Darius Amendolia.