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John Michael Ferrari
Entertainer / Songwriter
Award-winning poet singer songwriter John Michael Ferrari writes emotional story-telling songs with a touch of sophistication in the easy listening, Americana, country, indie rock, and pop genres. His songs are derived from his life experiences and the experiences of others. John’s songs are produced by Pepper Jay. Pahrump, Nevada.
John Michael was recently named Outstanding Male Singer Songwriter by the Nashville Music Foundation 2022 and Crossover Artist of the Year 2021 by the New Music Awards.
In 2022, John Michael released a new album "My Heart Can't Breathe" and two of the tunes on that album are receiving radio play: My Heart Can't Breathe and Masquerading in the Night.
Outstanding Male Singer Songwriter of the Year by the Producer’s Choice Honors 2019.
John Michael was recently awarded Best Peace Song of the Year 2020 at the Hollywood Tribute to the Oscars by Art 4 Peace.
eZWay Gala 2020 voted John Michael Rising Star of the Year.
In 2020, John Michael's album "Be the Smile on Your Face" received the Triple A Album of the year award from the Producers Choice Honors.
In 2021, Pepper Jay, John Michael's music producer, was awarded "Outstanding Music Producer of the Year" by the Producers Choice Honors.
Over the past 2 years, 8 of John Michael's original tunes have climbed up radio charts in the United States and Internationally.
After a lifetime of performing other people’s songs, and at the encouragement of Pepper Jay, John Michael has created dozens of additional original songs that he is now performs with his bands, the John Michael Ferrari Band, or with the Gary Sadker Band in Nashville. John Michael also performs as a solo/duo, ranging from small “living room concerts” to large concert halls and ballrooms.
Many of John Michael’s newer unpublished songs may be enjoyed at www.Reverbnation.com/JohnMichaelFerrari
“Who’s that Girl?” Inspired by a 14 year old redhead girl who join John and Pepper Jay’s square dance club. (John and Pepper square dance twice a week.) She walked in and the young boys, 9 – 13 wanted to know Who’s that Girl? and Can I Dance with her?
Summer 2020, “Be the Smile on Your Face,” was recorded in Nashville, February 2020, at the Larry Beaird Studios.
Every song has a story. Pepper Jay believes John’s songs are poetry put to music. Sometimes, so emotionally, it difficult for his audience not to shed a tear.
Examples of songs on “My Early Life” that are really stories based on true experiences:
“Let’s Run Away to Alaska,” fun, child-like let’s run away together theme; tell the animals, the bear and the dear”. Actually, this song was created from a pick up line unsuccessfully used on a gal years ago when he was performing at Mount Charleston Lodge outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. He said, “Let’s run away to Alaska and we’ll tell everyone we moved to Nevada!”
“Why’d Momma Lie?” based loosely on a true store of what happens when love never arrives. Her mother didn’t like her daughter dating John and told her love will come. So, she broke up with John. Years later, John asked her, “Did love come?” “No” she said with tears in her eyes.
“Don’t Fall Between the Daylight,” also based on a true story: empathy with teen “cutters” to prevent suicide, “and when you’re bleeding, I’m bleeding too”.
“Brand New River,” remembering a past love, then, again, I’m with you. John wrote this tune while staying in Lake Tahoe when he completed his Army enlistment time.
“When Love Said Good-bye,” moving forward. ”I’ll pick up your dreams, I’ll save mine away for another day.”
“Ain’t No Mistaken:” “no matter how much we play this game like we just don’t care, there’s no mistaken, we’ve been taken with each other.”
“Dustoff”, penned by Ferrari in 1966 while serving in the United States Army in Vietnam, honors the military rescue helicopters and their crews, is a favorite among Veterans, including is still honored by the Dustoff Association.
Please check out www.JohnMichaelFerrari.com for John’s tour schedule and his blog. (Although much of February, March and early April 2020 tour in Memphis, on the American Queen Steamboat, and in New Orleans, has been postponed due to the Coronavirus until June 2020... dates tbd). John Michael’s next gig not postponed is Saturday, April 18th, 2020, at the E-String in Henderson, Nevada, 6:30-8p show.
John’s childhood was not a happy one. He found refuge in roller skating, ice skating, and playing his guitar and singing (he was not allowed to play his guitar in his step-father’s house. His first song he learned was “Tom Dooley” and the first song he wrote when he was about 14 was “Wah Do Wah Do” (not one for the record books. LOL)
Never wanting to be with his step-father, John spent his childhood on the streets and got into trouble. Finally, at age 15, a Judge called him incorrigible. Not understanding what that word meant, he responded “Thank you” and the Judge sentenced John to 2 years in the Nevada State Children’s Home in Carson City, which was probably the best thing that could have happened to me and the first time he felt safe. Before graduating high school, the principal suggested he drop out of school and join the military … which he did.
Music has been John’s life; writing it and performing for audiences across the country. Pepper Jay and John have been music partners for almost 30 years and Pepper produces all of John’s music and manages John’s career.
The Los Angeles Times wrote a full page story on John entitled, “No Earplugs Required” and concluded he was the new Sammy Davis Jr or a young Bobby Darin. The Tolucan called John a “crooner with a smooth as silk voice.”
Trivia: John Michael Ferrari is a teacher, a pubic speaker and keynote concert speaker, the author of “Acting with Your Eyes” and the co-author of "Dynamic Song Performance, The Singer's Bible."
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Contact: Pepper Jay, 310-345-9366
Be the Smile on Your Face by Singer Songwriter John Michael Ferrari
After decades entertaining audiences across the country, entertainer singer songwriter John Michael Ferrari is an overnight success during Covid. Yes, all of his performance gigs were cancelled or postponed. However, he and his music producer of 30+ years, Pepper Jay, used the “stay at home” time to successfully push Ferrari’s songs to radio play, resulting in dozens of spots on several radio charts.
John Michael loves to entertain in front of live audiences. The initial disappointment from gig cancellations (they especially looked forward to performing a week on the Mississippi Queen Steamboat) quickly turned into a productive several months.
Right before Covid hit the U.S., John Michael Ferrari and Pepper Jay made two trips to Larry Beaird’s Studios in Nashville to record Ferrari’s second album, “Be the Smile on Your Face”.
The Dwarf Nigerian Goat on the front of this country crossover love album is Ozzie, who resides with Ferrari and Jay at their ranch in Pahrump, Nevada.
John Michael Ferrari writes emotional story-telling songs with touches of sophistication and child-like wonder across several genres. His songs are inspired from his life experiences and those of others. Produced by Pepper Jay, the pop, country, jazz, or blues crossover tunes gift the listener with unique musical experiences. The twelve tracks on the “Be the Smile on Your Face” album is no different.
In May 2020, Pepper Jay employed music promoter Paul Loggins / Loggins Promotion in Nashville to introduce the album’s single, “So Beautiful” to country, adult contemporary, and mainstream radio DJs. Although Ferrari wrote “So Beautiful” for a young girl who had entered their life, it is a love song ballad with perfect sentiments for any relationship. “So Beautiful” is often played as a wedding song. In the Which Coast review of the album, it concluded “Slower ballads like ‘Peggy Sues’ and ‘So Beautiful’ are beautifully composed and . . . emotional hard-hitters”.
Turns out that, during Covid, the vast majority of the recording artists postponed releasing any new songs or albums. They make much of their money touring and from merchandise in conjunction with the release and availability to purchase of their new music. This provided a unique opportunity for Ferrari and Jay in that it left a vacuum for new music for radio play.
It took about three weeks. before “So Beautiful” hit a radio chart; New Music Weekly Top AC 100 (adult contemporary) Radio Chart. “So Beautiful” entered the chart at number 98. Ferrari and Jay were thrilled.
As weeks passed, “So Beautiful” landed on several other country and mainstream radio charts reaching Number Four on the National Radio Hits AC Chart. It was an immediate success internationally, and landed a Number Three spot in a United Kingdom Radio Contest that neither Ferrari nor Jay knew it had been entered in. They were absolutely thrilled at the idea that people on six continents were playing his songs. As of the writing of this article, “So Beautiful” remains on several charts and numerous playlists.
Pepper Jay believes that putting together a winning song recording is a team effort. All of the tunes on “Be the Smile on Your Face” were written, arranged, and performed by John Michael Ferrari. They were produced by Pepper Jay and recorded under the musical direction of Larry Beaird, with the most amazing studio musicians including Eli Beaird (bass) Larry Beaird (acoustic guitar), Evan Hutchings or Grady Saxnab (drums), Troy Lancaster (electric guitar), Billy Nobel (keys), and Russ Pahl, (steel guitar). To round out their team Larry Beaird gathered Jim “Jimbo” DeBlanc (tracking / BGV engineer), Rob Lane (Vocal Engineer), David Buchanan (mix engineer), and gorgeous background vocals of Tania Hancheroff, which captivate the listener at once.
During the Summer of 2020, Pepper Jay sent out “Be the Smile on Your Face” CDs and Flash Drives to DJs across the world including Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, and New Zealand and, of course, across the United States. Thereafter, Jay maintains a continuing online relationship with those DJs for cross-promotion.
In January 2021, the Top 200 and Top 40 Country Music Chart compiled and launched from Europe The Netherlands lists John Michael Ferrari at Number Nine on The Top 200 Artists Chart. Also, “So Beautiful” charted at Number Eight on The Top 40 Single Chart.
During this time, another song off the “Be the Smile on Your Face” album titled “Keep Falling All Over Myself” received radio play and landed on both Country and Mainstream radio charts, including The Independent Music Network charts out of Los Angeles and New York. This upbeat country love song is particularly popular on country radio stations across the southern part of the U.S. Artwork by Brennan provided the single cover art for “Keep Falling All Over Myself”.
A country jazz crossover love song on the album, “Don’t Need a Reason” is reaching ears in Europe and in the U.S., particularly in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama region of the U.S., due to the efforts of one of Jay’s DJ contacts, DJ Stephen Foster.
In December 2020, Loggins Promotion introduced another track off of the “Be the Smile on Your Face” album, “Somewhere We Could Fall,” to terrestrial and internet radio stations. This mainstream love ballad is presently climbing several AC radio charts.
Pepper Jay took the photo for the “Somewhere We Could Fall” single cover art in front of the Louvre in Paris, France.
The past year was kind to John Michael Ferrari having been recognized for his talent on several occasions. In December of 2020, John was voted Rising Star of the Year by the eZWay Virtual Golden Gala.
Also, in December of 2020, John was awarded Triple A Album Award for his “Be the Smile on Your Face” album by The 2020 Las Vegas Producers Choice Honors. Triple A Album is a radio format that stands for Adult Album Alternative.
And, earlier in February of 2020, John Michael Ferrari was awarded Best Peace Song of the Year 2020 at the Hollywood Tribute to the Oscars at the Beverly Hills Hotel by Art 4 Peace for his song, “Like a Rock and Roll Band,” slated to be included in Ferrari’s next album, “I Keep Dreaming”. Interestingly, Ferrari was asked to perform at that main ballroom Hollywood Tribute gala but did not know he was going to receive an award.
In late 2019, John Michael was named Outstanding Male Singer Songwriter of the Year by the Producer’s Choice Honors, where he performed several songs with his band at that awards event at the Madrid Room, Sunset Casino, Henderson, Nevada. Al Bowman, CEO of the Fame Awards presented Ferrari with the special honor.
Every one of John Michael Ferrari’s songs has a story. Pepper Jay believes John’s songs are poetry put to music. Sometimes, so emotionally, it difficult for his audience not to shed a tear.
According to Indie Music Plus, July 2020, “A fun-loving, storytelling Nam Vet from Hollywood, CA, John Michael Ferrari pours out a whiskey-hued glass of Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues and Jazz in his music.” … “Influenced by The Wrecking Crew, Glen Campbell, and Tony Bennett, Ferrari delivers love croon vibes on his newest album, Be the Smile on Your Face,”
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John Michel Ferrari records under an indie label, Cappy Records.
John Michael Ferrari’s childhood was not a happy one. He found refuge in roller skating, ice skating, and playing his guitar and singing. (He was not allowed to play his guitar in his step-father’s house.) The first song he learned was “Tom Dooley” and the first song he wrote at 14 was “Wah Do Wah Do” (not one for the record books. LOL)
Never wanting to be with his step-father, John spent his childhood on the streets and got into trouble. Finally, at age 15, a Judge called him incorrigible. Not understanding what that word meant, he responded “Thank you” and the Judge sentenced John to 2 years in the Nevada State Children’s Home in Carson City. John would say this “was probably the best thing that could have happened to me and the first time I felt safe as a child or teen”. Before graduating high school, the principal suggested John Michael drop out of school and join the military … which he did … the U.S. Army.
Music has been John’s life; writing it and performing for audiences across the country. Pepper Jay and Ferrari have been music partners for more than 30 years and Pepper produces his music and manages his career.
After a lifetime of performing other people’s songs, and at the encouragement of Pepper Jay, Ferrari created dozens of additional original songs that he now performs with his bands, the John Michael Ferrari Bands in Las Vegas and another in Nashville. Ferrari also performs as a solo/duo, ranging from small “living room concerts” to large concert halls and ballrooms.
John Michael Ferrari performing at The Scoreboard, Nashville:with John Marcus on bass, Dylan Bodley on guitar, Gary Sadker on keys, Tarryn Amie Smith vocalist , and Chris Austin on drums.
The John Michael Ferrari Band in Vegas consists of Sexy Sticks aka Dr. John Nowins on drums, The Professor, aka Dr. David Miller on bass, Nomad aka Dr. Bruce Topper on Keys, Singer Katie Jensen, guitarist Brad Torchin, and singer Carol Champney. Ferrari and Jay occasionally invite their performance students to join them on stage.
John Michael Ferrari’s first album, “My Early Life,” consists of twelve songs Ferrari wrote years earlier; a combination of country, pop, and flirtation!
Ferrari’s “My Early Life” album and its twelve individual songs are available on all musical formats. His “My Early Life Songbook” is available online on Amazon and at Sheet Music Plus.
Newspapers and magazines have been generous to John Michael Ferrari. The Los Angeles Times wrote a full-page story on Ferrari entitled, “No Earplugs Required” and concluded he was “the new Sammy Davis Jr or a young Bobby Darin”. The Tolucan called John Michael a “crooner with a smooth as silk voice.”
John Michael Ferrari graced the cover of Hollywood Weekly, Feb 2020, with a six-page article.
And magazines, such as Pahrump Life Magazine have also run articles on John Michael Ferrari, the latest in its January February 2021 issue.
Trivia: John Michael Ferrari is also a teacher, a keynote concert speaker, the author of “Acting with Your Eyes” and the co-author of "Dynamic Song Performance, the Singers Bible”.
Special shout out and thank you to Ron Brewington. We LOVE you!! Thank you for including John Michael Ferrari and I on your show.
Singing Show of Original Music 1 hour / 1 1/2 hour