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An Exciting New Voice For The 21st Century!
I just want to sing. I just want to entertain. The bliss I feel when I am singing a great standard tune... the energy from the audience - what a high. The world needs more swing... and THIS is what I do.
WELL SAID. AND WE HEAR IT IN EVERY NOTE.
I got a very late start with the Great American Songbook. I have had to work really hard to catch up. And it has been a joy. It astounds me how it remained unrealized in my life for so many years. I cannot imagine singing any other genre of music. The gratification I get from this experience astounds me.
Quite amazing what can be accomplished in just a few short years. With unrelenting focus on the genre, John-Eric Booth has performed internationally, writes and hosts the weekly one-hour musical radio program Swinging Songbook, and frequently jetting out to Hollywood to perform with Pat Longo and his Hollywood Orchestra when the opportunity arises. It's such a rush being backed by 16 swingin' players.
The new album Alive & Swinging! clearly illustrates the dedication of John-Eric Booth as a singer and performer of standards - with solid influences by many of the greats: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole... and Booth also mentions Perry Como, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis, Jr., Steve Lawrence and Johnny Hartman as inspirations, just to name a few. The result of this melting pot is just pure swing, pure vocal passion... total personality... total love for the music.
I am without a doubt influenced by Sinatra from a precision aspect. I constantly aspire to reach that level of precision as a singer, but at the same time Dean Martin influences me as a personality and entertainer. I love the fun that he brought to the venue. He was interested IN his audience he wasn't wrapped up in BEING interesting. Know what I mean? I find that very appealing, and that best suits ME as a person. My fans seem to like that too!
Swing and standards music are with me all day long. It's not just what I do onstage, it's a LIFESTYLE.
Keep the music, the fun, the voice, the personality and the positive energy coming J-E-B!