John always thought he'd
be a musician when growing up and he is in most respect but aren't
we glad that he chose to sing as well. Coming from a musical family,
his path stood before him to walk and not only did he walk, he
ran with it. His journey in the music industry has been a traveled
one from studying classical piano at age of thirteen at the renowned
Settlement School of Music
in Philly to attending Columbia Union
It was here that John started
to find himself as a singer and songwriter and in the upcoming
years would launch his own production company, Urban
Junction East Music (or UJEM). In paying his dues John
would work with some of the music industry's most elite performers
including saxophonist Kirk Whalum
to 'Supreme Lady Boss' Diana Ross
to Celine Dion all of whom
he has written, arranged or produced for in their body of work.
Having said that as an arranger,
songwriter and producer he has worked with some of music's top
performers, John has now taken on anew challenge and has embarked
on his debut disc 'Wings to Walk This
Road' an album filled with beautiful lyrics and lush
melodies and meaningful songs.
Let's starts off with the beautiful ballad 'Angel'
(which also serves as the lead off single) a song that is both
spiritual and endearing that was written especially for his wife
for You' is a mid tempo jazz funk groove that gets
your fingers clicking, head bopping and feet tapping to the beat.
The interlude 'Now you know'
is exquisite and features his wife Helen on vocals the only downfall
being that I wish it was a song rather than an interlude, then
there's the jazz oriented 'Fly Away'
where you'll hear Kirk's saxophone softly playing as John's spoken
word takes shape.
The ballads are plentyful
and all carry weight in their own respect. 'Have
you ever been Lonely', 'Come
to Me' and 'You will never
know' all strikes a cord at the heart of your emotions.
As a whole, the strength of the album lies in the personal who
performed on the set, Jonathan Butler
- Guitar (Acoustic), Paul Jackson Jr.
- Guitar, Paulinho Da Costa
- Percussion, Trina Broussard
- vocals and Helen Stoddart
(John's wife) also on vocals are just a drop in the bucket as
far as who's worked on the album and with that kind of talent
on board, you know you're in for something quite special and unique.
I had the opportunity to
interview John recently and you can read the whole interview right
here in the Interview
Room or check our the June issue of M2F
you can read it online also at www.m2fonline.com.
The album is available now at fine record stores everywhere so
add this one to your shopping list for albums to get definitely
worth having. A TY-D
you to check out.
Listen to John
Stoddart's - 'Now
Stoddart's - 'Fly