For some listeners, it was more than just his powerful vocals which engraved that headlining moment. Others said his style reverberates the charisma, swagger and precision of a passionate singer of the great standards from back in the day. One thing was clear though: Booth, or “J-E-B” as he is fondly called, possesses an X factor that fascinated one of the most celebrated entertainers to ever walk the planet. During a sold-out performance of Escovedo’s band near the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the famous Hollywood & Highland Center, Escovedo, smiling, invited him to stand and greet the energized crowd. “I want you to meet my friend.
His name is John Eric Booth and he’s recorded an album I want you to hear,” he said. For J-E-B, being endorsed and recognized by a celebrated entertainer with more than ten successful albums under his own belt was overwhelming… and definitely inspiring. For Booth, this music is more than just a showcase of his talents and an expression of his passion. He considers it as a reflection of his attitude in life. “The Great Standards... are total COOL.
The swinging rhythm, mindful lyrics and incredible arrangements put a smile on your face and warms your soul,” he says, grinning. “It owns a lighthearted vibe. Music that keeps your heart young… It’s definitely not simply what I do onstage…. it's part of my life.
It’s a lifestyle — I live it, breathe it, love it.” Interestingly, he did not actually begin paying homage to the great crooners like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Johnny Hartman, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole until his late 30’s. He mentions that growing up, he primarily listened to pop music, never imagining shining on these great classic singers. Booth describes his transition into this genre as something that he did not plan, it just happened. “It just fell from the sky!” he says, laughing. “I began noticing and listening more closely to the greats, along with the modern-day standouts, and I suddenly realized that this music wonderfully filled an empty place.
I embraced it joyously.” Soon after, he was on stage, submerging himself in the artistry of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole and other great classic singers. A debut CD album titled "Alive & Swinging!" swiftly followed, including 15 tracks recorded with big bands and smaller groups. When asked about his influences, J-E-B notes a couple of personalities that shaped him as a singer. From a precision aspect, he considers Sinatra as his major influence. "I constantly aspire to reach that same level of precision. And it really warms my heart when people compare me to Sinatra.
IF ONLY! That is super flattering. But as an artist, I'm just being ME. The result of all my classic crooner influences as well as my history in pop and soul music. Once a lady yelled across the room to me "You remind me of a young Steve Lawrence." I can live with that!" As an entertainer, J-E-B describes himself as more of a Dean Martin personality.
“I take my performance very seriously, but I can be a goof at the same time. I love entertaining my audience with music AND my sense of humor,” he says. J-E-B considers entertaining his fans as his greatest indulgence as a singer. He says his fans are the spring that propel him to higher musical levels and visions. Part of his plans for 2015 is to further reach out to his new audiences around the world and entertain them with more new music and video productions. Currently, John Eric Booth is in the studio working on 6-song digital release with Australian producer/instrumentalist/arranger Damien Montalto that he considers a departure from the genre his listeners usually associate him with.
This project, he says, will reveal his soul and pop influences from the 1970's. “It's very exciting. A fresh take on outstanding songs that deserve special attention. Some really fantastic music was born in the 1970's...
and I can't wait to share it with everybody.” Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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