A musician’s life is rarely simple. Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find a story as compelling or evocative as that of John Hall, whose meandering journey from clubs and theaters to Billboard’s charts and Capitol’s Hilltop. Consistently beat odds, overcome challenges, and defy disbelievers. As a mainstay for pop-R&B band Orleans, the classic wrote some of the most enduring (not to mention romantic) songs of his rock era, including “Dance With Me” and “Still The One.” He has also written songs for artists from Janis Joplin to Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Scaggs to James Taylor. As a Democratic Congressman in a solid Republican constituency, he persuaded skeptics to take seriously habitat destruction and a threatened climate.As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Veterans Disability and Memorial Issues , he created a bill to expedite compensation for injured veterans, which passed the Senate and House of Representatives unanimously and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. and respect for all who live there. His passion is deep, his voice is impactful, and with the radiant “I Think Of You,” he’s back in the game as a singer-songwriter.
The Baltimore-born, New York-raised artist’s latest track has (dare I say it?) all the hallmarks of his work: gorgeous, well-crafted melodies, rich, shimmering guitar sounds, gentle yet unmistakable. A danceable beat. , and lyrics about the eternal resilience of romantic bonds. He acts as usual with absolute compassion and genuine friendliness. As beautiful as he sings, Hall’s voice is one of a kind, that of Everyman, a kind neighbor, a true lover, and a believer in the power of song and ideas.
That common touch has always allowed this extraordinarily talented artist to connect with many others. In his work with Orleans and his solo sets, he has always been able to capture big, complex emotions and present them to audiences in a clear and engaging way. He has done the same in a political career devoted to advocacy, co-founding Musicians United for Safe Energy and working with like-minded artists Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, and Bonnie his Raitt for sane energy policy. marched to The charisma and caring aura that has always surrounded him is boldly displayed in the clip for “I Think of You,” which he co-wrote with Hall of Fame songwriter Sharon Vaughan. Here, chatterer, television personality, and introspective balladeer John Hall gets to the core of the song, the core of its meaning, and expresses it as purely as a master storyteller can. I’m here.
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