WINTER FESTIVAL CONCERT - 2014
with Special Guest John Danaher
As the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration, Jimmy Webb has written numerous platinum-selling classics.
Jimmy Webb wrote instant hits for artists including Glen Campbell ("By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Where's The Playground, Susie"), Richard Harris (" MacArthur Park," "Didn't We"), the Fifth Dimension ("Up, Up and Away," "This Is Your Life"), The Brooklyn Bridge ("Worst That Could Happen"), Art Garfunkel ("All I Know"), Linda Ronstadt ("Easy For You To Say"), Joe Cocker ("The Moon's A Harsh Mistress") and so on. Jimmy Webb continues to write songs that are as carefully crafted and magical as the older ones.
Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson hit #1 in the late eighties with a new Webb standard, "The Highwayman," a ballad which won him a Grammy for Best Country Song of the Year, and a CMA Award for Single Of The Year. Linda Ronstadt, who has recorded a multitude of his songs throughout her recording career, included four of his efforts on her double platinum album, "Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind," and scored a top ten in 1990 with her rendition of Webb's "Adios." With a discography that reads like a "Who's Who" in the music world, Webb's songs continue to grace a multitude of major recording artists' albums, from Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney, to Urge Overkill and R.E.M..
Webb is a recipient of both the Johnny Mercer Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Oklahoma native is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, but is most proud of his membership in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Music from Five Towns College and Oklahoma City University. He has been awarded three Grammys for Song of the Year ("Up, Up and Away," 1967), Best Orchestration ("Macarthur Park," 1969) and Best Country Song ("Highwayman," 1985). He has been recently awarded ASCAP's Voice Of Music award, which among other things honors him as an "exemplary advocate for the rights of creators."
Jimmy Webb has a new CD "Still Within the Sound of My Voice" and is currently touring Europe and the US. The new Album again unites Jimmy Webb with some of today's biggest selling and enduring artists for once-in-a-lifetime performances, including the iconic MacArthur Park. In celebration of its 45th Anniversary, Jimmy reached out to Brian Wilson for his inspirational vocal harmonies which take this American Classic soaring to new heights. The Album is full of inspirational vocal performances from the breathless seduction of Carly Simon on Easy For You To Say to the joyful contemporary styling of Keith Urban on Where's The Playground, Susie.
In celebration of Jimmy Webb's Career as a singer, songwriter and performer it is easy to see why so many Artists have joined together for this amazing collection of duets from the Jimmy Webb Great American Songbook. Besides the Artists already mentioned other Special Guests featured include Lyle Lovett, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Marc Cohn, Amy Grant, Joe Cocker, Kris Kristofferson, Art Garfunkel and Rumer.
Jimmy Webb's accomplishments as a composer, arranger, and producer demonstrate beyond question that he remains as important and vital a cultural figure today as he was over thirty years ago. Embraced by his peers, Webb has influenced and affected some of the finest musical talents of our time. Frank Sinatra declared "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" as "the greatest torch song ever written," and said he enjoyed singing Jimmy Webb tunes because "he has been blessed with the emotions and artistic talents of the great lyricists."
"He's a prodigious performer, and a night with Jimmy at the keys is not unlike getting to hear George Gershwin or Cole Porter live. It's hard to believe one guy could have written all these amazing songs. Webb is still at it, thankfully, and if you get a chance to see him live, grab it. People ask why nobody writes songs like they used to. Fortunately for us all, Jimmy Webb still does." -American Songwriter Magazine
"Mr. Webb is a superb natural melodist whose best songs often combine the tuneful directness of country music with the unabashedly romantic harmonic palette of classic Hollywood film scores." - The New York Times
"When I was starting out as a songwriter, I looked to Jimmy Webb as one of the most innovative and musically proficient songwriters of our generation" – Billy Joel
"Jimmy Webb is one of the only contemporary songwriters who can write songs right into the orchestra, and his songs have 17-layer emotions and sophisticated chord charges that are absolutely dazzling" - Linda Ronstadt
John Danaher was born in Chestnut Hill, Pa and was raised in Cramer Hill, NJ, Warminster, Levittown, Newtown, and New Hope, PA. John's musical influences started early with family members who were Philadelphia Mummers as well as writers and publishers. His grandfather Harold Ford was a piano player and arranger for big band artist Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians while his mother wrote and published music mostly for the Catholic Mass.
John is an award winning singer songwriter who has toured with Grover Washington Jr., Jefferson Airplane, Huey Lewis, Graham Parker, and has worked with The Grateful Dead, Poco, Pure Prairie League, BB King, Carlos Santana among others.
He has shared the stage withArlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck, Derek Trucks, Kate Taylor.
The Documentary Film “Embraceable You”, features the song “Give it Time” earning John “Best Rock Song for a Documentary Film” by the Garden State Film Festival 2010.
John is current producer for Lambertville New Hope WinterFestival Concert Series and has co- headlined / Special Guest for the festival with the Quietmen.
John co-founded “Random Acts of Volunteerism” with good friend and Festival sponsor Joel Roberts of Mechanic St. Mugs. www.mechanicstreetmugs.com
In addition to working on fundraisers and nonprofit projects, John serves as Production Manager for Lambertville New Hope Fireworks, Stage Mgr. for 4th of July fireworks Tinicum Park and Princeton’s Alumni weekend.
John continues writing, performing solo and with The Quietmen, teaching, producing and recording. He is currently working on an album and tour of Europe and the USA.
John brings with him this year two of his closest friends and band members Eric Aceto, Violin & Guitar www.ithacastring.com and Doug Robinson, Bass & Vocals