John VanWagoner | Just For You

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Just For You

by John VanWagoner

A combination of blues, rock, country, and jazz music with silky smooth easy listening vocals.
Genre: Easy Listening: Love Songs
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1. The Girl That Stands Beside Me
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3:53 $0.99
2. Just For You
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3:40 $0.99
3. Fallin' Apart At the Dreams
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3:33 $0.99
4. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
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3:49 $0.99
5. You Are
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4:50 $0.99
6. Vincent (starry, Starry Night)
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5:14 $0.99
7. Halfway There
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4:02 $0.99
8. Private Addiction
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4:47 $0.99
9. Just For You (acoustic)
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10. Heaven Sent
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Album Notes
Announcing a new CD by Composer and songwriter John VanWagoner, "Just for You"

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, John VanWagoner grew up playing guitar in the desert area of central-eastern Utah. When being sent to bed as a child, John would lie awake and play acoustic guitar in the dark. Music became the center of his contemplation and expression of thought. Playing drums in bars and clubs at the young age of 12 founded John's initial musical experience.

John started to write "The Girl That Stands Bedside Me" when he was 17 years old. Using the first four lines of an anonymous poem entitled "The Girl I Left Behind Me," John wrote the rest of the lyric. Years later, after meeting the girl in his life, the words were changed to what they represent today.

John's compositions on the CD, "Halfway There", really has motion. It was created one night after a rehearsal with Keele'n'Time, a local country band he was in at the time. John wrote the guitar part and the lyrics. He brought it back to the band where Jeff Keele collaborated on the additional lyrics. The recorded version of the song displays the superb guitar work of Rich Dixon. His eclectic virtuosity adds vibrancy and rich color as hot as Albert Lee's country style guitar lick s. "Rich demonstrates his abilities by creating sharp contrasts with his interpretation of " Halfway There", and the cool and smooth jazz riffs peppered with tasteful wholetone riffs in "Private Addiction."

The title track, "Just For You" describes how John felt at the birth of his daughter when he first held her in the hospital room and then watched her taken away to the nursery, Later in life, it was the friendship of his daughter with her little 8 year old friend, Lydia that led to the connection with the " Make a Wish Foundation." Lydia died tragically from a tumor in her stomach. The cover track," Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was requested by the foundation because of their incredible work in making dreams come true for children such as Lydia, whose lives are all too short. A portion of the proceeds from this recording goes to the "Make a Wish Foundation - Utah."

Steve Camp, a classically trained pianist, has an exquisite ear for blues and jazz. Track 2, "Just For You" colors the piece with sublime atmospheric nuances. In contrast, his brilliant solo work on " Private Addiction" matches the likeness and sound of Jimmy Smith.

But by far people's favorite song is " You Are." Modeled after James Taylor's style, one of John's favorite musicians, it started with the lyrics, thinking to put into words what his special someone meant to him. John created this song from his heart. A former keyboard player of the band, Ambrosia, Keith Gerson sweetens the mix of "You Are" and others. Keith expertise invites soothing melodic interludes and intricate solo work to the entire project.

There is no doubt that John's skillful four-octave voice stirs people's heart when he performs. Folks return to hear him sing again and again. This recording is jam-packed full of talented musicians, tasteful compositions and completely satisfying melodic lines.

"John VanWagoner's silky voice is easy to listen to relaxing and peaceful. His natural talent stands alone. There are no back-up singers, synthesizers and pulsating instruments in the background."

~Casey R. Basden - Park Record 2004~


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Casey Basden

John's skillful four-octave voice stirs people's heart...again and again.
There is no doubt that John's skillful four-octave voice stirs people's heart when he performs. Folks return to hear him sing again and again. This recording is jam-packed full of talented musicians, tasteful compositions and completely satisfying melodic lines.

Sean Colpin

What an amazing voice!
Nice vocalist. I really enjoy this CD it is easy to listen to and very pure. When will John have a new CD? How do I find out? I highly reccommend this CD.

Jenni Rose

You Are
I have an appreciation of all kinds of music, but this has to be the most I enjoy anytime...I don't have to be in any kind of mood to relax from work (pre-hospital patient care), rewind and destress, really!
Had the pleasure of listening to someone with the same smooth, silky voice, just like honey a long, long time ago in far north Queensland.
It was if I had a private concert with David Gates playing for me....this is how hearing this songs affected me......GREAT STUFF.

Jane H.

Gotta have it - my friends listen to it all day - just set it to "repeat all"
This is one of CD baby's best kept secrets. This singer's voice is fantastic - smooth, easy on the ear, yet can encompass a wide range of styles. "Just For You" is a great track, "Half Way There" really moves the lead guitar, but "Private Addiction" has a really cool feel - it's no wonder this guy has had over 6,000 downloads. An original writer that needs to be heard. I think people are missing out if they don't get the entire CD - there's a new favorite on every track.