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John Welton is always a crowd pleaser. He has the twin gifts of music and human warmth, which he shares freely with all.
The desire to create powerful, life- or even world-changing music is the driving force behind every song John has ever written. This includes both serious 'message' lyrics, and those songs that are written to make people smile or laugh in the moment. John's live performances always include impromptu comedic moments spurred by his close and caring attention to his audience. He includes his listeners in a fashion that just plain makes them feel good about themselves - - and about the world. His goal is to generate musical experiences that take the listeners on a journey through the "ocean of emotions" to arrive at their destination together feeling as though they have all received a dose of musical medicine.
John's innate musical talent lends itself to a variety of sound and emotion. He fully entertains with solo acoustic gigs, rehearsed electric band sound, and incredible jam sessions with musicians from all over the music scene. He does not travel with a band, but has numerous professional band members 'on call' for venues looking for a full band sound and energy. People tend to just get up and dance, whether it's John, or John Welton & Friends on the stage.
John comes from a very musical family. He was "born musical" according to his mother, who adds that in his toddler years "rock and roll concerts with pots and pans and brooms for instruments were not uncommon." By the ripe age of five, John knew every word to most Eagles and CSN&Y songs, and often fell asleep next to the speakers while his parents spent time with their friends.
In 1995, John founded founded the Iguanahead Family, a close group of people who promoted music festivals at Bear Creek Amphitheater in the mid 90's. It was then that John fell in love with the jam band scene. For the next three years, John played percussion in quite a few bands and was exposed to many styles of music, from funk to reggae, folk to zydeco, and many other genres. This experience shaped his very percussive style of guitar playing. With Willy Mac Music, a three-piece band consisting of Willy Mac, Rick Wilsterman, and himself, John fully learned how to harmonize and really "put it out there" vocally.
Over the years John Welton's songwriting and singing have continued to inspire new fans from all over the globe. He has developed a universal and timeless sound with a very powerful message that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. He is a prolific and relevant songwriter; some of the first songs that John wrote eleven years ago are still very popular amongst both his new and old fans. John's music tends to be very personal and contains images that affect and improve peoples' lives. John Welton is an entertainer; he doesn't just play to his audience, he engages and involves them in the joy of the moment. His lyrics "there would be no song without you" are heartfelt.
John has shared the stage with many exceptional musical acts including Waterband, Richie Havens, Blues Traveler, Big Brother & the Holding Co., the Jerry Garcia Band, Sam Bush, the David Grisman Quintet, Dark Star Orchestra, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ekoostik Hookah, Keller Williams, Rusted Root, Todd Rundgren, The Recipe, Carlos Jones & the Plus Band, Little Feat, Boombox, Donna the Buffalo, Wookiefoot, Burning River Band, Airto Moreira, Victor Wooten and many more.
Following his Muse, composer / singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist, John Welton started playing guitar and writing original songs at a very young age and, through high school, performed as a solo singer-songwriter and as a member of a Burning River Band, Vegetable Matter and Waterband.
As an independently touring and recording singer-songwriter, Welton has spent eight years managing all aspects of a solo singer-songwriter career from: song writing, management, marketing, booking, promotion & performance. He is a fountain of ideas for new, innovative and clever lyrics and music.
On stage Welton reveals a stark honesty, an uncanny charisma, an overwhelming intimacy in the way he sings directly to each listener. He is a regular at venues including The Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH), Musica Concert Club (Akron, OH) and the Docksider (Erie, PA.) And he has received recognition for his song writing through many radio requests and television appearances.
John Welton is living in Canton, Ohio. He is currently performing with Waterband – an internationally acclaimed musical act with a folkadelicfunkpop attitude.
2008 – “From The Source” by Waterband
2009 – “Drops In A Bucket – Vol 1” by Waterband
2010 – “Wetrospective” by Waterband
John Welton – Live on Crooked River Groove (LP...not-yet released)
December 9, 2010
December 13, 2010
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