John Boyd

John Boyd

 Niagara Falls, Ontario, CAN
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It’s a rare find, someone who can put into words the pure complications, the rewards, the pain and the often tight grip of uncertainty that true love brings. Through his music, in just four short years, John Boyd has created a heartbreaking résumé of missed opportunities, lost love and... [see bio]

Biography

It’s a rare find, someone who can put into words the pure complications, the rewards, the pain and the often tight grip of uncertainty that true love brings. Through his music, in just four short years, John Boyd has created a heartbreaking resume of missed opportunities, lost love and outright loneliness.

“I leave it all in the studio and on the pages. When I’m finished writing and recording a song, only then can I detach myself from the ache of it all – whatever that may be.”

On his first try, recorded with a ten dollar microphone, John earned one of the most sought after newcomer awards in Canada: The Factor New Talent Demo Award. Using the funds from this cash award he went on to record "See My Cat “, his debut CD which now sits by special invitation in Canada's Library Archives where it will rest alongside the nation’s finest recordings for centuries to come.

Born in Toronto Ontario, John grew up no stranger to extremely hard times. Although he speaks little of his past, carefully choosing his words and the stories he wishes to tell, it does shed some light on where his muse for songwriting originates. Listen to almost any track and you get the feeling you're eavesdropping on a man sitting peacefully in some quiet room strumming on an old guitar or playing sad, desperate notes on a worn piano and simply singing – singing to no one and for no one but himself. Miraculously, any drums or bass that find their way into a song are almost instantaneously tuned out until all you're left with is the sound of a gentle man - exposed, shy, magnetic and terribly complex.

2010 NIAGARA MUSIC AWARDS
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR WINNER

2010 NIAGARA MUSIC AWARDS
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR WINNER

2010 'BEST SONG IN THE WORLD' CONTEST**
RUNNER-UP

2008 ONTARIO INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE
BEST MALE ARTIST

2008 NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS COMPETITION
FINALIST

2008 GREAT LAKES SONGWRITING CONTEST
FINALIST

2007 ONTARIO INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE
BEST MALE ARTIST

2007 EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE AWARD NOMINEE
BEST POP SONG

2006 FACTOR
NEW TALENT AWARD WINNER

** the 'best song in the world' contest is hosted by the legendary gary allen (charlie daniels band)

Lyrics

Lyrics - The Things We Said

Written By: John Boyd

THE THINGS WE SAID
Music and lyrics by John Boyd

Come,she said.
Let’s take a little walk, she said.
Let’s have a little talk, she said.
Don’t open up the box, she said.
There’s nothing there to see, she said.

John, she said.
I’ve made a better plan, she said.
And I hope you’ll understand, she said.
I met another man, she said.
‘Cause there’s nothing here for me, she said.

Go, I said.
Make another life, I said.
Be another man’s wife, I said.
If that’s what you need, I said.
Then that’s okay with me, I said.

Go on, I said.
No more need for words, I said.
They’ll only make it worse, I said.
They’ll make it hurt, I said.
I guess this is goodbye, I said.

God, she said.
I only wanted love, she said.
I only wanted hope, she said.
I only wanted you, she said.
When I thought you wanted me, she said.

Please, she said.
Oh please don’t be mad, she said.
It really ain’t that bad, she said.
And all the times we had, she said.
They’ll carry us on through, she said.

Damn you, I said.
I only offered love, I said.
I only spoke of hope, I said.
I only wanted you, I said.
And I thought you wanted me, I said.

Please, I said.
Oh please don’t you go, I said.
You’re everything I know, I said.
You’re everything I love, I said.
I’ll carry us on through, I said.

But John, she said.
I’ve made a better plan, she said.
And I hope you’ll understand, she said.
I met another man, she said.

Then that’s all she said.
Then that’s all she said.
Then that’s all she said.
That’s all she said to me.

Lyrics - Home

Written By: John Boyd

HOME
Music and lyrics by John Boyd

Starve my soul and fuel my bones
There ain’t no point in going home
But I feel like I can fly, so why not try.

Curse myself for what I spend
There ain’t no cure for losing friends
And I feel like I could die, so why not cry.

Oh I feel like I’ve been down this road before
And though I ain’t looking for the door
I know that I could be so much more
If I just go home.

Seen my way through thick and thin
Walked the earth and back again
And my feet are so damn tired, I need to rest awhile.

Found myself lucky once
And though I couldn’t give enough
She always understood that I could do some good.

And I feel like I’ve been down this road before
And though I ain’t looking for the door
I know that I could be so much more
If I just go home.

I know that I could be so much more
If I just go home.

Discography

2007 See My Cat
2008 Butterflies And Girls
2009 Essentials
2011 Make Up Your Mind (Spring 2011)