John Boyd
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John Boyd

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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"See My Cat Review"

THE NIAGARA REVIEW
**** (4 stars out of five)
CD: SEE MY CAT - John Boyd

"Gotta keep on singing this sad song," croons Niagara Falls' John Boyd on the first song of his debut cd. "One day it's gonna bring my baby back home." If it means more albums as good as this, she can take her time .

Aided by sturdy local players like Pete Haverkamp - but mostly with late nights and an acoustic guitar - Boyd has crafted one of those introductory CDs which should make all of Canada take notice, not just the hometown crowd. After months of buzz, Boyd's anxiously-awaited See My Cat opens with the stark, stunning Far Too Long, which sounds like the greatest song the Cowboy Junkies never got around to. It's the loudest thing you'll find here - most of what follows is deep, dark and drenched in Delta. With a singing voice barely above a whisper, Boyd offers maximum misery on And This Beer, the soundtrack to a solitary night in the pub: "Long ago in another life / I had two kids and a loving wife / Now they're gone forever I fear, So I'll take comfort in the good Lord and this beer." Later in the sweet Summer Rain, those Nick Drake comparisons start feeling earned.

A better comparison might be Ron Sexsmith - the last great artist Niagara produced. We'll see what Boyd's next step is, but the first one is a doozie.
- John Law
- The Niagara Falls Review


Discography

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

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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 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)