John Welton Music

John Welton Music

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John Welton's music has the ability to convey dreams of life that emanate from his heart and soul. This musical energy takes on many forms of diversity, albeit: Folk, Reggae, Rock, Humor, whatever music you connect with, John has a song for you, because without you, there would be no song.

Biography

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 just 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 found the Iguanahead Family, a close group of people who threw 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 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 Richie Havens, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Sam Bush, the David Grisman Quintet, Dark Star Orchestra, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Airto Moreira, Ekoostik Hookah, Keller Williams, Rusted Root, The Recipe, Carlos Jones & the Plus Band, Little Feat, Boombox, Donna the Buffalo, Wookiefoot, Sultans of Bing, Burning River Band, Melvin Seals, Victor Wooten, Wish You Were Here, Railroad Earth, Bernie Worrell, Phil Keagy, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Garcia Band, and many more.

John will tour with The Recipe (www.therecipefamily.com) in early 2007, with a new studio and a live CD release to follow.

Agency - 937/523-0252
AlchemyHouse Productions
bookings@johnweltonmusic.com

Lyrics

Sandcastle

Written By: John Welton

Took a walk along the beach of my memory

I could feel the sands of time beneath my feet

Doesn’t seem so long ago

Maybe I lost track of time I don’t know

We built a sandcastle

Said it would last forever

We knew how we felt right then

But we weren’t prepared for the stormy weather

Never thought it would all be washed away

Never thought it would all be washed away

And after all this time

I can finally say that I have no regrets

But Every now and then

I still remember just so I won’t forget

I won’t forget

I had a dream and we both were there

The ocean breeze was blowing through your hair

Never had a dream so real

As real as the way I feel

We built a sandcastle

Said it would last forever

We knew how we felt right then

But we weren’t prepared for the stormy weather

Never thought it would all be washed away

Never thought it would all be washed away

No I never thought it would all be washed away

And after all this time

I can finally say that I have no regrets

But Every now and then

I still remember just so I won’t forget

No I won’t forget

For You

Written By: John Welton

I like the way the sun feels in my eyes

Yes I do

Because it reminds me of looking at you

I’m blinded by the light that you emanate

You radiate

You’re keeping me warm when I'm within your view

And it should come as no surprise

That I like to get high

Just so I can be up there with you

Dancing in your heavenly light

It feels so right

Days like today prove that it couldn’t be wrong

It couldn’t be wrong

That’s why I'm singin this song

Need you to know

I’m so grateful for you

I’m so thankful for the things you do

Yes I am

Don’t know what I would do without you

My heart sings this harmony

For you

(Solo) for you

Feeling high on life

I’m on top of the world

The sky is blue and the birds are singing

When I’m feeling down sometimes

I just change my mind

Because life’s too short but there's still plenty of time

To do all the things I always wanted to do

Make all my dreams come true

Each and every one of them include you

I got to have you by my side

You’re my best friend

You take me higher than I’ve ever been

You’re my best friend

I’m higher than I’ve ever been

Say it again

I’m so grateful for you

I’m so thankful for the things you do

Don’t know what I would do without you

My heart sings this melody

For you

Today

Written By: John Welton

Today’s gonna be the day

I’m gonna look at it all in a different way

The whole world is gonna change before my eyes

Gonna wake up and see

My whole life in front of me

I will shine on this day

Like a sunrise

And it makes me feel good inside

Just to know that we have a choice

To live our lives or just survive

Do what we love and love what we do

No one can take that choice away

That’s the beauty of our freedom

You can look forward to another day

But today’s the day to make a change

Look out at the stars

And see your reflection

You are everything

Everything is you

Close your eyes

And see inside of your world

You will find your soul is

Ready to shine through

DO what you love

And love what you do

It the only choice and its up to you x3

Do what you love and it’s up to you

It's the only choice

Nobody's gonna make it for you

Today’s gonna be the day

I’m gonna look at it all in a different way

The whole world is gonna change before my eyes

~Dedicated to John "Pops" Dickerson

Discography

John Welton & Friends @ The Oasis (live show)~2007
John Welton Old and New~2007
John Welton's Reefer Gladness~2006

Streaming tracks available at:
http//www.johnweltonmusic.com

Set List

My Family
For you
Sandcastle
Free Tommy Chong
Smile
The World Today
Molecules
The Solution
Tree of Life
War No More
Things On My Mind
Redwood
Shine Again
Everyday
*Many covers depending on the audience