John Michael Ferrari – Be the Smile on Your Face
Jul 3 Written By Which Coast
John Michael Ferrari is a singer songwriter who spans multiple genres but cites country as his largest stylistic influence. In addition to his career a as a musician, John Michael Ferrari is a man of many talents, working as a photographer, cinematographer, director, creative producer, music arranger, and author; his music seems to reflect all of his life experiences and it all comes together to create a sound uniquely his own. Ferrari’s newest album is “a collection of songs inspired by his own experiences and those of others” entitled Be the Smile on Your Face.
Be the Smile on Your Face begins with the title track and immediately the listener is treated to the tenderness and soul provided by John Michael Ferrari’s excellent vocal performances. Throughout the album, I noticed a lot of skilled country instrumentation, very clean production and a strong dose of passionate sincerity; John Michael Ferrari really puts his very soul into the music on Be the Smile on Your Face and the result is a memorable album that hits in all the right places.
Slower ballads like “Peggy Sues” and “So Beautiful” are beautifully composed and I found them to be emotional hard-hitters. In addition, the tracks that seemed to stand out most to me were “Be the Smile on Your Face” for its tender sincerity, “Don’t Need a Reason” which gave me with feelings similar to those I have when I listen to Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, and the peppy “You Should Be Winning” which closed the album on a very high note. Ferrari offers a lot of variety that kept me emotional and engaged throughout my experience listening to Be the Smile on Your Face.
Overall, Be the Smile on Your Face shows John Michael Ferrari’s genuine skill as a songwriter; his heart filled lyrics and soulful voice power this album in a way that is sure to resonate with everyone who listens. Be the Smile on Your Face is easy listening country at its best and will definitely leave you in a relaxed mood after each listen. You can check out Be the Smile on Your Face embedded below and check out John Michael Ferrari on his socials: Facebook Twitter.
Our first review of John Michael Ferrari’s album, “Be the Smile on Your Face.” Review by IndieMusic Plusfor
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A fun-loving, storytelling Nam Vet from Hollywood, CA, John Michael Ferrari pours out a whiskey-hued glass of Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues and Jazz in his music. Often backed by a crew of docs – drummer Dr. John Nowins, bassist Dr. David Miller, and keyboardist Dr. Bruce Topper – Ferrari’s songs are also produced by his longtime collaborator Pepper Jay. Influenced by The Wrecking Crew, Glen Campbell, and Tony Bennett, Ferrari delivers love croon vibes on his newest album, Be the Smile on Your Face, released on May 12.
John Michael Ferrari – Be the Smile on Your Face
One of the jazzier sounding songs on the album, “Don’t Need A Reason” is like a soft shuffle you’d hear being performed by Randy Newman. Loving yet playful, silly yet sweet, the lyrics show deep affection and adoration for another person. Nowins’ drums sweep along with soft brushes playing swung eighths, while you can simultaneously hear whispers of lap steel sliding up and down and quick little dabbles on the piano. This song is a fitting example of how Ferrari evenly blends jazz, pop, and country into one cohesive sound — each note sung out is a piece of kindling that burns with warm welcome and earthy humility.
“Nowhere to LA” is a song about living on the road, with lyrics describing the ups and downs of a traveling performer’s experiences and the loneliness that ensues along the way. Reminiscing on past memories as the song continues, the listener can hear more pedal steel echoing Ferrari’s sentiments in the background. Like a journal entry written to his audience when no one else is there to comfort him, “Nowhere to LA” brings out the blues side of Ferrari’s songwriting.
The most upbeat and pop-forward song on the album, “Who Can Blame A Broken Heart” offers an uplifting message to those who don’t have a significant other that it’s ok to be alone. Some of John Michael Ferrari’s songs are about being in love, and some are about being out of love – this one being the latter. This song is an a honest look at the acceptance of loneliness that comes with love, but leaves you feeling a little bit better about it no matter what kind of situation you may find yourself in.
About Katie Halligan
Katie Halligan is half of the duo Tart Vandelay. She resides in Rochester, NY, where she also owns ROC City Henna and is a freelancer at CITY Newspaper.
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June 29, 2020 Entire Article Here: Renowned singer songwriter John Michael Ferrari’s first full-length album My Early Life is a blast back to the past, including 12 songs he wrote years ago. Known for his songwriting style that comes with storytelling and child-like wonder, Ferrari compiled his favorite previously penned tunes to create a nostalgic saga that gives you a glimpse into what this raconteur has lived through.
Not to be confined to one box, Ferrari showcases his versatility throughout the album with various songs that can be classified as blues, pop, country, and more. Each song is unique in that it channels a new feeling different from the last one, while venturing into different styles with elements from multiple genres. In terms of the messages Ferrari conveys in his lyrics, he knows how to touch on sensitive subjects as well as keeping it light-hearted and fun when appropriate. In “Don’t Fall Between the Daylight”, he tells the story of a childhood friend who confessed to self-harming as a result of the pain she endured as a victim of poor mental health. Ferrari uses his voice to bring awareness to the severity of the too-often occurrence of teen suicide. On the other hand, he lightens the mood in his song “Let’s Run Away to Alaska”, which is based on an unsuccessful pickup line he attempted to court a young woman with back in the day.
After experiencing a particularly rough childhood and being sentenced to the Nevada State Children’s Home at age 15, John Michael Ferrari joined the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War, during which he wrote his first hit, “Dustoff”. A tribute to the brave men and women that come to the aid of wounded soldiers on the battlefield, the song is still celebrated among veterans today. In addition to being a songwriter and performer, Ferrari has had a hand in film directing, photography, entertainment journalism, performance coaching, and has written a book of his own as well as collaborating with his producer Pepper Jay to author “Dynamic Song Performance, The Singer’s Bible”. He now lives with Jay on their ranch in southern Nevada.
To learn more about John Michael Ferrari, visit:
You can stream his album My Early Life at https://open.spotify.com/album/6VVzOPZXMg4KTpbTZLB6Lk?si=JTek0FxGQfWg4TKzSY6fow.
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John Michael Ferrari is incredible. His songs and voice are like cross between Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and Jackson Browne, with just a dusting of Kenny Rogers.
Harry Hawver May 14, 2020
Johnny as the title says, this is SO BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on everything you’ve done, you are amazing and truly an inspiration, love you.
Christie Philips May 7, 2020
John Michael Ferrari is a talented, energetic, wonderfully gifted singer/songwriter and I highly recommend taking a look and listen! Can’t wait to catch another show!
Robyn Lynnea Gorkiewicz December 22, 2019
Amazingly talented songwriter,, John Michael Ferrari is also an engaging entertainer singer. Audience LOVES HIM. Sullivan’s Pub, Pahrump!
Bruce Hamburg Sr. April 9, 2019
John’s unique and soulful writing always touches the heart. He is a terrific singer and always puts on a fabulous show!
Christine Harte January 11, 2019
Great working with you John while I was rehearsing for the Marilyn play!
Your a great singer song writer!
Highly recommend you to others in the biz :):)
Erin Gavin November 12, 2018
My family and I enjoy the emotions that John shares through his music, from feelings of love to humor!!!
Stacy Adam DeVoid June 19, 2018
I like it. Reminds me of a smooth jazz/classic record. Also he has a very good & unique clear tone..
Carl J. Carlito June 19, 2018
Highly recommend… Wonderful music
Lori Colburn January 22, 2018
I think John is an excellent song writer! a musical genius although not my genre of music, I had the privilege of sitting in one of his sessions with my daughter and had the pleasure of hearing sing and play some of his originals Wow ! This guy has what it takes to mesmerize you with his lyrics and song. Since then, he’s been a great inspiration for me. I certainly appreciate good music from Mozart to garage punk
bands. The ones that are worthy need praise and John Michael Ferrari certainly is one that should receive honors!!
Anthony Borgia June 23, 2018
Love this new album and music from John Michael Ferrari‘ it sounds great and I can’t wait to share on a reunion weekend coming up on the drive and around the camp fire’ nothing like new music for a road trip!
Lori Purplemonkeys June 21, 2018
Really great songs. As a Viet Nam survivor I found “Dustoff” especially poignant and relevant to me.
Henry Pfiester June 14, 2018
You are so incredibly talented John!!! The album was so wonderful and I truly enjoyed it!!! Thank you so much Pepper for producing it and sharing it 🙂
Love you guys!
Laryssa Brandt June 12, 2018
The earth moved… angels wept… and John Michael Ferrari continues to amaze his adoring fans! What an album! We love you, John–what an incredible talent, phenomenal life, and testament to loving others! And thank you, Pepper, for inspiring and producing! Much Love, Geoff, Esther, Halyna, Phil, and Laryssa
Halyna Donatelli June 11, 2018
Really great songs. As a Viet Nam survivor I found “Dustoff” especially poignant and relevant to me. A good variety of melodic songs with emotional impact.
Joan Easley June 11, 2018
Beautiful and so sincere. I felt like I was sitting around a campfire just listening to this song. Thank you for the way you share yourself so real and honestly in your songs.
John Wright June 10, 2018
Beautiful songs and soothing voice!
Jacques de Groot June 10, 2018
I am a big fan of John Michael Ferrari. He has a wonderful positive personality, sense of humor, terrific musical sense and high quality as a musician, singer and songwriter. And… on top of all that… he is really a fantastic person.
Brian St. August May 23, 2018
Highly recommend Johnny’s show! His songs are touching and bring tears to my eyes and joy to my heart! John, you have a beautiful voice and I never tire of seeing you perform!
Sara Delphine January 3, 2018
Ferrari is gifted with a personable and off-the-wall personality that both entertains and successfully teaches others. He is a pleasure to work with”.
Management: Pepper Jay – Pepper J. Productions
Thank you John Michael Ferrari, official photographer for the Wilshire Bar Association Los Angeles, CA (April 2005)
Rick and I had a great time:)
You are sure an interesting bunch; everyone extraordinary in their own way. We both loved working with you and John Ferrari and look forward to the next session.
Eliza Swensen and Rick Manzano: Actors Models (February 2005)
Pepper and John, you guys are really awesome. I woke up early this morning even after going to bed pretty late because I am so excited about the production.
Ann Marie Crouch gorgeous and had the personality and presence to match.
Rich Skolburg: Singer/Songwriter (September 2004)
I had the great fortune to work on “Hercules in Hollywood”. It was a tremendous educational experience thanks to John Michael Ferrari, Pepper Jay, and the array of on-set talents. John is an artist when it comes to photography and an actors dream as a director. He is insightful, inspirational and, moreover, generous with his knowledge. His sensibilities coupled with that spiritual generosity put him at the top of my list. I’ll work with him anyday!
Anouschka: Singer Songwriter Actor
TheCreativeGirl.com (December 2004)
We have received the pictures!!! They are gorgeus, thanks so much.
Joan Somervell: Model (June 2004)
John Ferrari is an experienced artist whose work consistently maintains a fresh and intriguing quality. His knowledge throughout the entertainment genre is transferred warmly via his talent for communication, and focus on excellence.
Camille LaBry: Actress/Singer/Model (Sept 19, 2003)
Thank you John for your ideas and photography talents! Artistor.com a unique online gift store.
John is one of the most promising photographers of the decade, with a very clear vision of his work. Always learning and open to new ideas and techniques, he manages to find the gold and glimmer of every subject that stands before him. Anyone who is photographed by John, leaves the studio with an entirely different sense of who they can become on the printed page.
Christine Harte: Singer/Songwriter (Aug 2003)
John has been an inspiration to me. His positive attitude, his obvious love for “the work” and his bountiful energy are all beacons of light for me. I love working with him!
Gretchen Weiss, Actress/Singer (Sept 2001)
” John’s warmth and optimism was inspiring.Each session with John I was more impressed with his talent, creativity, and vision. Through his deep understanding of people, he helps you to discover completely new aspects of yourself whether it be through photographs, scenes,or vocals. Working with John was fun, enlightening, and always NEW!”
Carly Oates, Model (Mar 2001)
“John Michael Ferrari is A Survivor In The Spotlight” … and “a respected song performance and acting coach”
Karaoke Scene Magazine (Oct-Nov 1998)
“Amazing. For 30 years I thought I couldn’t sing. John made singing really easy and fun. A great time!”
Thereza Ellis, Actress (April 6, 1998)
“John Ferrari is great and he’s a wonderful teacher, too. He has an extremely nurturing and patient manner about him. I look forward to my weekly coaching sessions.”
Kristine Kelly Actress (March 11, 1998)
“I never liked looking at myself perform. I couldn’t believe how fast my singing performance skills improved with John’s guidance and what he showed me using the video camera. My vocal teachers couldn’t communicate to me what was needed. Dynamic Song Performance works and it’s wonderful. Thank you John”.
Kaylene Peoples singer/musical arranger/director and former Miss California
(February 12, 1998)
“Thank you John Michael, one of the finalist judges in the category ‘Musical Special'”.
National Cable Ace Awards. (Fall 1997)
The Tolucan calls our Johnny Ferrari a crooner with a “smooth as silk” voice. (September 6, 1995)
“Dear John, You are my favorite partner in crime …
I couldn’t have asked for more”.
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Actress, Singer
and now Director
The Los Angeles Times in a full page article entitled, “No Earplugs Required,” reports John Michael is “reminiscent of Sammy Davis Jr or the early Bobby Darin”. (July 9, 1993)