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Gracie returns to Sydney park
Cape Breton Post
Published: Nov. 27, 2017
Annual holiday concert to take place in Wentworth Park on Dec. 23
SYDNEY, N.S. - John Gracie will return for his annual Christmas concert in Sydney’s Wentworth Park at 7 p.m. on Dec. 23.
will be the 11th year for the event although for a few moments there
were questions about whether it would even take place when a presenting
sponsor dropped out. But the Glace Bay Y’s Men and Women’s Club and
Atlantic Lottery Corp. have stepped in to be this year’s presenting
sponsors after learning about the situation on social media. (continue reading the full article)
Friday, December 2 at Trinity United Church in Charlottetown, PEI
Friday, December 15 at Bella Rose Arts Centre in Halifax, NS
Saturday, December 23 - 11th Annual Free Christmas Concert in Wentworth Park in Sydney, NS
Sunday, December 11 at Bella Rose Arts Centre in Halifax, NS
A John Gracie Christmas 2015
you to our newest partner, Membertou for helping us present John Gracie’s
Christmas Concert in Wentworth Park.
Stay tuned, Big Bright Yellow Sun, John’s
new album with his daughter actress/singer Samantha Gracie is about to
drop! This father/daughter collaboration is a dream come true for John,
to pre-order, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Tour Dates for 2014 are now being confirmed- if you are interested
in booking the Christmas Show contact Andree at email@example.com
or phone 902 401 4939.
We have had to make a difficult decision this morning,
based on the weather forecast for Sydney and area tonight, we will not
be having the John Gracie Concert featuring Samantha Gracie in Wentworth
Park - freezing rain will not allow us to use electricity safely nor would
we want to put the public in danger trying to get there. We are going
to postpone the event and have a spring/summer concert instead, thank
you to our sponsors Cape Breton Radio, (CJCB, 94.9 THE CAPE, 98.3 The
Max FM) Tim Hortons, Open Hearth Park, CBRM,Cape Breton Post, Sobeys,
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney - we will be certainly also be bringing
back the concert to Wentworth Park next year, Merry Christmas everyone!
Happy Holidays from the Gracies!! It has been a wonderful
year, we released another album, Fly Me to the Moon, travelled to Doha,
Qatar, and many other wonderful places and end the year with our annual
Christmas Tour. Our last Christmas date will once again be on December
23rd in Wentworth Park in Sydney, our seventh year! Special thanks to
our sponsors Tim Hortons, Open Hearth Park, MBS, Cambridge Suites, CB
We wish everyone the Merriest of Christmases and the very best in 2014!
You are invited!! John Gracie is bringing his Vintage Vegas show (all
the great music of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett) to Stayner’s
Wharf on the Halifax Waterfront, next Wednesday night, March 6- show starts
at 8pm, no cover charge. Come relax to this wonderful music, dance the
night away and enjoy great food and drink. Reserve your table now,492-1800
or just drop by. John will be at Stayner’s March 20 and 27 as well.
Next week is a big week- the March 6 performance leads him into Eastlink
East Coast Music Week where he plays at the Bluebird North Stage, hosting
a songwriter circle, Saturday, March 9, 5pm at Compass Room, Casino NS,
then he is on the National Bank Groove Stage at 8pm, at Waterfront Warehouse
and then on Sunday we fly to Doha, Qatar for an executive corporate dinner
Really hope to see you next Wednesday- it is a great way to get rid of
the late winter blues!!
John Gracie Held Over AGAIN at Casino Nova Scotia
Run starts this Thursday – and every Thursday until end of May
Grey-Sea Entertainment is pleased to announce John Gracie’s
show Vintage Vegas has once again been held over at the Harbourfront Lounge,
Casino Nova Scotia commencing this Thursday night and running until May
31st. Show time is 7-8:30pm and features the award winning Gracie performing
music from his latest album, Live from the Flamingo – A Bennett/Sinatra
Gracie commented, “We love The Harbourfront- we love the audiences
and we are having a ball bringing back the fabulous music of Bennett and
After an audience favourite performance at Titanic 100’s Night of
the Bells, Gracie looks forward to returning to Casino Nova Scotia for
this extended run. Check out the tour dates.
For interviews or bookings, contact Grey-Sea Entertainment
at 902 446 6995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
John Gracie brings his music to Casino Nova Scotia,
FEO Ontario and Cuba Beaches
After a sold out show for his CD Release Party, John Gracie
returns to the Harbourfront Lounge, Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax for two
more shows- this Thursday, March 1st and next Thursday, March 8. Gracie
leaves for performances in Niagara Falls this weekend and takes his music
to the beaches of Cuba on March 15th.
For more information, contact Andree Gracie, Grey-Sea Entertainment at
email@example.com or phone
902 401 4939.
John Gracie Official CD Release Party- Thursday
February 23 at 7pm- Harbourfront Lounge, Casino NS- Be there as we toast
Live from the Flamingo- A Bennett/Sinatra Salute!
John Gracie Brings his New Show to Harbourfront
Lounge Casino NS Halifax
John Gracie has just inked a contract that will bring the
music from his new CD, Live from the Flamingo- A Bennett/Sinatra Salute
to the Harbourfront Lounge Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax starting this Thursday,
Feb 2nd and running until March 8th. The show will run from 7-8:30pm.
John Gracie’s smooth vocals are a perfect fit for this music and
he will be joined by his swing band made up of some of the country’s
best jazz musicians. Come enjoy cocktails, CD giveaways, dancing, and
great music! No cover charge.
For more information, contact Andree Gracie at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 902 446 6995.
Multiple Award Winning Artist John Gracie joins
the FK13 Talent Agency Roster
Grey-Sea Entertainment is pleased to announce that Canadian entertainer,
recording artist, John Gracie has joined the talent roster of FK13 Entertainment
and Talent Agency. FK13 has offices in Montreal and Las Vegas and provides
entertainment to clients internationally.
“FK13 Entertainment & Talent Agency is proud to welcome John
Gracie to its artistic family. His remarkable talent will contribute to
the continuation of our everlasting motto; to Amaze and Entertain!”-
Christain Jamal, FK13.
Gracie commented, “I am thrilled to be with FK13 and I am looking
forward to taking my music to the world via this exciting company.”
Visit FK13 at fk13eta.com
Gracie channels legendary crooners on newest album – “Feedback”,
Dan MacDonlad, CB Post
Just before Christmas, I had a chance to catch John Gracie
doing his annual concert in Sydney’s Wentworth Park. He was backed
by a great band that made everything sound good in an outdoor show on
a damp and chilly December evening. John was also joined by his daughter
Samantha, who has developed into a great singer with a charming stage
While John did a seasonal show in the park, he also has a new recording
on the go that features the music of a pair of his musical idols Tony
Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
“Live from the Flamingo: A Bennett, Sinatra Salute” contains
11 familiar numbers that come from such great writers as Cole Porter,
Johnny Mandel, Bert Kaempfert and Johnny Mercer. These were hits from
the 40s, 50s and early 60s, the music that was played on the radio and
stages of the day, the showtunes from Broadway and the themes from popular
movies of the time.
Needless to say John handles all the vocals and his smooth voice lends
itself so well to this material. He’s a crooner with a nice relaxed
style who would have sounded so natural fronting a big band from that
era. He doesn’t have a “big” band behind him, but the
five musicians that he does have are top-notch and able to recreate the
right feel for the occasion.
Whether you lean toward “The Sunnyside of the Street” or “All
of Me,” “The Shadow of Your Smile” or “I Left
My Heart in San Francisco,” they are all there. “Live From
the Flamingo” is a great CD. If that’s your style, make sure
to pick it up since I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it.
Thank you to our sponsors and corporate table purchasers
that made last night's John Gracie's Christmas Concert in Halifax a huge
success, thanks to Rolf Bouman, Canadian Pioneer Estates/The Bouman Group,
Lite 929 (Steph, Lien, Jamie and Lisa), Casino NS, Minuteman Press and
of course the Parkinson Society Maritime Region who the show supported.
Companies who supported the show were
· Clearwater – Pat Woodworth, Colin MacDonald
· Prudential Property Specialists – Carolyn Davis Stewart
· RCS Construction – Doug Doucet
· Trade Centre Limited
· Tracey Devereaux
· Levy, Casey, Carter, MacLean
· Tour Tech East – Peter Hendrickson and Lori Laderoute
· Foxgrove Benefits – Joe MacDonald
· Judy Anne Steele
· Bio-Recovery Canada- Paul McCarthy
· Quality Concrete, Doug Brophy- donated seats to PSMR
· MICCO- Mickey MacDonald
· Roma Dingwell
· James N Horwich Incorporated
· Famous Folks- Ryan Joseph and Jay Dingwall
Happy Holidays everyone:
I can’t believe are heading into the Holiday Season- today’s
snow is putting everyone in the spirit!
Next week, we are doing the Tourism Summit in Halifax where I will be
giving everyone a taste of the music from my new Bennett/Sinatra Salute-
Live from the Flamingo. The CD will be arriving any day now!
We are also doing a great event with Balle-NS on December 7th at Brussels
Restaurant in Halifax, come join us, we play at 6:30pm. Earlier that day
around 4:30 pm at the same location, we have a guest slot on Late Night
with Dr. Paul which should be a lot of fun!
Then we hit the road for our 2011 Christmas Tour - this year we have dates
in Charlottetown, Summerside, St. Andrews, NB, Halifax and Sydney. Check
our tour date section on the website for details. Samantha will be joining
us when she can and we have some other surprises lined up as well. Thank
you to all our sponsors.
We are also heading up a group trip to Cuba, March 15-22, 2012, I will
be playing tunes on the beach and leading some excursions. I can’t
wait!! For information on how you can join us, email Andree email@example.com
So the year is ending on a wonderful note- please keep in touch, visit
my facebook sites, follow me on twitter or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Holidays to one and all,
John Gracie to Host Completing the Circle
With Special Guests Laura Smith, Buddy MacDonald, Paul Lamb and Cory Tetford
April sees the launch of a very special Songwriter Concert, “Completing
the Circle”- audiences will get to experience the complete story
behind the songs with award-winning East Coast songwriters, John Gracie,
Laura Smith, Buddy MacDonald, Cory Tetford and Paul Lamb.
On April 2nd at th’YARC in Yarmouth, John Gracie will host Completing
the Circle with Laura Smith and Buddy MacDonald and then it’s off
to the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro on April 7th where John will
host Paul Lamb and Cory Tetford. On April 29th, John, Laura and Buddy
take the show to the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay.
Life’s journey has taken these songwriters to many places and has
inspired an amazing catalogue of music, don’t miss your opportunity
to experience the stories firsthand.
For more information, media interviews contact Andree Gracie at email@example.com
or call (902) 401 4939.
Tickets available at the venues.
click on posters for show details
New John Gracie CD to be released in 2011
John is currently in studio working on his newest release, 5 songs done
– will include duets with Samantha!
6th Annual Cause for Paws Dinner, Auction &
This event in support of animal cruelty investigations across
the province will take place at the Marriott Halifax Harbourfront Hotel
on November 7th from 5:30-11pm. Join us for an exciting formal evening
hosted by Neville Mackay and featuring performances by Juno-nominated,
multiple ECMA award winner singer and songwriter John Gracie, harpist
and vocal duo Ardyth and Jennifer, classical guitarist Louis Leroux, floutist/harpist
Saeed Foroughi and pianist Bill McDow. The evening will feature a gourmet
three-course meal and silent and live auction. Visit www.causeforpaws.spcans.ca,
or call 821-2823 for more information and to reserve a ticket!
John Gracie Concert Helps Raise Funds for the St.
Mary's and District Fireman's Association
Juno nominated, multiple ECMA award winner, John Gracie will be live in
concert, Saturday, May 2nd, 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Academy in Sherbrooke,
NS in support of the St. Mary’s and District Fireman’s Association.
This fundraiser will help the association pay for new safety equipment.
Gracie has recently released his CD, Then Again, Recollections-songs of
a Maritime Troubadour, an album giving listeners the best of Gracie’s
11 recording projects. Gracie will feature many of these songs that evening
plus he will unveil some new songs he has recently written for a duets
project with his daughter Samantha.
Gracie looks forwards to helping out the St. Mary’s and District
Fireman’s Association. “I love this area of the province.
I taped my Christmas TV special there. The people are wonderful and very
supportive. I hope I can help this volunteer group raise the funds they
need,” commented Gracie.
Tickets are now available by phoning Linda Archibald at 902 833 2035 and
will be available at the door.
After releasing 10 albums and
enjoying a career of writing, recording and touring, singer/songwriter
John Gracie is bringing his audience an album that includes a collection
of favourites from each on the 20th anniversary of his recording
career. Then Again- Recollections will take the listener along on
John’s musical journey from his early writing and the influence
of the sea to his writing and recording trips to Nashville and then
back home again where his writing took a social conscience turn.
It also includes some of the favourites from his best selling Gene
MacLellan Tribute, a selection of East Coast traditional songs and
a few classics like David Clayton Thomas’s You’re the
One and the country favourite, That’s All that Matters to
Gracie was once asked by a journalist why his recordings were so
diverse, he answered by saying, “Why would anyone who loves
all music, perform only one genre of music?” The interviewer
replied, “To be successful!” Gracie was floored by this
response. He has always said that success at any cost, was hardly
success, he is happy with his decisions, he sings and writes what
he enjoys and is never bored. The journey has been an interesting
one with no regrets.
The journey continues as Gracie is currently writing for his 12th
album to be released in 2009.
For interviews, copies of the CD or more information, contact Andree
at Grey-Sea Entertainment, 902 462 6768, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit www.johngracie.com or John Gracie Fan club on Facebook.
Release Date: Then Again-Recollections, October 14, 2008
John Gracie Catalogue:
Thinkin Bout Midnight- 1988
Standing in the Dark- 1992
John Gracie- A Gene MacLellan Tribute- 1995
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- 1996
Nova Scotia Lullabye- 1997
Live! Off the Floor but Close to the Ground- 2000
Christmas As I Remember It- 2003
Acoustic JEEP- 2004
Simply Christmas- 2006
Then Again- Recollections- 2008
Just put the finishing touches on my new studio and we are anxious
to get in and start recording. I’ve been spending the last
few months writing, bought a new guitar and I am really looking
forward to working on the new album. The new CD will include some
duets with my daughter, Samantha which will be a lot of fun. I will
be on the road this summer so check my tour dates and then in the
fall we are heading to Saskatchewan for a Western tour.
Enjoy the summer!
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Also available: a gift certificate for 1 ticket
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The certificate holder can redeem their certificate
for tickets to the performance date of their choice.
February 20 - March 9, 2008
Opening Night February 21
At the Alderney Landing Theatre on the Dartmouth
Stan Rogers – A Matter of Heart is a
theatrical celebration of the songs and stories of Canadian Music
Legend Stan Rogers featuring over 35 of his best-loved songs. Following
tremendously successful productions in Charlottetown, Toronto and
Hamilton, Eastern Front brings the music of Stan Rogers’ home
to Nova Scotia, in an all new production.
In order to do justice to the music of Stan
Rogers, Eastern Front Theatre will engage four exceptional singers.
Casting to date includes two of Nova Scotia’s finest voices
– the Juno nominated and multi-ECMA award winner John Gracie
and well-known singer/musical theatre performer Frank MacKay. The
luminous Julain Molnar is the latest casting coup.
Call 902-463-7529 to purchase your gift certificates
Posted Nov 9, 2007
I can’t believe it is November and weeks away from the Holiday
Season. We have been busy, we just got back from a super time in
Lloydminster Saskatchewan where we showcased at OSAC. We saw a ton
of old friends from touring out west and we made some great new
ones. It looks like we will be on the road next fall throughout
Saskatchewan, touring with my band members Gordon Stobbe and Greg
Now we are getting set to start out on our Christmas Tour, my 17
year old daughter will be on tour with us and she will be joining
me on stage for our duet, the father/daughter version of Baby It's
We were thrilled with the response we got from this song last
year. We sang it in New York at the Canadian Tree Lighting which
was a blast and we got a lot of great feedback from national radio
This Christmas I am also doing some charity work for the Salvation
Army- stay tuned for more details on this fundraising campaign.
We are in our new house and I am setting up my new studio to start
recording again, hopefully we will have something laid down in the
new year. I’ve been doing a lot of writing.
Hope to see you at one of our Christmas Shows, keep safe, happy
and healthy and have a very Happy Holiday Season.
Posted June 25, 2007
John Gracie Launches “Great Canadian Singalong”
at Sydney’s Canada Day Celebration
Sydney, NS - Mutliple award-winning, singer/songwriter,
John Gracie kicks off his summer touring with the launch of a new
live show that promises to be a most enjoyable evening for audience
members. The new show is the Great Canadian Singalong that
will be launched at Sydney’s Canada Day celebrations on the
Boardwalk the evening of July 1st. John and his band will encourage
the audience to singalong with some of the best singalong songs
of the past number of decades.
“It will be like one huge campfire singalong!” commented
Gracie who looks forward to leading audience members in music that
has stood the test of time. “During years of touring, festival
audiences take great pleasure in interacting with our show, now
that is an official singalong, you’ll be able to hear their
singing all over Sydney!!”
Gracie may be joined by a surprise guest. Gracie’s daughter
Samantha recently sang Tom Paxton’s Last Thing on my Mind
at a concert in Digby and for the IWK telethon. Another performance
may be scheduled for Canada Day.
This event kicks off John’s summer which also includes performances
at Liverpool’s Privateer Days, a Tall Ships Concert at Casino
NS in Halifax, a performance at the Assembly of First Nations Conference,
a concert at Evergreen Theatre, just to name a few.
Gracie is also preparing for his showcase at OSAC in Saskatchewan,
his 2007 Christmas Tour, the release of his 10th CD
“Then Again- Recollections” and a starring
role in Stan Rogers A Matter of Heart,
an Eastern Front Theatre Production running February 21st- March
Posted May 27, 2007
Well, where did the time go since our Christmas tour! We
have been crazy busy at the Gracies. We will be moving into a new
home and I will be looking forward to creating a new recording studio.
We have some new projects set to go that we will be sharing with
you in the months ahead. I am also hoping to do some more work with
my daughter Samantha so stay tuned.
This summer we will be releasing a new CD that will be a compilation
of selections from all my albums, songs are now being selected and
artwork for the cover has been completed. We will have these available
for our summer touring.
Another one of the projects we are working on is Concert By the
Sea, you can get a sneak preview of this show by coming to the concert
at the Schooner Showroom, Casino NS during Tall Ships (July 14th).
Hope to see you during the summer months, keep checking the tour
date section of the website for new additions.
Posted Nov 9, 2006
John Gracie’s Long Awaited New Christmas CD, Simply
Christmas Has Arrived!
We are so thrilled to let you know that John spent the latter part
of the summer recording his new Christmas CD, Simply
Christmas. It has been 10 years since Have Yourself
a Merry Little Christmas was released, thank you to one and
all that brought that album into your home.
Please visit our CHRISTMAS page
for full details!
Posted Sept 28, 2006
John Gracie Nominated for Producer of the Year, Nova Scotia
NEW CHRISTMAS CD, “JOHN GRACIE- SIMPLY CHRISTMAS TO
BE RELEASED ON NEVADA ENTERTAINMENT/KOCH RECORDS-The long awaited
follow up Christmas CD will be released to retail this fall.
John has just signed a licensing deal with Nevada Entertainment/Koch
Records. Once again the CD will be host to more of your favourite
Christmas Classics. The album features harpists Ardyth and Jennifer
and truly brings the listener the spirit of Christmas.
Also, this album introduces John’s daughter, Samantha
Gracie. Samantha and John do a duet on the popular, “Baby
Its Cold Outside” with a rewrite that gives a father/daughter
spin on the classic. Check out the tour section of the website for
his Christmas dates.
Once again, John will be offering his show in a corporate
package, for more information call Andree at 902 462 6768 or email
Posted June 7, 2006
John Gracie Celebrates the Environment
Halifax, NS- Multiple award winning singer/songwriter, John Gracie
will perform this Saturday, June 10th at the Grand Parade,
in front of City Hall in Halifax commencing at 3:30
pm. This is a free concert “Celebrating the Environment”
presented by HRM, RRFB and the Province of Nova Scotia along with
other environmental partners.
Gracie’s latest CD, Acoustic JEEP
features the song, These are the Times,
a song that fits well with the theme of this celebration, encouraging
everyone to take care of the world and keep the promise that we
made to pass along a healthy planet to our children.
Naturally Green, Celebrating the Environment
is a day long event where the entire family can enjoy live entertainment,
participate in interactive events and learn about their environment.
The day of activities starts at 10 am with live concerts commencing
at 1:15 featuring a number of entertainers.
For further information on Celebrating the Environment, visit www.halifax.ca
Posted March 15, 2006
John Gracie joins Terry Kelly on Bringin' It Home Concert
Music Nova Scotia has partnered with the Department of Tourism,
Culture and Heritage to present the Bringin’ It Home
tour. The tour will present Nova Scotia’s hottest musicians
in communities across Nova Scotia.
Multiple Award winner, 2000 Juno nominee and 2006 ECMA nominee
for Folk Album of the Year, John Gracie is thrilled to be partnering
with long time friend and fellow musician Terry Kelly on the Bringin'
It Home Tour. This portion of the series will see John Gracie and
Terry Kelly performing on Thursday, March 23rd at Port Wallis United
Church, Waverly Road, Dartmouth, Friday, March 24th at the Osprey
Arts Centre in Shelburne and Saturday, March 25th at the Dominion
Building in Amherst. Concerts start at 7:30pm and tickets are only
Many have commented on the excellent pairing and look forward to
enjoying a blend of music from two of the region's best songwriters.
Gracie will be performing music from his latest ECMA nominated
CD, Acoustic JEEP as well as fan favourites from his catalogue of
8 albums. Don't miss the unique opportunity to see these highly
acclaimed artists in an up close and personal concert series.
Click here for Tour Dates and further details
Posted January 12, 2006
- 2006 Nominee for Folk Album of the Year
Watch John Gracie Music Videos on the Discography
page. Check them out here!
Posted Sept 13, 2005
John Gracie Honoured to be Folk/Roots
After a difficult personal journey, multiple award-winning singer/songwriter,
John Gracie wrote the music for his folk CD, Acoustic JEEP
with many songs addressing issues of the day, including
homelessness, the futility of violence, gun control, the wrongful
imprisonment of Donald Marshall and the need to try and make the
world a better place. It is his love project and because of this,
this nomination means a great deal. Singles continue to be released
and a new video is in pre-production with a team of well-known Atlantic
Thanks to James Ingram for his photography for the CD and Jason
Otis for his graphic design of the CD cover and insert. Thanks also
to all the great musicians that played on the CD (Greg Simm, Ross
Billard, Gord Stobbe, Danny Sutherland, George Christmas and Finlay
Tolliver for his guest appearance on Which Way is the Wind Blowin'
(the story of Donald Marshall). Also, thanks to Rob Steele and Kevin
Bulley for making the CD a reality and Maplenationwide for getting
it in stores across the country.
To listen to Acoustic JEEP visit www.johngracie.com
John is also honoured to be in this category with artists that he
has enjoyed working with over the years, from the earliest days
with Allie to festivals across the country with JP to the symphony
performance with Dan and most recently this summer when he shared
the stage with Jill at a Songwriter's Circle.
Thank you to all who have supported John Gracie and his music and
thank you MIANS for the nomination.
The folks at Grey-Sea Entertainment
Posted April 27, 2005
Hi Everyone: So glad its Spring! Since New Year's we have been busy
on the road. We had a great time at the International Folk
Alliance Conference in Montreal where we got to play at a variety
of showcases, met some great new people and got caught up with some
old friends. Then we were off to Festivals and Events Ontario
in Toronto and then back to Halifax. I've been writing some
new tunes and we are set to release the new single, If You Threw
it All Away from the CD, Acoustic JEEP. We are now planning the
summer touring season and we are looking forward to dates at Stanfest,
Ships Company Theatre, Pictou Lobster Carnival and CB Farmers Exhibition.
In August, we head back to my favourite spot, Trout Forest
Music Festival. Keep checking the tour date section for updates.
That's it for now, take care and leave us a message on the message
Posted Sept 30, 2004
Acoustic Jeep - New Release for John Gracie
Acoustic JEEP is John Gracie’s 8th CD and he says it feels like
his first. It is an all original CD that comes after a period of
personal losses and changes in his life. The songs are filled with
emotion and without a master plan, ironically, many have taken a
slant of social conscience. Some are gritty, some are tender and
some were great discoveries like the collaboration with Fizz of
Universal Soul, a Halifax rap artist who came on board for Which
Way is the Wind Blowin’ , the story of the wrongful imprisonment
of Mi’kmaq native, Donald Marshall. George Christmas, a Mi’kmaq
from Marshall ’s hometown also joins in on this song with a native
chant that is haunting.
There is also the powerful song, NRA Anyway about incidents like
Columbine and the trouble with the folks at the NRA.
These Are the Times is a reflection of what we should do to make
the world a better place and Kiss Me is a tender song asking people
to understand why the homeless are where they are, “kiss me, see
me” one emotional line in the last verse grabs the listener, “momma’s
little baby, daddy’s pride and joy, bated breath beneath the blanket
lies the broken little boy”.
Powerful songs of love gone wrong are found in If You Threw It All
Away, Trouble’s Hangin’ Around My Door, Dance Bobbie Dance, Don’t
Go and the Kristofferson like, Send the Soldiers.
The beautiful ballad, Old Stone Well , evolved to be a song encompassing
the final moments John spent with his dying sister. Although written
years before, the song entered his mind again as he sat with her
on her last days, the reason for the song was revealed.
Posted Feb 19, 2004
Well, today we are being hit by a major snow storm here in Nova
Scotia, it will be a good day to put the finishing touches on my
new CD. I am really happy with the way its going, it is a collection
of songs I have been writing for the last few years, a lot of them
seem to have the theme of social conscience which occured quite
by accident. There are some that people have been after me to record
for the past few years, my kids favourite is "If You Threw It All
Away" and a lot of people have picked "Send the Soldiers".
There are songs on the new CD about gun control, the homeless (Kiss
Me, we are hoping to feature a video for this song), and changing
the world for the better. The album features great musicians like
Gord Stobbe, Greg Simm, Dan Sutherland and Ross Billard and we will
also be announcing some special guest performers when the CD is
complete. We hope to have it released by late March/early April.
We are putting on some preview MP3s, take a listen.
Hope to see you over the summer, watch our tour dates section.