Singer/Songwriter JOHN ENGHAUSER To Present Posthumous Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award To Family Of Bass Great Jaco Pastorious At 20th Annual
Los Angeles Music Awards – Thursday, November 18@Paramount Theater
Interviewed, Performs Live On Actors E Chat in Hollywood – Wednesday, Nov.17; Performs Live: Vin Club/Friday, November 26; Hotel Utah – Saturday, December 4
“Skillful artist whose amiable, laid-back recordings demonstrate exceptional attention to detail, especially in his acoustic guitar and the way instruments are placed in the mix…what’s distinctive about his brand of pop-rock is its decided smooth-jazz influence in some of the guitar interludes (“Blame”) and in his use of the Rhodes keys.” MUSIC CONNECTION
HOLLYWOOD/SAN FRANCISCO— Bay Area-based singer/songwriter, guitarist and producer, John Enghauser, nominated in three categories for this year’s 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards (LAMA), presents a Posthumous Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award to the family of the late Jaco Pastorious at this year’s LAMA Main Event, Thursday, November 18 at Paramount Theater in Hollywood. Enghauser wrote a song about the late, great bassist, “So Many People,” on his recent critically-acclaimed CD, LOST IN THE PAGES (Blue Pie Records), which took home “Hot AC Album of the Year” at the 2009 (19th Annual) Los Angeles Music Awards.
On Wednesday, November 17, at 10 a.m., John visits the Hollywood-based studios of popular web television show, Actors E Chat. He will both be interviewed and perform live on the program. Log onto http://www.actorsentertainment.com to watch and chat live. Back in his hometown San Francisco, Enghauser performs live at The Vin Club on Friday, November 26 and the Hotel Utah on Saturday, December 4.
“There’s something cool happening in the local singer/songwriter scene. Catchy tunes are the order of the day. There’s a fusion of influence coming from soul and prog rock. I wish I could make up a genre name for it right now. John Enghauser has his original take on the sound. You can hear Jamiroquai and Genesis in there, but it’s not in your face. It’s like an undercurrent to Enghauser just doing what he does….forging ahead with his own voice. His new release, LOST IN THE PAGES, is getting the notice it deserves and has even garnered him a nomination for “Singer/Songwriter of The Year” for the 2010 LA Music Awards. Yes John, infect the City of Angels with our Saint Francis of Assisi grooves.” SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
John Enghauser currently performs both with his band and solo, both in the Bay Area of Northern California as well as throughout Southern California. He has been on the original music scene since the mid 90’s, beginning with his band Jamawokee, a high-octane four-piece funk rock project which debuted in Massachusetts. Enghauser began honing his songwriting and front man skills. The band released its first recording self-titled album “Jamawokee” in 1996. In the late 90’s, Enghauser fronted his own original group, Jeng, in which he wrote all of the material and whose potent live show piqued the interest of record labels such as Columbia and Virgin Records. John subsequently released his second album, “Larium Dream” – a compilation of Jeng songs he’d written during his time with the band. It was around thistime that John also served as Music Director and contributing songwriter on the indie films “Urban Relics” and “When it Rains”. The “Urban Relics” soundtrack was Enghauser’s third album to be released.
In 2000, Enghauser ventured westward, landing in California. After several musical stints in San Francisco and Los Angeles, John has settled in the Bay Area, where he currently resides.
In addition to performing all vocals, John plays guitar, bass and keyboards on “Lost In The Pages,”which has been played in 13 countries worldwide including England, Australia, Germany, France, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.
“At the time I was writing most of the material for “Lost in the Pages” I was going through an awful break-up so you’ll find lots of emotional lyrics about things like heart break, loss and redemption,” says Enghauser. “I also performed all of the vocals, acoustic guitars (electric, too), keyboards and bass, so it was a very time-consuming project for me. I think that the making of the CD gave me a much-needed escape to gravitate toward as well as a diary for what I was going through at the time. And it was a hell of a lot of fun to make,” he confesses.
Among Enghauser’s favorite songs on “Lost In The Pages” is “Cognition, Inc.”. “This is a funky re-tooling of a tune I wrote with my former band, Jamawokee. It’s a completely different song now and I even changed up the lyrics a bit. The lyric is still one of my favorites. It’s a satire which pokes fun of the American media and how much they shape our lives in the way we think and do things without us even knowing it. Think about how often you do, say, wear and buy things based on what you’ve seen, heard or read in the media. Cognition, Inc. is this big mind-controlling machine that we all submit to which claims to fulfill all of our wildest dreams. We all buy into it, but at what cost?” On a more sensitive note, “So Many People” is “an ode to Jaco Pastorius, the ingenious fusion bassist who died tragically. His biography is the most fascinating story I’ve ever read. I think it’s the only book I’ve ever read twice. This is one of my favorite songs and one of the best composing jobs I think I’ve ever done. Sometimes when I listen to the complexities of it I can’t believe it came from me. And it grooves so hard! What’s ironic about the way I recorded the song is that it’s the only time I played the bass line with a pick. I don’t think Jaco ever played with a pick in his life.”
JOHN ENGHAUSER – UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS/SPECIAL EVENTS ITINERARY
November 17 (Wed.) ACTORS E CHAT/Performance HOLLYWOOD, CA
November 18 (Thurs.) LOS ANGELES MUSIC AWARDS HOLLYWOOD, CA
November 26 (Fri.) VIN CLUB SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Dec. 4 (Sat.) HOTEL UTAH SAN FRANCISCO, CA
JOHN ENGHAUSER INTERVIEWS/LOST IN THE PAGES REVIEW CDS AVAILABLE.
John Enghauser Music Connection Review
John Enghauser Songwriters Monthly