2021 NMA Winner John Michael Ferrari Releases “My Heart Can’t Breathe”
Cross-over Artist of the Year 2021 (New Music Awards) performing singer songwriter John Michael Ferrari releases his emotional break-up pop country crossover song, “My Heart Can’t Breathe”)
Coming off the recent success of his last album, “Be the Smile on Your Face,” during the Covid year, John Michael Ferrari had six tunes on radio charts from that album, he looks forward to hitting the road with his new single. As with his previous album, “My Heart Can’t Breathe” was recorded at Larry Beaird Studios, Nashville; produced by Pepper Jay, and written and performed by John Michael Ferrari for Cappy Records.
John Michael Ferrari sends special appreciation to Evan Hutchings on drums, Eli Beaird on bass, Troy Lancaster on electric guitar, Mike Rojas on keys, Justin Schipper on steel guitar, Kris Donegan on acoustic guitar, Jim “Jimbo” DeBlanc (tracking / BGV engineer), Rob Lane (Vocal Engineer), David Buchanan (mix engineer), and gorgeous background vocals of Tania Hancheroff, as well as radio promoter Loggins Promotion.
In addition to Cross-over Artist of the Year, John Michael Ferrari was named “Rising Star” 2021 determined by fan votes at the eZWay Virtual Golden Gala, awarded “Outstanding Triple A Album” for the “Be the Smile on Your Face” album by the Producer’s Choice Honors, awarded “Best Peace Song” 2020 at the Hollywood Tribute to the Oscars by Art 4 Peace, and Singer Songwriter of the Year 2019 at the Fame Awards.
Every song has a story. John Michael Ferrari’s songs are stories put to music. Sometimes, so emotionally relatable, it’s difficult for his audience not to shed a tear. He created “My Heart Can’t Breathe” after his heart ached seeing a photo of himself with a loved one from years ago.
John Michael Ferrari’s childhood was not a happy one. He found refuge in playing his guitar and singing. (He was not allowed to play his guitar in his step-father’s house.) The first song he learned was “Tom Dooley” and the first song he wrote at 14 was “Wah Do Wah Do” (not one for the record books.)
John spent his childhood on the streets and got into trouble. Finally, at age 15, a Judge called him incorrigible. Not understanding what that word meant, he responded “Thank you” and the Judge sentenced John to 2 years in the Nevada State Children’s Home in Carson City. John shares this “was probably the best thing that could have happened to me and the first time I felt safe as a child or teen”. Before the time to graduate high school, the principal suggested John Michael drop out of school and join the military which he did; the U.S. Army, 25th Infantry. Another one of the best things that could have happened to him.
Music has been John Michael Ferrari’s life; writing, arranging, and performing. Pepper Jay and John have been music partners for over 30 years. She produces John Michael Ferrari’s music and manages his career.
Newspapers and magazines have been generous to John Michael Ferrari. John Michael has graced two magazine covers over the Covid year and the Los Angeles Times wrote a full-page story on John Michael entitled, “No Earplugs Required” and concluded John Michael was the new Sammy Davis Jr or a young Bobby Darin. The Tolucan called John Michael a “crooner with a smooth as silk voice.”
Trivia: Entertainer John Michael Ferrari is also a teacher, a pubic speaker and keynote concert speaker, the author of “Acting with Your Eyes” and the co-author of “Dynamic Song Performance, The Singer’s Bible.”
Additional Artist/Song Information:
Artist Name: John Michael Ferrari
Song Title: My Heart Can’t Breathe
Publishing: Pepper Jay Productions
Publishing Affiliation: ASCAP
Album Title: My Heart Can’t Breathe
Record Label: Cappy