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John Michael Hersey

Singer/Songwriter/Actor John Michael Hersey has released ten albums of his music including the March 2019 album Casting Shadows. Known for his sophisticated yet accessible melding of rock, pop, folk, blues and country, Hersey is first and foremost a storyteller, one who happens to play a mean guitar. Beachsloth.com wrote that Hersey’s album, Dreamtimeproves to be an absolute, unhinged kind of joy, one sung straight from the heart, showing off [an] uncanny ear for melody.” And Tom Franks of folkwords.com wrote that Hersey’s Adirondack “is raw, hard, observant and thought provoking.”  Hersey performs as a solo act and as a member of the duo The Michaels. For many years he was the musical director, guitarist and second tenor for the legendary doo-wop group Speedo and the Cadillacs. In 2010, UMass Press published his book, Forever Doo-wop, about his experiences working with the Cadillacs and other vocal groups. As an actor he recently appeared as Joe Belarosky in the Theater for the New City production of William Electric Black’s Betty and the Belrays and as Warden Whalen in the La Mama production of Tennessee Williams' Not about Nightingales. Currently he serves as Manager of Creative Arts at The Fortune Society, a non-profit that provides services for people involved with the criminal justice system. For more information visit www.johnmichaelhersey.com

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