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Singer/songwriter/guitarist/actor John Michael Hersey performs both as a solo act and with a band and his repertoire includes songs from all genres from standards to contemporary pop, rock and R & B. He has released seven albums of original material: Soup Du Jour, Whirligig, How Am I Here?, Adirondack, You Got to Me, Personal Belongings and Fifteen Years. For many years he was also the guitarist, second tenor and musical director for the legendary doo-wop group, The Cadillacs, for whom he wrote and produced the album, Mr. Lucky.


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Singer/Songwriter John Michael Hersey’s mines his archives for his new album

Fifteen Years

NEW YORK, NY – September 2017 FIFTEEN YEARS is a selection of previously unreleased recordings from 1986 to 2001 highlighting John Michael Hersey’s ever-evolving artistic voice and featuring collaborations with many outstanding songwriters and musicians. 

“Like a Vagabond” and “Magic, Magic” were recorded in 1986 at NYU and feature Katherine Bescherer on guitar and vocals, Kurt Gundersen on bass, Dore Abrams on piano and Adam Weber on drums. “Strange, Strange Sea,” (co-written with John Carney and Michael Vassaras) “The Color of My Skin” and “Here in the Middle” (co-written with Vassaras) were recorded at Harold Desau Recording in NYC in 1988 and feature Peter Millrose on keyboards, Al Cohen on bass and Tass Filipos on drums. “The Storm Sometimes,” “Brave New Man” and “Time’s Arrow” were recorded at Waterfront Studios in Hoboken, NJ in 1991 and feature Millrose on keyboards, Randy Gilmore on sax, Darren Solomon on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. “One Track Mind,” (co-written with David Sykes and William “Prez” Tyus) “Clowns Cry Too,” “You Don’t Care,” (both co-written with Tyus) “Another Night,” (co-written with Sykes and Tyus) “The Skin I’m In” (co-written with Jack Kolkmeyer and Tyus) and “One” (co-written with Sykes and Tyus) were recorded at DSP in NYC between 1999 and 2001 and feature David Sykes on keyboards, Bob DesJardins on bass and John DiGiulio on drums. 

The front cover photo was taken by Georgia Popplewell and the back cover photo by Ettore Toppi. All tracks were mastered by Rich Gaglia. 

Hersey has released seven other albums of original material: Soup Du Jour (1999), Whirligig (2003), Mr. Lucky [with Speedo and the Cadillacs] (2004), How Am I Here? (2007), Adirondack (2014), You Got to Me (2016) and Personal Belongings (2017).


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