A new single release from John Michael Hersey delivers a classic rock influence ballad that comes along with pop undertones and an honest approach that gives the song a lot of persona and character. "Corner of My Eye" is a wonderfully written track that gives off a unique vibe that gets you attached very quickly and with that, you have these melodies and choruses that stick with you for hours after the song has ended. We are no strangers to the music of John Michael Hersey and with a lot of his releases he tends to go in slightly different directions which is actually quite refreshing because it shows his evolution as an artist. What's more, is when he releases a single a lot of the time, it comes along with a music video that showcases a little bit more of that character displayed in the song, so you get a lot of presents delivered from him when he puts something out. This track is very piano-based but it has that classic rock undertone and the way it's arranged in formatted makes it very radio-friendly. I personally enjoy the direction that he's going on this track because it shows some different sides of his influences coming through and those choruses are still the main strong point of a lot of his music so he definitely knows how to write a single, but it has layers that you can kind of peel back and that's actually quite fun. That's a really enjoy the energy displayed on this track because it's got a really well-balanced dynamic and lets you take the song how you want to which is part of the beauty of music in general, but this artist is able to let you think and determine things how you want. If you watch the music video you get a little bit more of a feel for what the song is actually about and you have a different sort of appreciation for his art form because again, he puts out videos a lot of the time with the singles so perhaps he has the idea for the video in mine when the single is actually created. The vocals are exactly where they should be and give great melodies throughout the song so you're able to not only pay a lot of attention to the lyrics, but you get those melodies that you end up humming later on in the day. Again, this definitely has that classic rock influence and it's got hints of The Beatles and even Elton John embedded in it which I thought was a wonderful combination and still goes to show that this is an artist that sort of goes with the flow of what he's feeling musically at the time. Because of that it's like there's fewer boundaries and he just does what feels right which is part of why the songs come through feeling sort of genuine in a way. This was a very well woven single and there was a lot of attention to detail, but it never loses its purpose which is really important. You can also tell this is created by someone that has an absolute love for his craft and that is evident with every no played. I would definitely suggest starting off with this single and then maybe jumping back through his catalog of releases because if you like this song there's going to be a bunch of others that you will also enjoy. When you listen to this song, I would also suggest doing it by watching the video so that you can kind of soak it in properly. John Michael Hersey is one of those artists to keep an eye on.” - RAGMAG


11.27.22 Radio interview

Here's an interview with James Lowe of KJAG Radio about my album Nightmares and Meditations!




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song review 12.19.21

A lovely addition to the Christmas tradition, John Michael Hersey sings straight from the soul on “Merry Christmas, Stranger”. Pop, jazz, and folk all enter into the fray. Done with dignity there is a raw grit and soul about it. His voice contains the trademarks of a life lived to the absolute fullest. Interplay of the whole band revels a group that listens to each other. The timeless tenor of the work comes from the hit of the piano chords, done in a way that indicates such dignity to it. Balance here matters for there is a sense of intimacy to it. From the very beginning the mood is set perfectly with such precision. A degree of geography enters into the fray. His exquisite detail helps to give the song a literary bent. Indeed, the characterization of those he observes gains a degree of warmth. Songs about strangers usually do not delve into this sense of kindness, a desire for connection and to spread a little bit of good cheer. Yet this spirit is ultimately what Christmas is about – about caring for those who are alone, who need comfort. Buildup of the work has a casual quality to it, for there are some fantastic flourishes to it. For the final stretch it all comes together in a wonderful kaleidoscope of color. “Merry Christmas, Stranger” shows off the ornate storytelling of John Michael Hersey for he captures an entire living, breathing realm. ” - Beach Sloth


The Weir

I'll be appearing as Jack in the Iona College Theatre Ensemble production of Conor McPherson's The Weir from Thursday, November 18th to Sunday November 21st.

Check out this link for more info!


WHYY house Concert series 3.23.21

I was selected as a featured artist for the WHYY House Concert series!


The fifty minute hour review - February 2021

Some time ago the editor-in-chief sent us a link - in these modern times an underlined formula is enough to get a whole world through your boxes - with the additional message: “Interesting?”. Well, dear editor, it was a discovery. We lied a little bit. The artist in question, John Michael Hersey, also had a brief announcement in house in which he informed “worldwide” that the present CD - in formula form - was conceived as "a coming of age solo musical about a small town musician who finds himself on the therapist's couch that is New York City ”. According to the title of the CD, "The Fifty Minute Hour", that therapeutic story would have taken him just under an hour. That is a lot less than - we only drop one name - Bob Dylan, who at the time needed a few more albums to grow up in NY. And the question is whether his Bobness has completely succeeded? But we deviate. Not a full hour and yet fifteen songs. They are usually short songs, most of which are steeped in a solid musical tradition that could easily run on the circuit in London's West End without much adjustment. Catchy tunes, lots of piano songs, something between vocals and patter. For the enthusiasts, we recommend, for example, I'm Not What She Had In Mind. By the way, this title illustrates that John Michael obviously needs some psychological support. I Can't Get Out Of Bed and I Think I'm Shrinking are another of those titles that don't necessarily make you happy. So conversations in front of the Freudian seat. The piano ballad Merry Christmas, Stranger is nothing more than a crystallized icicle on a Christmas tree in lonely New York. The bluesy The Long Weekend is equally wintry and lonely. In the “ldvd” section it only scores highly on piano and atmospheric backing It Doesn't Get Better Than You: classic but beautiful. Apparently Hersey thought so too, because he repeats - albeit from a changed perspective - the melody and (almost) the title in the closing track It Doesn't Get Better Than This. Of course you get a CD full, a mop might say, but we don't want to hear that for a while. What is left in the box? A lot of musical stuff, as already mentioned, and sometimes - and that's a small criticism - completely exchangeable songs. Water, Water is a welcome change and exception and All The Time In The World has enough production to appeal to the body. John Michael Hersey has filled almost an hour with "The Fifty Minute Hour" with strong, but also a few weaker songs, usually with a lot of darkness but now and then also a dash of light, often only on the piano and sometimes in a slightly wider production. An exciting hour with some unpleasant moments. So like in the classroom. The hours lasted fifty minutes there too.” - Frank Tubex


the fifty minute hour review - Dec. 2020

John Michael Hersey has just released a massive full-length album and it touches on the more contemporary side of the songwriter’s abilities. The Fifty Minute Hour still holds true to Hersey's staple theatrical feel and variety in songwriting but also boasts some wonderful piano work and brings out the jazz influence as songs feel almost like showtunes and seems very much like a concept album. You really feel like you just watched a full-on play and that's such an outstanding thing to accomplish. To be able to paint visual pictures and lay it all out with such detail and with such a bright performance that it all comes together with a near flawless performance. Piano rock, ballads, and more all rolled up in one huge record and sonically produced with a shine and vibrant feel, The Fifty Minute Hour is easy to get caught up in right from the first track. You want to hear what happens next constantly so you keep listening. Bringing artists like Billy Joel to mind at times, and crossing it with songs that sound like they were written in the late 50's other times, there are real deal genuine crooner tracks on this record. One of our favorites and in a timely manner to boot, is "Merry Christmas Stranger". This is an excellent and original Christmas song that tells a story. Hersey has a way of telling stories and keeping everything colorful. This album is a full deep dive and it's worth every minute. ” - Recording Artists Guild


I have no head review Nov. 2020

John Michael Hersey isn't getting much sleep in his new video for " I have No Head". The single is bordering on a math indie rock style and with each part transfixes you further and the video certainly joins that ride. A psychedelic rock romp of a video, it offers a glimpse into the mind of John Michael Hersey and it's a hell of a glimpse indeed. Guitars and keys follow each other making for a robust sound and although the video is a little on the horror movie side of things, it's quite fun. There is something about this song that gives of a little bit more of a 90's alternative feel bringing to mind bands like Primus or even Tool. The great thing about that Hersey does is that with each new piece of content he releases he pushes the envelope and himself to create something different than the last, and always has a bit of a shock factor. You really never know what to expect next from this artist but you can be sure you won't be able to stop watching or listening. Enjoy "I Have No Head" ” - Recording Artists Guild



This is an unusual album. It's decidedly progressive rock based. It's a series of shorter pieces, with both instrumental and vocal numbers. There are recurring themes, but there is also a wide range of sounds and concepts. This is often slightly off-kilter (in a good way), twisted just a bit off from mainstream. It's generally very effective, too. ” - Gary Hill

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