Multiple award-winning entertainer singer-songwriter JOHN MICHAEL FERRARI has been working with music producer PEPPER JAY for over 3 decades. Pepper Jay was recently named “Outstanding AC Music Producer of the Year” by the Producers Choice Honors for their crossover single “My Heart Can’t Breathe.” For the same song, John Michael Ferrari was voted “Crossover Artist of the Year 2021” by the New Music Awards and voted “Fan Favorite 2021” by the Independent Music Network. John Michael wrote the break-up song, “My Heart Can’t Breathe,” after his heart ached to see a photo of himself with a loved one from years ago.
According to Soundlooks, the Sound Journal, one of many excellent reviews: “John Michael Ferrari – “My Heart Can’t Breathe” constitutes a high point in the artist’s catalog
“The award-winning singer-songwriter, John Michael Ferrari has returned with a generous and emotional single, entitled “My Heart Can’t Breathe”, that suggests a mature, philosophical perspective on painful memories of a broken relationship, without losing his impish sense of melody and taste for lavish organic arrangements. Fittingly, then, it’s a song that takes stock, both lyrically and musically – imparting lessons learned over time and giving John Michael another chance to showcase his versatility as a songwriter, not to mention that gift of a voice, equally impressive as a languid croon, or when reaching resonant heights. It’s immediately apparent that working with producer Pepper Jay, is a good fit. Pepper has created something that has a fresh pop feel, while giving a nod to classic singer-songwriter tracks, all the while curbing any tendency to veer off on indulgent musical tangents, allowing John Michael Ferrari’s voice to dominate, with the support of Tania Hancheroff’s backing vocals. Indeed, “My Heart Can’t Breathe”, is all crisp, multi-tracked pianos, electric guitars, and swooning harmonies.”
When asked about her many successes, Pepper Jay responds with a big smile, “I am delighted at the positive response to our songs, and excited every time I see John Michael Ferrari on radio charts. It’s a fun ride.”
Indeed, the music produced by Pepper Jay has landed on numerous Adult Contemporary, Country, and Top 40 radio charts, several times in the Top 10. Pepper Jay has produced three albums for John Michael Ferrari on their indendent label “Cappy Records”. “My Heart Can’t Breathe,” released January 15, 2022, with 11 songs, highlights his soulful crossover ballad, “Masquerading in the Night” which is already gaining international attention and hitting radio charts. This song asks “how does love come true”? In 2020, Pepper Jay produced the crossover country album for John Michael Ferrari, “Be the Smile on Your Face.” For this album, Ferrari was voted “Rising Star of the Year” by eZWay Magazine, the album was awarded Triple A Album of the Year 2020 by the Producers Choice Honors, and Ferrari was #53 on the Top 200 Artists Chart – Europe. The songs on this album that received extensive radio play internationally and radio charts include “Be the Smile on Your Face,” “So Beautiful,” “Keep Falling All Over Myself,” and “Somewhere We Could Fall”. Both albums “My Heart Can’t Breathe” and “Be the Smile on Your Face” were recorded at Larry Beaird Music Group, Nashville. The first album Pepper Jay produced for John Michael Ferrari, in the early 90’s, “My Early Life,” was recorded, for most part, in their previous studio in Hollywood, California.
“Masquerading in the Night” is currently climbing several countries, Top 40, and mainstream radio charts in the U.S. and internationally, and John Michael Ferrari’s music producer, Pepper Jay, was named “Outstanding AC Music Producer of the Year” for “My Heart Can’t Breathe” by Producers Choice Honors.
Also recently, John Michael Ferrari was voted “Fan Favorite 2022” for his song “My Heart Can’t Breathe” by the Independent Music Network, winner of the United Kingdom Radio contest Ignition Country Radio 3/10/22, named “Country Cross-Over Artist of the Year 2021” by the New Music Awards, voted “Rising Star 2021” at the eZWay Magazine Gala, Awarded “Outstanding Triple A Album 2020” for his album “Be the Smile on Your Face” by the Producers Choice Honors, awarded “Best Peace Song” 2020 at the Hollywood Tribute to the Oscars by Art 4 Peace for his song “Like a Rock n Roll Band,” and named Singer-Songwriter of the Year 2019 at the Fame Awards.
John Michael Ferrari loves performing and he is not a stranger to the spotlight. Music has been John Michael Ferrari’s life; writing, arranging and performing. His favorite saying is “there’s never a stranger in the audience”.
Trivia: John Michael Ferrari and Pepper Jay live on a ranch in Pahrump, Nevada, and divide their time between Pahrump and Nashville. They are teachers and the authors of “Dynamic Song Performance, The Singer’s Bible.”
You can listen to the song below!
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