After more than five decades as one of Canada’s leading voices in jazz, R&B and soul, John Finley is celebrating the release of his first solo album.
Finley teamed up with award-winning producer and arranger Lou Pomanti for Soul Singer, the debut solo recording for the 75-year-old vocalist.
“I’ve worked with a lot of singers, but never a trapeze artist like John Finley,” Pomanti says. He flies solo without a net, way out on a limb where there is no safety zone. He rarely sings the same thing twice, and I wouldn’t want him to. I’ve seen John in tears after a vocal take, and I’ve seen him laughing out loud after the next one. You never know what you’re gonna get, but you know it’s gonna be great. He is a rare breed.”
While being widely recognized as a dynamic performer with Canadian band Jon and Lee & the Checkmates, Los Angeles supergroup Rhinoceros and on his own, Finley has also evolved into a formidable songwriting talent. He has written songs for Ben Vereen, Ivan Neville and Melissa Manchester, and his composition Let Me Serenade You by Three Dog Night brought his songwriting to music charts around the world.
Finley wrote or co-wrote eight of the 11 songs on Soul Singer.
After spending several decades living and working in Los Angeles, Finley has since returned to his home of Toronto.
Soul Singer features a cast of hometown talent that includes drummers Larnell Lewis and Davide DiRenzo; guitarists John Findlay, Danny Weiss and Sam Pomanti; trumpeters William Sperandei and Tony Carlucci; and saxophonist Alison Young.
Soul Singer is out now via Vesuvius Music.
Here’s the full track listing:
- Let Me Serenade You (J. Finley)
- I’m On Your Side (J. Finley, K. Jentz, L. Pomanti)
- GO (C. Graves, J. Finley, L. Pomanti)
- What Time Can Do (O. Saul, D. Ironston, J. Finley)
- Hallelujah (L. Cohen)
- The Boys Song (J. Finley)
- Money Love (D. Weiss, J. Finley)
- Save Your Love for Me (W.W. Johnson)
- Party Party (C. Graves, J. Finley)
- Dear Delilah (J. Finley)
- Who Will the Next Fool Be (C. Rich)