From: United Kingdom
Lawrence John, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a Country radio deejay, who took up songwriting and production in 2008.
Initially, it was just an exercise to see if he could actually do it, but when he realized how much he enjoyed the experience and how easily the songs came, he decided to give it his best shot and produce his songs in Nashville.
In Nashville, he very quickly, developed a good working relationship with Gary Carter, a steel player, studio owner and producer, who started out playing steel for Lorrie Morgan, then spent ten years as steel player and musical director for Randy Travis, followed by three years with Faith Hill, before becoming musical director and steel player for Connie Smith, performing most weekends with Connie on the Grand Ole Opry.
Gary also plays for Connie's husband, Marty Stuart and has his own solo spot on Marty's tv show.
Naturally, Gary plays steel on all of Lawrence's tracks and also does all the mixing and engineering.
With Gary's experience and support, a bunch of studio musicians were pulled together and recording began on Lawrence's first album of songs, "Country And Greengrass".
The title, came about when Lawrence used bluegrass arrangments on a couple of his songs with Irish lyrics and joked at the time, that he had invented a new genre, "Greengrass".
As a songwriter, Lawrence hit paydirt almost immediately, when "Heavenly", the first track on his debut album, was covered by Irish country star, John McNicholl, who received massive airplay on Irish Country radio when he released the track as a single.
McNicholl covered a further two songs from the album, "Today, Tomorrow And Always", and "Crazy Over You", which was another single to receive massive airplay.
Next, Lawrence was asked if he had a song suitable for Ireland's top Country star, Mike Denver, to sing as a duet with the great George Jones.
He didn't at the time, but taking inspiration from the fact that one singer was from Ireland, whose traditional fiddles and musical airs, taken to America with mass immigration in the 19th century, had helped lay the foundations for early American Country music and the other singer was one of the greatest American country singers of all time, Lawrence wrote "How We Got Country", in just 20 minutes.
The song was originally arranged to suit George Jones, but unfortunately time restrictions resulted in George having too little time to learn a new song before the studio deadline, so the two singers duetted on an old Jones classic, The Real Deal.
While disappointed, that he didn't get to have the great George Jones record one of his songs, Lawrence quickly rearranged the song in an style more suited to Mike Denver.
The new arrangement, included on the second Project album, "Country Through And Through", was indeed covered, Irish Country style, by Denver on his December 2010 album, "Tradition".
Another of Ireland's top Country stars, Robert Mizzell, will feature one of Lawrence's songs, "I Wish I Could Sing", on his new 2012 album and The Benn Sisters, a popular Irish recording duo, cut Lawrence's "We're On Our way To Heaven", for their 2011 album, "An Old Memory".
Prompted by demand from deejays around the world, Lawrence decided to release songs under his own Lawrence John Project banner, starting with, "WWW. She Stole My Heart", which reached No.2 in the European Country Charts in October, 2010, held off the top spot, one week by Michelle Wright and another week by the Bellamy Brothers.
The second Project single was, "Hurricane By Name", a tribute to twice world snooker champion, Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, a friend of Lawrence's who died penniless, in sheltered accommodation, after blowing millions on wine, women and gambling.
The song peaked at No.5 in the European Country Charts, while the third single "Country Music's In My Blood" hit No.1 on January 30, 2011.
The fourth Project single, "Lexington", reached No.3 in February 2011 and was quickly followed by "Heavenly" which reached No.2 in April, 2011.
Next came "Oh Mary", No.4, July, 2011 and "Sunny Day In Nashville", which was No.1 for two weeks in October, 2011.
The seasonal offering, "It's Christmas Time", No.24 in December, 2011, will be followed by, "I Wish I Could Sing" and "The Lady Is Driving Me Crazy", both set for release early in 2012, followed later in the year by a third Project album "Southern Country".
Lawrence, who hopes to secure a publishing deal in Nashville this year, is an avid country fan and love's all kinds of country from traditional artists like Hank Williams, Marty Robbins and Johnny Cash, to the modern traditional artists like Alan Jackson, George Strait and Randy Travis as well as new country stars like Easton Corbin, Zac Brown and Billy Currington.
Tune into LAWRENCE JOHN PROJECT RADIO on Jango to hear some of Lawrence's favourite singers and songs.
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All songs are available on download from Amazon, i-Tunes, CD Baby, Rhapsody, TuneCore, Songcast, eMUSIC, Medianet etc.
Or visit THE LAWRENCE JOHN PROJECT music page on Vibedeck at http://vibedeck.com/lawrencejohnproject