Out today on every digital platform is a song called 'Who Doesn't Love Christmas?' (listen here). I was asked to write this one for a Hallmark movie a couple years ago. I had 24 hours to write and record it, and while I did so in 12, someone beat me to the punch before I could get it submitted. I've always liked it and wanted to share it, but I had to wait for the appropriate season!
My band The Allen Lewitt Project writes and records music specifically for Film & Television opportunities. As such, we produce a lot of content in several different genres. Earlier this fall we decided to release one song a month in perpetuity. So far 3 have been released; Rundown, Completely Hypnotized and The Perfect Compromise (listen here).
If you've got a Spotify account, I've created a playlist here for these tunes and will add the new ones to it as they are released. So if you like it, feel free to love/save the playlist.
Most people think I'm an acoustic guitarist and singer, but when I think of myself as a musician I'm a piano player, first and foremost. That's probably because the majority of the songs I release are written and recorded on acoustic guitar. So with my new EP 'Familiar Friends', I wanted to put the focus back on my piano playing. A good song is like a familiar friend and there's a personal story for me behind each of the cover songs I recorded. 'Dancing in The Dark' was the first 45 I ever owned, bought in a Zellers department store in Collingwood, Ontario. 'Cecilia' was embedded in my head as a little boy as my parents played the 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' LP a lot during the 70's at social gatherings. And 'Drive' is from 'Heartbeat City', one of the first LP's I ever owned and it's also one of the most beautiful songs I know. And if you're wondering about the photo, that's me with my good friend Roxy.
I'm thrilled to be the featured member this week on American Songwriter's site. It's a great magazine (to which I'm a subscriber), website and newsletter. Check it out if you get the chance.
It’s the question we’re all asking ourselves, when will things go back to normal?
It was just over a year ago that the world shut down and all our future plans were cancelled. I'm an extrovert and not being able to hang out with my friends sucks. So in response to that I got together, virtually, with my musical friends Bamtone and Piewackit. We wrote and recorded this ode to partying - hoping that we're getting closer to those happy days again. And we're releasing it just in time for all those 'law abiding' folks down in Miami trying to celebrate their Spring Break! The song is now out wherever music can be found, just follow this link
I'm thrilled to share the last song to be released from 'Stories I Tell The Snowman'. This is an exclusive premiere on Americana Highways and you can find it here:
My brand new album is coming out one track at a time, starting today. Every week will see the release of a new song, with a video and a short story. I've created this page on my website for you to easily follow along. I hope you enjoy the journey.
I’m really excited to be able to share the debut album by The Allen Lewitt Project, a band I recently formed with Jeff Allen. We are really proud of the 12 songs on ‘476 Miles’ and we hope you’ll take a moment and check them all out.
With Covid-19 locking down the world, we will be unable to embark on our planned North American tour, which included stops in Toronto, New Jersey, Nashville, & a residency in Las Vegas. So the only way to hear this music is by streaming or buying it! Just follow this link to be directed to your favourite digital service.
Jeff & I write and perform everything together, though Jeff is always on the drums and I’m always the vocalist. And for those of you who are interested, these songs are licensed to a couple music libraries in LA who are actively pitching them to Film & TV opportunities. Our biggest success so far has been with ‘Kiss You Girl’, which has been used more than 10 times on The Young & Restless!
To find out more about the band click here.
Since I started focusing on my music seven years ago I have had some truly rewarding experiences. Some highlights? My music has appeared in Film & TV. I've had a tonne of songs played on the radio. 95K people have streamed my music over 250K times on Spotify alone. And probably one of the best things of all is the friendships I've made with other musicians throughout the world. All of these things sustain me and feed my creative drive.
I have big plans for 2020 and I wanted to share them with you.
1) Released today on all digital platforms is a new EP called 'Acoustically Inclined'. This is a collection of acoustic based tunes that I have recorded over the past few years and signed with libraries in Los Angeles who are actively pitching them to film & television opportunities. They're all laidback, acoustic based songs, perfect for those weekend mornings where you just wan't to relax with a cup of coffee and doing nothing. Two of them were collaborations. 'I've Got a Lot of Friends' was done with Tom Hoy, who I have worked with in the past, most noticeably on the song 'Perfect Storm'. The other collaboration is a new one with Magne Kolstad, on a song called 'Hold That Thought'. I hope you like them as much as I do.
2) For the past three years, I've been writing and recording a very personal album and I'm pleased to say that I will be releasing it later this year. It may be out in the Spring, but it may it appear in the Fall. It just depends on when I think I've got it perfect, but it will be this year. And maybe I'll play some live shows in support of it.
3) This past year I launched a band called The Allen Lewitt Project, which is a collaboration between myself and Jeff Allen. We split all the instrumental duties, though Jeff always does the drums and I always do the lead vocals. All the music we produce is intended to be used in Film & TV shows and I'm proud to say, of the 13 songs we recorded in 2019, 12 have been singed to music libraries actively pitching them. Over the course of 2019 we released three EP's and I'm pleased to announce that we will be releasing a full length album in 2020 so stay tuned.
I would like to thank you all for your continued support and I hope the new year treats you well.
All the best,
Does all this snow we've been getting in the north east put you in the Christmas mood? If so, you're in luck! Out today on all digital platforms is a brand new Christmas EP by my band The Allen Lewitt Project(which is really just me and Jeff Allen sharing all the instrumental duties). It's our third EP, so it has cleverly been called Volume 3. It contains one original song called 'A Very, Merry Christmas' which is as catchy as one can make a song. It also contains a version of 'Jingle Bells' as if done by Jerry Lee Lewis. And it finishes off with me doing my best impersonation of Frank Sinatra singing 'Jolly Old St. Nicholas'. These three songs are currently signed to a great music library out in LA who is currently pitching them to Film & TV opportunities, so if we've been good boys this year, maybe Santa will get them on a TV show this holiday season!
Just click on this link and choose your preferred streaming service to listen now. https://linktr.ee/johnlewitt