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AIM HIGH Ep Out Now! 


Out today is a new EP from me and Piewackit (aka Jeff Allen) called AIM HIGH.  Two of the five tracks have already been used several times on CBS's Young & The Restless TV show (It Will All Be Beautiful & Where We Long To Be), while the title track is signed to a high end LA music library.  If you want to hear it, just follow this link. 

 

2022 Year In Review 

Last year I sent out a year in review update on my music career and people seemed to like it, so I thought I'd do it again.  Here are some of the highlights of my year. 

(Note that at the very end of this post I have included links to both Spotify and YouTube playlists for the songs mentioned below, if they are currently released). 

- 2022 started off with a unique use of a song called Believe In Santa.  A virtual fitness app out of the UK licensed the song for a two month use.  When I started seriously doing this 9 years ago I was solely focused on getting my songs used in Films & TV shows - who knew that a whole world of opportunity would appear with things like this and social media? 

- I've had a tonne of placements on the Young & The Restless CBS TV show.  On 5 days a week, for 40 minutes each day, the Y&R uses more music than any other TV show in North America.   All of these songs, save one, have been used multiple times this year on the show; Hold That Thought, If We've Only Got Today, Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight, For All Time, Wherever We Are, Could I Ever Be Your Man (currently unreleased), and It Will All Be Beautiful (coming out on an EP in January 2023) 

- I released two completely different albums this year; The Beaten Path and Cowrites Vol. 1.  The first one focused on songs that I wrote specifically for my artistic side while the second one was written specifically for sync placements in Film & TV and features songs that I co-wrote with many other talented songwriters. 

- The Beaten Path got some good press and a bit of radio airplay, but probably the coolest thing was being interviewed by the Americana Music Profiles podcast.  If you'd like to hear it, here’s the Spotify link, but you can also Google my name with the word podcast and find it all over the web: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1GWI2biHNoGuQHa3VY3HIu

- In the summer I spent some time at the Tragically Hip’s studio in Bath, Ontario helping my friend Mik Perlus record his debut EP.  Beyond producing it, I played the bass guitar and other assorted instruments.   It was a pleasure to play with Mik and his fellow Student Bodies co-star Jamie Elman, Josh Trager of the Sam Roberts Band (a man with many cool stories), and guitar wunderkid Randy Starr.  The EP comes out January 27th and an album release show is scheduled for the night before at the Supermarket in Toronto. 

- I did a country / hip hop crossover track with Owen Chaim (he’s the one doing the rapping) and Matt Hirt that has gotten dozens and dozens of uses on an ESPN show called Portraits. 

- I signed my one hundredth song back in October (and a bunch more after that!).  But what exactly does that mean?  In a nutshell, I sign my songs to music libraries, either exclusively or non-exclusively, and then these libraries go out and pitch them to Film & TV opportunities. 

- 31K people streamed 80k songs of mine on Spotify last year.  That’s a lot of people listening to someone whose name isn’t Justin  Beiber.  Add in Apple Music and Pandora and it’s over 40k listeners! 

- After a two year hiatus because of Covid, I was able to go to my favourite music conference in LA this year and hang out with all my music friends and make some new ones as well! 

- For 2023 I'm planning on releasing a bunch of music.  Confirmed is a new EP with Jeff Allen called AIM HIGH which is coming out January 13th (you can presave it here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/johnlewittandpiewackit/aim-high ).  Also in the planning stages is a full blown album of cover songs that I did for a specific music library and an album of piano ballads that I have written over the years.  And then who knows what else! 

- Oh yeah, and I turned 50 this year! 

If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for reading and I wish everyone the best this holiday season. 

Thanks, 

John 

P.S.  Here are the playlists I mentioned. 

Spotify Playlist:

 https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6uhlB05ptpu5X8LOlvXDN8?si=fAQdp7edQkCaykyGVLnuVA 

YouTube Playlist: 

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-lB-4fCuClFL-TDrO-GEKC0qr6KXBEye

COWRITES, VOL. 1 

Out today is a brand new album from me called Cowrites, Vol. 1.  As some of you may know, I write and record a lot of music for Film & TV sync opportunities.  What does that mean?  Well, basically I sign songs to specific music libraries that then pitch these tracks to TV shows, Films, Video Games, Commercials and more.  To increase my chances of success I collaborate with a lot of other musicians and songwriters.  As such I thought I'd start an annual tradition of releasing some of my favourite co-writes from the past year.  Tracks 5 & 9 have already been used a bunch on The Young And The Restless, while track 1 was pitched to two TV shows and a national advertising campaign just last week (it can take years for songs to end up being used, so the fact that these new tunes have already garnered some attention is very rewarding). 

 

My co-writer for each song is listed in parenthesis.

1. Gonna Be a Good Day (Tom Hoy) 

2. Last First Kiss (Graham Verdon) 

3. A Better Day (Tom Hoy) 

4. (We Could Be) Something Good (Katleen Dugas who is also on vocals) 

5. If We've Only Got Today (Tom Hoy & Susan Marie Simonson) 

6. Where It Hurts (Graham Verdon) 

7. Such A Beautiful Day (Tom Hoy & Susan Marie Simonson) 

8. I Can't Go Home (Tom Hoy & Susan Marie Simonson) 

9. Don't Want To Be Alone Tonight (Casey Hurowitz) 

10. 'Til I Am Home (Tom Hoy) 

And in the spirit of collaboration, the cover uses a piece of graffiti art done several years ago by my son Connor.

You can stream the album by clicking here.

 

Look In My Eyes Out Now! 

Out today is 'Look In My Eyes', the third song from my upcoming album 'The Beaten Path'.  I released the mellow 'Late To The Game' 12 weeks ago, the upbeat 'Stop Me In My Tracks' 6 week later, and now here's the jamming 'Look In My Eyes'.  All of these songs have garnered some nice radio play, playlist adds on Spotify and some mentions on blogs - and the promotion is really starting to pick up with only 42 more sleeps to go before the whole album drops! 

As usual, you can listen to these songs everywhere music is found. 

Spotify 
Apple Music 
YouTube 
All Streaming Sites 

Thanks for your continued support. 

Cheers, 

John

Stop Me In My Tracks out now! 

Out today is the second song from my upcoming Americana album 'The Beaten Path'.  I released the mellow 'Late To The Game' six weeks ago and now here's the upbeat 'Stop My In My Tracks', it's as close to a dancing song as you'll ever hear from me!  Both of these songs have garnered some nice radio play, playlist adds on Spotify and some mentions on blogs.  As usual, you can listen to these songs everywhere music is found.  Thanks for your continued support. 

Spotify

Apple Music

YouTube

All Other Streaming Sites

New Album Coming, New Song Out Now 

On May 13th I will be releasing my new Americana album 'The Beaten Path'.  In advance of that I will be sharing three songs over the next few months that I feel perfectly foreshadow the overall mood and style of the album.  Leaning heavily into the Americana genre and spanning the width of what that means - from the early beginnings of The Band onto artists like Bruce Springsteen & Blue Rodeo and then all the way up to current artists like Jason Isbell, I hope that you will find a song here that you can fall in love with.   The first song is called 'Late To The Game' and can be heard everywhere music is found. 

 

 

 

Spotify 

Apple Music 

YouTube 

All Other Streaming Sites 

I look forward to sharing this music with you and I appreciate your support. 

Cheers, 

John

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SONG 

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!

ONE SONG A MONTH 

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.

New Cover Song EP out now! 

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.

Listen here.