It is truly Wedding Season. 15 years of playing weddings and I can honestly say I have only recently warmed up to the idea of being a wedding singer. Weather permitting:) It’s a very big change, when normally center stage, to become part of the scenery. Lately, the sound has been so dialed in and people have been so pleasant to play for. It’s an interesting perspective to be sitting down, playing music while you watch family & friends interact. A strange mixture of awkwardness and joyousness. The flustered wedding planners, the emotional parents, the matching bride mades and over zealous best men. And of corse lets not forget the ever distracted bride & groom simply going through the motions and customs to just get finally out of there. And then there’s me, providing the soundtrack to this beautiful chaos we call weddings.
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But I can honestly admit, I’m starting to love these things. What an honor to be asked to play such a huge event in peoples lives. Usually I play a requested list of songs, but lately they have been asking for originals, which means the world to me. The question remains: If/when I have a wedding of my own, will I play? Lets just say I’m not really planning on it:)
Happiness is truly a state of mind. Something has changed the past couple months. I can’t stop smiling at shows. It’s contagious. First, the “Stadium Of Fire Finals”, then the last night of Velour. It was the first time I can remember every member of the band grinning throughout the show. Last night was the same thing. Lately, I wake up every morning and think about what I’m grateful for: A loving family, this beautiful place, and I get to do what I love for a living. Best of all, I get to play for you. “Give me a guitar and a song to sing and you will find the happiest of souls”. And for that I am so thankful.
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How has your Summer been going? I hope you all had a relaxing and eventful 4th of July weekend. This has certainly been a challenging season for Allred. A lot of chances were taken and I thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin. Online contests, and auditions can be a strange and stressful time.
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I’m excited to finally announce “Forest Eyes” will be released this September. A full length album recorded and produced with Joshua James. Many close friends and family have said it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Although it’s 6 months later than promised, It’s a very special record to me and I want to take the time to do it right. I’m looking forward to seeing how far we can take this thing. Here’s to living and sharing a dream. Hopefully, I will see you all real soon. Until then take care. - Johnny Tentative Shows have been booked for Rexburg, Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo, Cedar City, St.George and Las Vegas for September/October. Any places we’re forgetting? If you would like Allred to play your high school, college, venue or private event please email me: email@example.com