“Directional signpost references to artists such as Leonard Cohen, Paul Rogers and Peter Green would be coincidentally accurate but inspirationally short sighted. J. C. Spires is that uniquely zoned troubadour harboring a lifetime of emotion and musical talent in an inimitable brand of heartfelt individualism. It’s in the voice. It’s in the guitar. And, most intimately, it is in the songs. There’s prose. There’s poetry. And then there is prayer. Spires kneels to all of those altars. Hearing him is an experience of reverence and awe. Aspire.”
-- James J. Spina, Former music editor of Hit Parader Magazine
While an aspiring young musician of 19 in his hometown of Detroit, J.C. Spires experienced a powerful encounter playing with John Lee Hooker, legendary master of the deep blues.
Sensing a kindred spirit Hooker implored J.C. to come to San Francisco and join his band.
Many years of paying dues followed that auspicious beginning. Returning to Detroit Mr. Spires found love and hopeful new musical endeavors, but it wasn’t until a second cathartic move west, this time to Los Angeles, that he would find his place. After undertaking a period of immersion in songwriting and the study of America’s rich musical heritage, his own unique voice began to emerge. The ongoing creative and love struggles and breakthroughs were intertwined with addiction and eventually led to healing in recovery, and awakening to faith in
At this time the first J.C. Spires album, “Deep” containing eleven original compositions was released. Now promoting that record, writing songs late into the night, and being a single father of two young sons, J.C. survived by working as a waiter in a well known Los Angeles area jazz nightclub called Jax. Before long he landed a gig there with his own band. Playing just enough old blues material to keep the savvy jazz and blues purists in the audience satisfied, he was able to develop the sound he’d been searching for to his growing body of original
It was during those good but gritty years performing with his band at Jax, that he began to record his second album. This was his time of high hope and deep dream realization, and after a difficult journey that took many years the album was finally finished. Though the 12 songs it contained, (all written by J.C.) were quite impressive, the album was never to see the light of day. When all was said and done, taking the best counsel he could find, J.C. made the very difficult decision to completely walk away from the project and start all over again. And so it came to pass that against all hope, by the grace of God, and his loyal followings
“Farewell To A Rose”
was brought to
"JC Spires is an incredible singer songwriter with a voice that will propel you into his own unique confluence of blues, rock, r&b, even classical, he's INCREDIBLE. His story is as inspirational as his music, a protégé of John Lee Hooker, he raised two sons, struggled with his personal demons and angels and emerged with a unique perspective on life and love and courage. Listen and share with as many as possible."
Derrick Chevalier, author/Entrepenuer and CCN commentator on Sunrise Morning Show
August 13, 2018 Pasadena, California
"There's something in this world that differentiates one person from the crowd or makes someone stand out from all the rest that I call the magic. J.C. Spires has the Magic."
Dorothea Bradley, Pasadena Media KPAS/CPAC
The meticulously crafted “Farewell To A Rose” features eight original J.C. Spires compositions. Produced by Spires the new album was recorded with the assists via friend Steve Welch, (pianist and former music director for Barry Manilow), Burleigh Drummond (Ambrosia) playing drums, Justo Almario (Mongo Santamaria) on flute; Ingrid Chun (L.A. Phil) violin; Peggy Baldwin (ELO) on cello, Domenic Genova (The Simpsons) on bass and Angela Carole Brown (the Slow Club) supporting on backing vocals.