“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, the 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 hopeful, challenging new musical endeavors, but it wasn’t until a second cathartic move west, this time to Los Angeles, that he would find his creative voice. After undertaking a period of immersion in songwriting, and the study of America’s rich musical heritage his own unique style began to emerge. The artistic struggles and breakthroughs led to, and then were fueled by an awakening to faith in
J.C. Spires first album titled “Deep”, containing eleven original compositions was released in 2002. While continuing to write songs, and raise his family J.C. got a steady gig at Jax, a well known Los Angeles nightclub. There 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 that he began to record his second album. Now, by the grace of God, and his loyal followings
“Farewell To A Rose”
has come 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 help of 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 on bass and Angela Carole Brown supporting on backing vocals.