Born and raised in the beautiful tourist community of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, John David Ambrose began his musical journey on the sidewalks — singing for strangers under the afternoon sun, dotting the landscape of his idyllic relic of a town. Tales of his musical ability traveled as far as the people he met — and it wasn’t long before he was filling the local bars, nearby restaurants, and even opening up for national acts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.
In his music you’ll find a modern artist with a well crafted range of styles and types of feel that each song can come from or take you. One moment he can be showing off the roots of a soft folk singer-songwriter and the next thing you know he’ll be bashing out the hustle of an in your face blues-rock single…it’s a perfect blend of nostalgia and innovation. Vocally he shows off a strong baritone with a heavily stylized pronunciation, often finding a landing amidst the music where another artist might stick to a more obvious solution. Lyrically his work puts an attention to detail front and center, with a focus on the listener, and a refreshing storytelling style.
His music would find itself right at home on a playlist next to — The Black Keys, The Band, T.Rex, Jim Croce, Bad Company, Hoyt Axton, Dino Valenti, Dylan Leblanc, Steve Miller Band, and James Taylor — just to name a few. Currently, Ambrose is taking his approach to music releases in whole new direction — mirroring modern acts such as Beck by shunning the traditional “album-only” release format, and choosing to adapt to the world of streaming by releasing a new single for listeners often bringing out a new song each and every month. Alongside those music releases you can regularly find him streaming his writing, recording, and mixing process leading up to each release live on his Facebook page.
With his home — and heart — in Jim Thorpe, he plans to expand outward, touching regional markets like Allentown, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Philadelphia, New York and anywhere in between. He’s currently booking for spring/summer of 2017 as a one of a kind solo act you do not want to miss.
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