John Hall has lived anything but a straight-foward life. He’s performed in clubs and theatres, hit the Billboard charts, and overcome challenges and disbelievers along the way. As the driving force behind pop/RnB band, Orleans, he’s written some of the most enduring classic rock songs, including ‘Dance With Me’, and ‘Still The One’. He’s also written songs for the likes of Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Skaggs, and James Taylor.
His life isn’t just music either. He’s been a Democratic Congressman in a majorly Republican district, and spoke out about habitat destruction and climate change. During his time as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Veterans’ Disability and Memorial Affairs, he authored a bill speeding the compensation of injured veterans, which passed the Senate and House unanimously and was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
One thing is for sure – no matter what part of his life, John Hall has been motivated by love and respect. His latest single, ‘I Think Of You’, sees him return to the forum as a singer songwriter.
‘I Think Of You’ has it all. It’s got a beautiful, well composed melody, with rich instrumentals, and an undeniably catchy dance beat. The lyrics are perfection as well, as he sings of the eternal resilience of love between two people. And then there’s John’s voice; it’s inspiring and powerful, and yet filled with a friendliness that every listener can grab hold of. Incidentally, John co-wrote ‘I Think Of You’ with Sharon Vaughan, who regular readers of Essentially Pop will know as the co-writer of ‘Waterline‘, Jedward’s entry in 2012’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The music video for ‘I Think Of You’, shows clips of John standing on stage in front of a receptive audience, playing his guitar, are interspersed with scenes of tv screens, vintage footage, and so on. Simple and unadorned, the video allows John’s own charisma to hold sway.
Watch the music video for ‘I Think Of You’ below, and find out more about John Hall and his music online on his official website, Facebook, and Instagram.