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Pepper Jay and John Michael Ferrari
Guest Occupation
Music Producer, Singer, Songwriter, international speaker, teacher, author
Guest Biography

Award-winning music producer PEPPER JAY has been producing the songs of JOHN MICHAEL FERRARI for over 30 years.  Pepper Jay was named “Outstanding AC Music Producer of the Year” by the Producers Choice Honors for Ferrari’s crossover single “My Heart Can’t Breathe.” For the same song, Ferrari was voted “Crossover Artist of the Year” by the New Music Awards and voted “Fan Favorite” by the Independent Music Network.  Their song “Masquerading in the Night” was awarded “Best Song Production 2022” by the Museboat Live Channel.  And, John Michael was named “Singer Songwriter of the Year 2022 by the Nashville Music Foundation.  

All reviews of the music produced by Pepper Jay for John Michael Ferrari have been 100% positive.  According to Soundlooks, the Sound Journal, one of many excellent reviews: “  John Michael Ferrari – “My Heart Can’t Breathe” constitutes a high point in the artist’s catalog” 

“The award-winning singer-songwriter, John Michael Ferrari has returned with a generous and emotional single, entitled “My Heart Can’t Breathe”, that suggests a mature, philosophical perspective on painful memories of a broken relationship, without losing his impish sense of melody and taste for lavish organic arrangements. …  It’s immediately apparent that working with producer Pepper Jay, is a good fit. Pepper has created something that has a fresh pop feel, while giving a nod to classic singer-songwriter tracks, all the while curbing any tendency to veer off on indulgent musical tangents, allowing John Michael Ferrari’s voice to dominate, with the support of Tania Hancheroff’s backing vocals. Indeed, “My Heart Can’t Breathe”, is all crisp, multi-tracked pianos, electric guitars and swooning harmonies.”

When asked about their many successes, Pepper Jay responds with a big smile, “After all these years, I still enjoy making music with John Michael Ferrari and I love that our music creates an audience full of smiles.” 

Pepper Jay has produced three albums for John Michael Ferrari on their independent label “Cappy Records” with many landing in the top 10 of several radio country, pop, top 40, and mainstream charts, including several #1’s.  A fourth album is in the works.

Among many other accolades, their album, “Be the Smile on Your Face” was awarded “Outstanding Triple A Album” by the Producers Choice Honors, and they were awarded “Best Peace Song” at the Hollywood Tribute to the Oscars by Art 4 Peace for their song “Like a Rock n Roll Band.”    

John Michael Ferrari has been honored to have graced the covers of several magazines in the past two years including New Music Weekly, Hollywood Weekly Nashville, and eZWay Magazine.

Pepper Jay is an international speaker on the subjects “Peace Begins with Me” and Dynamic Communication Skills.  She is an US ambassador in Arts 4 Peace, and on the Board of the U.S.S. Emmons Association.

Trivia:  Pepper Jay is a teacher and the author of "Dynamic Song Performance, The Singer's Bible.   Pepper Jay divides her  time between Pahrump, Nevada and Nashville. 

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