From the Archive: John Beacher

Performance date: February 16, 2018

Published on Aug 10, 2016
John Beacher performs live in The Sound Room at WEEU, 830 AM in Reading, PA. Set includes “Love” at 0:00, “Lost and Found” at 7:18, and “Gifts that are Given” at 12:29.

Extended Audio Session Below:

A prolific songwriter, natural performer,  and “hope enthusiast,” John Beacher has built his decade-long career not only with talent, but also with a genuine spirit and a kind heart. John’s music is a homecoming for the soul, timeless and sincere, and taps into a source that runs far deeper than the songwriter himself.  Rooted in rhythm and blues, yet unbound by genre, each song is a musical tapestry woven with soulful threads. Whether he’s singing songs of social justice, belting out blues or funk, or serenading you with a love ballad, there is no doubt that John is completely one with the musical process. A seasoned musician, Beacher’s ability to improvise both on guitar and with his voice make each performance an entirely unique reflection of the audience and his surroundings.

Since receiving his first guitar at age eleven, writing, singing, and playing became John’s life long passion, and by age seventeen he was performing his own compositions professionally.  Throughout his twenties, John’s love for people and music led him to travel both the US and abroad, collecting stories, writing songs, and building friendships until finally settling in Boulder CO.  There he spent several years honing his craft, playing in various music projects, and performing in music venues all over the Boulder/ Denver area.

In 2011 Beacher made the decision to move back to his home town of New Hope, PA, and give his music career 100% of his attention.  Since then, John has become a full-time singer songwriter, a community keystone in Bucks County, and a regular name on 88.5 WXPN Philadelphia.  His weekly Community Stage at Karla’s in New Hope PA has become a staple to the local music community, drawing talent from all over Bucks County and beyond for over 5 years.  In that time Beacher has also released a live self-titled solo acoustic album, collaborated on multiple music video projects with his friend Louis Sparre of Tweed Video,  and developed a sustainable career as what he calls a “blue collar musician”.

John has organized concerts, played countless venues, weddings, private events, and fundraisers, and has shared the stage with accomplished national acts such as Leon Russell, Rusted Root, Cheryl Wheeler, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Dean Ween Group, and Elephant Revival to name a few.  In 2015 John had the honor of performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival,  Live at the World Cafe in Philadelphia, and The Musikfest Cafe at Steelstacks in Bethlehem PA.  In addition being a live performer, John has developed a side career composing music for Tweed Video, working on projects for clients such as The American Lung Association, NBC, Comcast, and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Recently John has released “Rise Up”, a self produced album, engineered by John Fachett and recorded at Sweet Creek Studios in Ottsville, PA.  It includes ten new songs unlike anything Beacher has previously released, featuring thirteen other accomplished musicians. Currently John Beacher is hailing from Philadelphia PA and has been developing a backup band called The Common Ground consisting of members Mike Ruhl (bass), Neil Carson (keys) and Grant Morrison (drums). With a new album, new band, and new opportunities on the horizon, Beacher has his sights set on Philadelphia and beyond, looking toward traveling and playing his way across the country, building family, and continually promoting a message of unity and hope.