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John Gold (Florida) / Press

“John picks up his roughed-up old instrument. With the improvised shoe-lace guitar strap around his neck, his back faces the crowd. A distinctive drumming begins and is sent cascading over the crowd from the speakers. John continues beating on the body of the old guitar. Fueled by the heartbeat of the percussion, the melodic guitar begins and John Gold is in action. Every single person in the room is immersed in the aura of John’s talent. He is infinitely better than I remember. No amount of written words can aptly describe the music John so deftly and fluidly creates and performs. It must be experienced. The skillfully picked strings, effervescent beats and unrestricted vocals are backed up by the distinct passion John puts into every lyric, chord and rhythm. This is the gold of local music. This is why we go to shows. This is why we sit through ear-piercing screeches and set after set of mediocrity. This is where it all becomes worth it. This is when we are truly moved.”

“Folk singer and songwriter John Gold self produces and records his music. He played in two bands at the ages of 14 and 15 before launching his solo career at age 16, and has performed hundreds of times in front of crowds. Gold has released an album per year annually since 2007. Participating in the "battle" means a lot to this Land O' Lakes resident – who still lives in his childhood home – for both artistic and philanthropic reasons. “The back of my business cards reads, ‘The purpose of my life is to do anything I can possibly do to enrich the quality of life that you experience.’ I want to help those suffering from these ailments just as I wish to help all others. They are very important to me, just as all others in the brotherhood of humanity are. I love them, and I hope this fundraiser will aid in the swift production of a cure or at the very least will aid in prolonging and enriching their lives,” said Gold.”

"playing for more than 50 fans to celebrate the release of his third and fourth self-produced albums." "during the past six years, the 20-year-old has written and produced more than 150 songs, mostly with instruments on which he was self-taught." Aug. 26 marked the release of his two new albums, titled, "Cogito Ergo Sum" and "The Aleph." Dozens of fans flocked to the Hot Topic in the Shops at Wiregrass mall to show their support. "John is great," said friend and longtime fan Brittany Roscoe. "No matter what mood I'm in, I can listen to his music. I've been following him since high school, and he's still at it. You can just tell he loves what he does." "Gold has written and produced four albums. He's played in two bands and toured Florida. "Gold takes pride in learning to produce his own music, which he considers akin to "stumbling around in the dark." "As Gold rounded off the Aug. 26 performance, the crowd was teeming with enthusiasm."

“I love going to shows at Transitions because inevitably I catch at least one new and/or young act just starting out. John Gold is one of those acts and despite his age - someone told me he is 19 - he has great material that he wrote himself that is definitely worth a listen. Also interesting is that a young artist that I hadn't heard of previously already has more than 10,000 friends on myspace. Hmm. Disclaimer: I thought these guys were great even before they offered everyone at the show freezer pops they brought to share.”

"every song has a different interesting sound to it with such honest lyrics that many young people like himself could relate to"

“in the past two or so years he has written 52 songs. He has played at the Orpheum in Ybor City, at libraries in Pasco County, in school cafeterias He is putting out a CD called Cryptiquotes. It's his first. John Gold is 17, in the last summer of his childhood. He spends it wandering and wondering and trying to create something that feels new. Sometimes everything seems possible. Sometimes nothing does. "The tiny things that people ignore are very important. Things that are all around us." "It seems like as I get older, everything becomes more black and white, and I want to live in vibrant Technicolor. I don't want to take anything for granted. I just force myself to see things like a child. Gosh. I feel like a child sometimes. But it works. I just have to remember." "I sure hope the album ends up the way I planned it. I'm awfully worried about that." "I want to make people happy. Or feel something. Yeah. That's what I want."”

Michael Kruse - St. Petersburge Times
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