Josh Pfeiffer has worked with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (U2, Jason Mraz), as well as an A-list of musicians, including Gigi Gonaway (Mariah Carey), Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani), Marvin McFadden (Huey Lewis), and Paul Hass (Prince, Lifehouse), many of whom are featured in his live shows. Compared to artists like Michael Buble’ and Matt Goss, his original compositions “Life” and “Beautiful Girl” have boosted the music sales of the Josh Pfeiffer’s debut CD “American Crooner Act:1”, now distributed in 25 countries worldwide. Josh is currently in the recording studio working on a new EP, “One More Time”, due out in 2017.
There is Michael Bublé, there is Harry Connick Jr, all straight straight-talking, good-looking, smartly dressed pop-jazz crooners refashioning old classic for young people. There is Josh Pfeiffer, not less talented than the two, and much like Bublè, with a penchant for using successful standards as leverage to do more of his own material, which in both cases reveals themselves to be good artistic choices.
Connick stuck more to the standards and has almost gotten lost along the way. Bublè’s originals has brought him even more respect, and an even bigger audience. Josh has surpassed Connick in his artistic progression, and is catching up to Bublè’s neat marketing strategy, with his original single, “Life”.
“Life” is the pop antidote to the screaming and yelling that passes for music on radio stations these days. A lovely acoustic guitar and electric piano driven ballad, “Life” is soul-food for the music lover, both lyrically and musically. Josh Pfeiffer’s voice is deep, warm and tender, without any of the ‘Broadway Show’ vocal clichés you’d come to expect from one who sings the American standards.
And if you listen to the entire album from which the single is taken – You will discover the undeniable fact about Josh Pfeiffer’s artistry; it’s that he has an uncanny ability to perfectly match whatever genre of music he’s tackling vocally.
From his smooth jazzier numbers, to the American songbook standards, and the more contemporary takes on his originals, he manages to shift his voice in a way that makes it palatable and fitting, consistently and without fail. This is back and forth trait showcases his full variety and talents.
From the first moment, “American Crooner Act:1” shows off the scope it’s trying to achieve. Opening on the classic “Feeling Good”, or moving through historic earworms such as “Fever”, “My Funny Valentine” and “The Way You Look Tonight”, and then onto the original tracks that showcases his pop-ready vocals, his ability to meld to each track is on full show here from the first moment, and his original material especially shines in terms of the entire collection.
And though the entire album is a great showcase for his vocal talents, its Josh Pfeiffer’s increased interest in songwriting that has paid off and suggests that there’s going to be a lot more great music to come.