NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - Jan 28, 2013) - Those grooving and singing along to JT Spangler's (www.jtspangler.com) infectious ten-track pop/soul excursion What's A Little Heartbreak (due out March 2013) and want to ask him about those classic R&B influences and how he got those horns to sound so cool might have a hard time reaching him on his cell.
No worries -- he's probably just chilling in his treehouse, finding fresh new inspiration for his songs and other writing endeavors miles away from civilization. Not a metaphorical treehouse, but the real deal -- an approximately 150 square-foot sustainable housing unit suspended 12 feet high in an elm tree in Southwest Tennessee.
The Louisiana-born singer, who moved to Nashville in 2012 after launching his career in Los Angeles, is a modern day musical version of 19th Century author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. Seeking a quiet, peaceful place to recharge his creative and spiritual batteries, Spangler found his literal and proverbial "Walden" a few hours outside of Music City, where he recorded What's a Little Heartbreak with some of Nashville's top session cats including guitarist Gary Burnette (Etta James, Taylor Swift, Chris Tomlin) and keyboardist Tim Lauer (Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Brooks & Dunn).
The album, Spangler's first full-length release after establishing himself as a popular recording and touring DIY artist via the EPs Love Songs For No One (2007), The Vienna Circle Sessions (2009) and Songs for the Holidays (2010), was produced by Stephen Gause, a former top touring tech for Contemporary Christian greats like Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman who has produced, mixed, and engineered for hundreds of country artists and singer songwriters. Gause's studio credits include Kathy Mattea, Nathan Angelo and Derek Stroker.
Growing up in a musical family in Hammond, Louisiana, just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, he didn't hear the typical zydeco or jazz associated with the region -- but he was a huge fan of Motown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and '90s pop/soul stars Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men and Babyface. Another obvious influence on his first acoustic recordings is James Taylor.