John Taglieri

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Musical artist

John Taglieri (born August 19, 1967) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and record label owner. Born and raised in New Jersey, he attended college for sound engineering in New York City and has played in various New Jersey bands as a drummer, lead guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist.[1][2] He released his first solo album Leap of Faith in 1999 on his own record company Leap Dog Music.[1][3] His sixth & seventh independent releases, Lives & "Lives II", was a 2009 grouping of EPs and books.[4] He is officially sponsored by Ovation Guitars.[2] A persistent touring musician, much of his music is in the AOR/Melodic rock vein, citing artists such as Triumph, Boston, Foreigner, Journey & Bad Company as significant influences.

Early life

John Taglieri was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and raised in the town of North Bergen, New Jersey,[5] on the western side of the Hudson River.[6] He began taking guitar lessons at age five[2][5][7] and continued for two years, eventually quitting for a year to play drums, then returning to play guitar. He also learned to play bass guitar, keyboard, piano, trumpet, and sing. His first recordings were in early high school on a cheap 4 track recorder with his friends.[1] He began playing and recording music professionally at age 15,[5] and went on to earn a degree in Audio Engineering from The Center for the Media Arts in New York City.[2][7]

Music career

Early career

Since graduating, Taglieri has served in various New Jersey bands as either lead guitarist, drummer, bassist, keyboardist, or vocalist (lead and background).[7] These bands have released various independent albums and toured on the local, regional, and national levels.[5]

The first real band Taglieri played in was American Heartbeat,[1] where he was lead guitar and background vocalist. They played original music and Bruce Springsteen covers at show, fairs, and festivals for about two years before breaking up.[2] After the breakup of American Heartbeat, Taglieri again played lead guitar and background vocals for the band Sneaks Noise. They released an album in 1988 titled A Surge Of Existence which sold some 1600 copies, and were successful in the college touring and radio circuit. He also served as a tour musician for the original and cover group Dr. Max. Taglieri played drums and sang lead and background vocals for a U.S. tour that encompassed over 260 live shows in one year. After the year touring with Dr. Max, he landed a job as the drummer and backing vocalist for the short-lived band Dayzanu. They played at the Beacon Theater in New York City and the now defunct Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.[1][2]

In the early 1990s Taglieri founded the band Big Trouble with his friend, John Calendrillo.[1] With an AOR sound, they received solid college airplay with the 6 song EP they released. With Taglieri as their frontman,[2] they had a busy touring schedule in the Upper East Coast, doing a regional tour to support the album. During the tour, they played with Rick Derringer on the Reebok River Stage in New York City. The band broke up after experiencing personnel problems. Taglieri then joined the cover band King Tod, which had developed a decent following in the Northeast United States and did covers of classic 70's, 80's, and 90's rock. They played constantly for about 3 years,[1] with Taglieri at different times playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and always sang. Taglieri and the King Tod drummer Tony Marchesani then joined the local cover band Bachelor Party, which did extensive local touring.[2]

Leap Dog Music

In 1999 he started the private company Leap Dog Music, an independent record label and publishing company.[2][5] Taglieri also owns and operates Dawg Pound Studios, a full service recording studio since 2005. Taglieri has recorded all of his own CDs there since 2005, as well as CDs by various local artists. He has also recorded voice overs for various TV commercials.


Taglieri has played over 3500 performing dates.[7][8] He has performed in front of 80,000 people at Giants Stadium, where he performed a total of 10 times, for up to 50,000 people at the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning on five separate occasions, 40,000 people at Shea Stadium, 30,000 people at the Iowa State Fair, and over six times at the University of Mary Washington.[9]

In 1999 he jammed on stage with Little Richard, and has also shared the stage and been on bills with Rik Emmett, The Beach Boys, Edwin McCain, Allen Toussaint, The Gin Blossoms, Gavin DeGraw, Chuck Berry, Lee Brice, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young (singer), Uncle Kracker, Kix Brooks, Jerrod Niemann, Jeffrey Gaines, Sister Hazel, Michael Tolcher, Marc Broussard, Dennis DeYoung, Foreigner, Firehouse (band), Charlie Daniels, Brian Vander Ark, Will Hoge, The Pat McGee Band, Indigo Girls, Butch Walker, Zac Brown, Blessid Union of Souls, Josh Kelley, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Francisco Vidal, Hootie & The Blowfish, Keaton Simons, Shawn Mullins, David Ryan Harris, Virginia Coalition and Rich Franklin.[5][10][11][8] He has performed for the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, Major League Soccer, and various minor league baseball teams around the Northeast.

Taglieri has also toured for the US Military playing shows for Navy Entertainment at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Souda Bay Naval Base in Greece, Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (3x), Naval Air Station Jacksonville (2x), Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (2x), Naval Station Mayport (2x), the Marines at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (NC), and the Army at Fort Sam Houston (TX), Fort Stewart (GA) & Fort Knox (KY).[8] He performs over 200 dates per year in 30 states. He is currently booked by Ari Nisman & Jeff Hyman at Degy Booking, as well as Chip Seligman at James Turner Productions.

Media presence

He was chosen as "1999 Male pop CD of the Year" by Kweevaks Tracks (Now He was also chosen as the "2003 UIMA Pop/Rock Artist of the Year". In June 2009, chose John Taglieri as a featured artist.[12] He was also featured on as a music artist.[5] He's been featured on the cover of several magazines and been interviewed or performed on several television shows on NBC, News 12 New Jersey, ESPN, ESPN2, Speed (TV channel) and more.[3][13]

Taglieri has been included in several books on music marketing throughout his career. Indie Music Marketing guru Bob Baker has included chapters about Taglieri in his books Branding Yourself Online and The Guerilla Music Marketing Handbook, as well as the The Guerilla Music Marketing Handbook Encore Edition due to Taglieri's success as an indie artist. Publicist and Cyber PR owner Ariel Hyatt has also included stories and mentions of Taglieri in her "Music Success In Nine Weeks" book series.[13]

Taglieri has had two releases chart on Billboard, a #1 on Amazon, a top seller on iTunes, and many online and magazine poll awards.

Dawg Pound Studios

Taglieri also owns and operates Dawg Pound Studios, which is a full service recording studio. Started in 2005 and originally based in East Rutherford, NJ, the studio has worked with many indie artists doing the recording, editing and mixing for over 20 CDs. The studio has also done work for various companies with editing and voice-over work. Currently, the studio has been moved to a new, custom-built 300 sqft location in Hanson, MA. The studio began its first project in 12/11 when Taglieri commenced work on his 9th CD. The studio is endorsed and sponsored by PreSonus, Auralex & MXL Microphones.


In 2000, Taglieri signed a deal with Ovation Guitars to accept him into the Ovation Artists Program and serve as an official sponsor. Throughout his early career, Taglieri only used Ovation acoustic guitars at his shows.[2] He is currently sponsored by Fishman, Ovation, Curt Mangan Strings, Shipyard & Sea Dog Breweries & Cold Cock Whiskey, He has previously been sponsored by Jägermeister,[5] Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Marshall Amplification, and In-Tune Guitar Picks.[7][10]

Musical influences

Taglieri has claimed that Rik Emmett is one of his biggest influences on guitar and for vocals,[1][2] and has also referenced Collin Raye for vocals, Steve Perry and the bands Journey,[2] Boston, Foreigner, Survivor, and Triumph. He has cited an affinity for pure Album-oriented rock, including musicians popular in the 1980s such as Bon Jovi.[1] Taglieri has also stated he is influenced by modern bands such as Third Eye Blind, Train, Matchbox 20, Edwin McCain, & Vertical Horizon, with Pat Monahan from Train being one of his favorite vocalists.[10]


  • "A Surge Of Existence" (1988) - with Sneaks Noise
  • "Leap of Faith" (1999 Leap Dog Music/A2 Music/Universal)
  • "S.T.A.R.S. - Solar Technology And Rock Stars" Compilation CD - Kweevaks Tracks Website - 'Cant Stop The Rain' (2001) (Executive Producer: Rich Lynch)
  • "Bridge Of Faith - A 9/11 Tribute" - Contributing Vocalist (2002) (Executive Producer: Jim Santos)
  • "Half & Half" (2003 Leap Dog Music)
  • "NOW" (2005 Leap Dog Music)
  • "Little Things" (2006 - Good Morning Chester) John Taglieri - Producer, Drums, Bass, Backing Vocals
  • "Wide Awake & Dreaming" (2007 Leap Dog Music)
  • "Everything We Are" EP (2008 Leap Dog Music)
  • "Lives" EP (2009 Leap Dog Music)
  • "Lives Volume II" EP (2009 Leap Dog Music)
  • "FOREWARD" (2010 Leap Dog Music) - with TAG
  • "Lucky #9" (2012 Leap Dog Music)
  • "The Very Best Of John Taglieri...The Songs That Should Have Made Me Rich!!!" (2012 Leap Dog Music)
  • "Southern Paradise" (2013 Leap Dog Music/Vanity Music Group)
  • "A Rock By The Sea Christmas, Volume 4" - 'It Came Upon A Midnight Clear' (2013) (Executive Producer: Tod Elmore, Hubbub! Music)
  • "Days Like These" (2014 Leap Dog Music/Vanity Music Group)
  • "Michael Riesenbeck - II" - Michael Riesenbeck (2014) (Backing Vocals on the song 'School Daze')
  • "LIVES Volume III" EP (2015 Leap Dog Music)
  • "The Best Of Key West - Volume 1" - 'Days Like These' (2015 William Montgomery / William Montgomery Publishing)
  • "True Believer" (2015 Leap Dog Music/Vanity Music Group)

Charity Work

Taglieri has done considerable charity work over the years, working mostly for Childrens Cancer Charities. He has traveled and performed shows for Acoustic Outreach, Rock Against Cancer, The Candlelighters Foundation, Rock By The Sea, Lyrics For Life and did numerous shows for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Working for both Acoustic Outreach and Rock Against Cancer, Taglieri has performed many shows at Childrens Cancer Facilities in the Eastern US, doing intimate performances for the children and parents who were receiving care. He also helped to install recording studios for Rock Against Cancer at several facilities that have music therapy programs. For The Candlelighters Foundation, he performed at their Christmas events in Washington, D.C.

For The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Taglieri, along with his band, performed at many events including Light The Night Walks & Relay For Life events. Taglieri won the prestigious "2004 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man Of The Year" award in NJ for his work.

Personal life

Taglieri currently lives in Hanson, Massachusetts with his wife Laureen, their daughter Harmony Grace, their beagle Java, & two cats Munchkin & Sammy.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "John Taglieri Interview". Angelfire. 1999. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 "John Taglieri Interview". Sound Click. 1999. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hartzog, Brian (September 10, 2009). "On Meeting a Real-Life Indie Artist Success Story...". The Funk and Roll Diaries. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  4. Gennerd, Barry. "Lives Review". Glitzine. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 "John Taglieri: Biography". 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Leap of Faith, 1999". GLORYDAZE Music. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Half & Half. CDBaby. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "John Taglieri Concert Schedule". Eventful. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  9. Boyle, Margaret (November 10, 2010). "John Taglieri Returns to UMW to Play a Crowd-Pleasing Set of Nostalgic Covers". The Bullet. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "About Me". 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  11. "John Taglieri - The AOR Mafia of New Jersey Lives On". Rock United. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  12. "John Taglieri on Reverb". ReverbNation. 6/2/2009. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Indie Buzz Bootcamp". Indie Bible. April 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 

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