John Dhali is an Indie Soul artist with a powerful presence, a rare depth of understanding and a song-writing maturity ahead of his years.
“Music is the expression of my true Self. I believe it can have the power to remind people of who they really are. This is my intention – I write about ‘Self Realization’ and want to bring this idea into popular culture through music. I want to make people happy.”
Musical Influences come in all shapes and sizes, including John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, The Waterboys, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Radiohead, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Jimi Hendrix. The real fuel behind Dhali’s songs however, is found in his own personal story of transformation and his love of Hindu philosophy.
Hearing his music for the first time has been likened to ‘welcoming an old friend’, instantly familiar melodies, profound lyricism and a soaring vocal combine to form a magical musical medicine for the soul.
The release of John’s Debut EP (‘John Dhali EP’) in October 2015 saw him burst on to his local scene and find loyal backing from BBC Introducing Stoke. John was subsequently voted ‘Best Solo Act’ in the ‘Music Awards of Staffordshire and Cheshire 2016’ – a title he retained at the 2017 awards. His songs have featured on both BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stevens) and BBC Radio 2 (Jo Wiley). John continues to go from strength to strength – 2017 saw the formation of his 5 piece Soul-ensemble and a record deal with independent label ‘Kidda Records’.
Consistently leaving audiences inspired and uplifted, John has gigged extensively in his beloved Northwest and further afield, even reaching as far as India and Thailand to share his music! His live performance is truly captivating – full of passion and honesty with a soulfulness that somehow finds its way into the deepest reaches of your being.
“John’s music is right up my street!” Frank Turner
“We think this man is a future number one artist” Rob Adcock // BBC Introducing
“His songs are prayers, mantras, lessons to be learnt. I watch with immovable awe, my cheeks physically aching from my whopping great grin” Leah Hamer // Rebel Magazine
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Originally from Wilmslow in Cheshire, Joel’s music has won him a solid fan base and recognition from big names. Tanglewood Guitars regularly promote his work as a Tanglewood Artist. In August Joelperformed a session on BBC Radio Manchester and is regularly played on various other local radio stations.In 2017, Joel toured the UK 3 times performing alongside established artists such as Jamie Lawson, Brian Kennedy and Toss The Feathers; stunning crowds as far apart as Perth and Brighton. He released his popular EP ‘The Idea’ with a sold out show at Manchester’s ‘Gullivers’ venue. He made his first appearances on the festival circuit at Lattitude Festival and Tramlines Festival in Sheffield.