Singer-songwriter John Sonntag may claim to be Chasing Stars in the title cut of his last album, but audience members that catch him in concert may find themselves basking in the glow of a star rising.

Reared in the rust belt, a local legend in Hoboken, New Jersey, and now a distinguished producer-performer based in historic Lambertville, New Jersey, Sonntag brings a lifetime’s worth of wisdom and a country-full of musical skills and insights to the stage.

His lovely tenor voice and sophisticated vocal style ring true in his original songs about American dreams and disappointments. It can be as tender as love songs, or as gritty as the gravel roads of his odes to broken American dreams in the industrial hinterland. His sound draws on the roots of American music – from countrified slide guitar and plaintive harmonica to evocative mandolins and electric rock – to tell stories of the many routes we travel, from steel-town dead ends to cross-country odysseys.

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He matches this range with a talent on many instruments and a knack for finding equally gifted collaborators, delivering a complete concert experience and conjuring a vast musical cast of characters, whether in a full-band or intimate solo setting.

Sonntag’s warm sound welcomes listeners of many tastes into insightful songs of everyday people – a talent like his is not one you meet every day, and once you’ve heard it, you may find yourself anticipating your next opportunity.

Spend an evening with Sonntag at the Patricia Kuran Cultural Arts Center, 75 North Martine Avenue in Fanwood, N.J. at 8:00 p.m. on September 10th, 2011. For venue information, please visit Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Seriesor send an email to Sonntag’s records, Chasing Starsand One More Midnight, are available at CD Baby and John is online at For more information, contact