John C. Slade channels America’s greatest poet, Walt Whitman. Two years before hip-hop sensation “Hamilton" reached Broadway, John was already rapping Whitman’s life-affirming verses, preaching Uncle Walt’s inspiring gospel of brotherhood, sisterhood, and spiritual inclusiveness. In his own day, Whitman’s message was considered too radical for polite company … but today his big, open voice is a tonic to toxic times.
An ideal channel for Whitman, John Slade is a professional actor (Titanic, L.A. Confidential), and an award-winning songwriter (I SING WALT WHITMAN is his fourth CD release). During its 2014 bid for Grammy consideration, jazz artist Lorraine Feather called I SING WALT WHITMAN “a mind-blowing album,” while 2015 Grammy winner Paul Avgerinos called it “Truly joyful, uplifting and spiritually energizing! Walt Whitman was a New Age prophet, WAY ahead of his time … John Slade and his wonderful musical magicians bring all of this alive in a magnificent way!”