SPOTLIGHT - PLEDGE MUSIC CAMPAIGN STATEMENT
Firstly thank you to everyone who has bought or downloaded the album so far and thanks for all the kind words on social media! Keep spreading the word please!! If you have bought the album from places like Amazon or iTunes, you don’t need to read the below statement - but for all pledgers please read on.
You may be aware from the press and other outlets (including my recent tweet) that Pledge Music is in financial disarray and that there recently have been problems with fulfilment of some Pledge campaigns.
Unfortunately all these rumours are true, and I’m sorry to say that my Spotlight album campaign is one of those that has been affected.
I am mortified by this turn of events - seeing as the album wouldn’t have been made without your support - but please be assured that I am doing everything I can to get your items to you as soon as possible. I am not entirely sure of the exact reasons why Pledge are in financial trouble but apparently the root of these problems is improper money management where PledgeMusic failed to hold artists’ campaign funds separately and securely and instead invested it back into the company. If true, this would directly conflict with PledgeMusic’s terms and conditions, which state “monies collected by PledgeMusic for a Campaign will be held on account for the Artist.” As the company’s growth slowed the situation worsened leaving artistes like myself in a very difficult situation. I want you to know that my team and I are working on alternative solutions to fulfil all pledges and get items to you as soon as we can. Due to the fluidity of the current situation with Pledge Music (things seem to be changing on a daily basis) I have had to take control of all Pledge fulfilment and obviously this will delay expected delivery of items.
All who have pledged during the campaign will shortly receive an email to discuss how best to fulfil each pledge. This applies mostly to personal experience pledges, non-CD related pledge items (signed pictures, rare items etc) as they are the most logistically difficult items to fulfil. I currently have these items in my storage facility and these will definitely be sent out in the coming weeks. As for the signed physical CDs….well, most of you will have recently received an automated email stating that Pledge Music had sent out your CDs. This is not the case. It looks like Pledge have done their job when they haven’t! I recently signed dozens of boxes of CDs and sent them to the Pledge fulfilment centre (as per the conditions of my Pledge Music contract) and then found out they had stopped fulfilling Pledges and were not sending out any items. Luckily I was able to get the CDs back and have used a brilliant company called Pack Smart Ltd who have helped me get the album out to people who ordered it. Albums should all be delivered within the next week (overseas will take longer of course.) So enormous thanks to them. Pledge were also supposed to send out the digital download of the album too but have not done that either. Instead I have been working with the brilliant Absolute Label Services to setup a solution. All pledgers should now have been sent an email with a unique download code that they can use to download a copy of the album immediately. So check your emails!
It is important to point out that the Pledge campaign is officially over now and I highly recommend people DO NOT pledge for Spotlight anymore. Signed albums will be still be available on my brand new Music Glue shop page. Other items will appear eventually too. Check it out:
I am currently seeking legal advice so Pledge Music will eventually release the funds built up during the campaign. I have essentially paid for the recording of the album myself over the last year, incurring many thousands of pounds in costs during the process. (I will also now have to absorb the mounting cost of administration and postage to fulfil the Pledges myself). The money you pledged was held in trust by Pledge Music and was due to be transferred to me when the campaign ended. Rather worryingly, it now seems that this may not happen.
This deeply saddens me not just for the financial reasons mentioned but because I entered into the contract with Pledge Music in good faith. I’m bitterly disappointed by what has happened; I myself am a pledger and have pledged on many different campaigns, so I know exactly how it works from both sides. It means so much to me that your support helped make this album and I am appalled at the idea that your faith in me and my faith in the Pledge system has been misplaced.
I hope you understand the difficult situation in which I suddenly find myself. I can't do what I do without your incredible support and I will do everything in my power to make it right and ensure that all pledges will be fulfilled as promised.
Thanks to you all for your continuing patience and support for this project.
To read the official PledgeMusic statements on their current situation please follow the links below:
THE BRAND NEW ALBUM OUT ON FEBRUARY 15TH!
Recorded in London and Prague during 2018, John’s latest solo studio album “SPOTLIGHT” features brand new versions of some classic musical theatre tracks…and more! He is accompanied on the 13 track album by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Quirk.
1. From Now On from The Greatest Showman
2. Evermore from Beauty and The Beast
3. You Raise Me Up
4. Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific
5. I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables
6. Love Never Dies from Love Never Dies
7. What Kind Of Fool Am I? from Stop the World - I Want to Get Off!
8. The Prayer (featuring Lucie Jones)
9. Climb Every Mountain from The Sound Of Music
10. Through the Barricades
11. Goodbye from Catch Me If You Can
12. I'm Going Home from The Rocky Horror Show
13 While Floating High Above from Ken Hill's The Phantom of the Opera (bonus track)
buy the album HERE
JOHN SET TO PLAY VALJEAN IN THE WEST END AGAIN!
John will share the role of Jean Valjean with Alfie Boe in Les Miserables during a limited run of a very special ALL STAR STAGED concert version of the show
THE SHOW WILL RUN FROM AUGUST 10th 2019 - NOVEMBER 30th 2019
JOHN WILL PLAY THE ROLE OF JEAN VALJEAN AT LEAST 3 TIMES A WEEK AND IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED TO PERFORM EVERY MONDAY NIGHT, WEDNESDAY MATINEE AND THURSDAY NIGHT
John is also scheduled to play the role for all shows on 14th, 15th & 16th October 2019
(Please note the performance schedule is subject to change without notice. Les Misérables cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular performer, which is always subject to illness and holiday)
John has had a long and happy association with Les Misérables. He remains the youngest actor in the show’s history to have played Jean Valjean (first playing the role at just 26), has appeared as Valjean twice on Broadway (in 2006 and 2016) and was the first British actor to play the role in both New York and London. He was also the first actor to play Jean Valjean in the newly staged version of the show for its 25th Anniversary tour in 2010 and can be heard as Valjean on the Les Misérables Live! album. During this run he was nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award for his portrayal and won a Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor in a musical. The Manchester Evening News called his performance “a truly astonishing achievement that must be one of the greatest stage performances of all time.” John last played the role of Jean Valjean in 2016 when he appeared in the show’s Middle East premiere in Dubai. He has been part of the show’s 10th, 20th, 21st, 25th and 30th birthday celebrations and was voted ‘Best Ever Valjean’ in a worldwide online poll of fans of the show. John ‘s forthcoming appearance at The Gielgud Theatre will mean he has performed as Jean Valjean in every London theatre in which the show has played; the Barbican, the Palace, the Queen’s and now the Gielgud!
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
Cameron Mackintosh has announced that for 16 weeks only Michael Ball (Javert), Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Fantine) and Matt Lucas (Thénardier) will lead a large cast and orchestra of over sixty-five in the concert version of Les Misérables. Katy Secombe also joins to play Madame Thénardier and for three performances a week, the role of Jean Valjean will be played by John Owen-Jones. Further casting will be announced shortly.
This spectacular staging of the legendary concert, previously seen in London at the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 Arena, will run from 10 August – 30 November 2019 at the intimate Gielgud Theatre next door to the current home of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre. Public booking opens at 12noon (GMT) on Thursday 7 February 2019.
Produced on stage by Mackintosh, Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical now in its 34th year in London.
The Original London production currently at the Queen’s Theatre (following runs at the Barbican and the Palace Theatre) will play until 13 July 2019 when the theatre will then close for four months of rebuilding work This work will also restore architect W.G. Sprague’s original boxes and loges which, along with the entire front of house, were destroyed by a bomb in 1940 and caused the theatre to be closed for 20 years. The restored Queen’s Theatre will reopen in December of 2019 with a new production of Les Misérables continuing its phenomenal run indefinitely, with a new West End company being put together now.
JOHN TO LAUNCH SPOTLIGHT WITH SERIES OF INTIMATE LIVE SHOWS
JOHN WILL APPEAR AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL, LONDON 17th/18th FEBRUARY AND AT THE NORWEGIAN CHURCH, CARDIFF 20TH/ 21ST FEBRUARY
Simply John, his musical director, a piano and an audience…