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ioux Falls, South Dakota that I needed to go somewhere else ioux Falls, South Dakota my music with new people and that is where this 24-year-old and share my music with new people is where this 24-year-old place just happened to be California.” calls home. But now a and that place just happened to be calls home. But now a resi- Signed to Little Flower Records, his resident of Los Angeles, California.” Signed to Little Flower dent of Los Angeles, John debut album ‘Possible’ was released last John Goraj explains how it Records, his debut album ‘Possible’ Goraj explains how it was year but it is only now that it is being was a necessary move. was released last year but it is only a necessary move. taken notice of. now that it is being taken notice of. Across ten tracks, acoustic guitar Across ten tracks, acoustic guitar A self-confessed dreamer, Goraj’s and vocals are the main unwavering A self-confessed dreamer, Goraj’s and vocals are the main unwavering ambitions forged the way for him to dreams forged the way for him to make elements which are supported, as often make the move to the City of Angels. elements which are supported, as the move to the City of Angels. Not con- in folk music, by banjo and cello. “I often in folk music, by the banjo Not content with the confines of a think the cello is the most gorgeous tent with the confines of a small town, small town, he knew he had to get out. and cello. According to Goraj, the he knew he had to get out. “I’m not sure sounding instrument created,” accord“I’m not sure exactly why I moved to cello is the most gorgeous sounding exactly why I moved to LA, I just knew ing to Goraj. For a man who exudes an instrument created. For a man who LA, I just knew that I couldn’t be in that I couldn’t be in Sioux Falls anymore. unreserved shyness, he exerts a formiexudes an unreserved shyness, Sioux Falls anymore. Not because I Not because I don’t like it there, because dable force on ‘Possible.’ Recorded in don’t like it there, because I love South he exerts a formidable force on I love South Dakota and miss it a lot,” he Sioux Falls, the overriding composition ‘Possible.’ Recorded in Sioux Falls, Dakota and miss it a lot,” he says. says. “There are many talented musicians theme is reducing each track to their Goraj manages to reduce each track “There are many talented musicians and songwriters there and I’m blessed to core to get to the heart of music. This and songwriters there and I’m blessed to their core to get to the heart of call them friends. It was just time for me reduction can be heard in the impresmusic. This reduction can be heard to call them friends. It was just time to leave. I had done everything I needed sive ‘Across Your Mountain’ or the alfor me to leave. I had done everything in the impressive ‘Across Your bum opener ‘Woven.’ Both tracks stand to do there and I felt strongly that I I needed to do there and I felt strongly Mountain’ or the album opener needed to go somewhere else and share out because you think that you are

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‘Woven.’ Both tracks stand out really near to the music and the musibecause you think that you are really cian. Goraj considers himself to fall near to the music and the musician. into the genre of progressive folk music Goraj considers himself to fall into and this certainly is true. Through his the genre of progressive folk music emotive lyrics, you are invited into and this certainly is true. Through his Goraj’s world. He opens the door to his emotive lyrics, you are invited into deepest thoughts and emotions; you Goraj’s world. He opens the door to feel exactly what he is feeling. his deepest thoughts and emotions; Harmonies between different you feel exactly what he is feeling. instruments which are layered on top Harmonies between different of each other float over more complex instruments which are layered on songs, most notably the title track, top of each other float over more because it combines acoustic guitar, complex songs, most notably the banjo, cello and different singing styles. title track, because it combines What was the inspiration behind this? acoustic guitar, banjo, cello and “Since the songs cover so many years of different singing styles. What was my life, it was hard to figure out what the inspiration behind this? “Since the fuck these songs were even about? the songs cover so many years of So I had to dig a little, to find out what my life, it was hard to figure out I should call it I ended up calling it, what the fuck these songs were even ‘Possible’ because of the song “Possible,’ about? So I had to dig a little, to find which is mostly about my relationship

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