Song # 17: “Starring Role” by John Taglieri

Hello Friends:


“Starring Role” by John Taglieri is the 17th song in The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20.


John has appeared on Alive with Clive on two occasions, the first time on his own on December 14, 2007, and the second time accompanied by fellow band member, Brad Whitley, on November 21, 2008, and performed “Starring Role,” the first song from his fourth CD, Wide Awake & Dreaming, during his appearance on Alive with Clive on December 14, 2007.


Here is a picture of me with John that was taken in the TV studio before his interview on Alive with Clive:

John Taglieri with Clive Swersky

John Taglieri with Clive Swersky


This is what you will discover about John from his Bio on his Web site, and his MySpace page at


With seven independent albums to his credit, John has made a solid name on the indie circuit, constantly touring and playing relentlessly. His tenacious attitude has garnered him considerable press.  With all the media have come sponsorships from the likes of Ovation Guitars, Marshall Amplification and Curt Mangan Strings.


John’s first solo CD, Leap Of Faith, was a true labor of love for him. The diverse blend of songs on the CD has made his sound accessible to many people, from many genres.  With one Male Pop CD of the Year win already, and also a runner up for Rock Album Of The Year nod, as well as being chosen as a “Top 20” in many polls, there seems to be no delay to the tremendous momentum.


John’s second CD, Half & Half, helped to garner him the UIMA Pop/Rock Artist Of The Year award, with more press and bigger shows following along.  Opening for more national acts, gaining exposure and fans, the momentum continued to build.  His third release, NOW, kept that momentum going with more touring and more positive reviews.


Having shared the stage regularly with acts such as Rik Emmett, Edwin McCain, The Gin Blossoms, Gavin DeGraw, Sister Hazel, and many other top name acts, John became an in demand performer.  His fourth release, Wide Awake & Dreaming, found John on the doorstep of the next phase of his career.  With great production and powerful songs, including a cover of Blues great Joe Bonnamassa’s “Waiting For Me”, the CD surged John into new heights.Everything We Are continued this trend, with fast paced songs, catchy melodies, great harmonies and a fun, alive spirit that he wanted to capture.  Writing the entire EP with his guitarist and good friend Brad Whitley, he found new things to say and a new voice to say it with.


LIVES begins a new chapter in John’s life and career. LIVES was born of a series of songs written in early 2009. John and his co-writer, Brad Whitley, in the midst of writing what was to be the second in a string of EP’s, realized that they had a storyline in their latest round of compositions.  John took the storyline idea and mushroomed it. Contacting storywriter Gil Gonzalez, they formulated the EP/Book combination, with each track correlating with each chapter of the book released with it.  John then contacted long time friend and graphic designer, Tony Marchesani, and brought him into the project to handle the graphic novel side.


Ever growing as a writer, his new material is full of straight up AAA/Power Pop Rock n’ Roll.  His new songs speak to the listeners from a place that talks about what life is all about.  His knack for story telling and pulling the listener into the song is increasing and is helping to build a solid fan base. With a solid foundation and fantastic new material, it seems that the consistent upwards climb is going to continue.


A singer, songwriter, performer, multi-instumentalist, record label owner, studio owner, career mentor, book publisher, story author and vocal coach, John is always keeping busy and constantly moving to forward his career. 


This is what Bob Baker – author, indie musician and former music magazine editor dedicated to showing musicians of all kinds how to get exposure, connect with fans, sell more CDs, and increase their incomes – has said about John:


“John Taglieri is one of the hardest working men in indie music.  He’s sold more than 12,000 CDs over the past several years, tours regularly, runs his own record label and publishing company, teaches, and more.  John is the king of generating multiple streams of music income.  He’s the co-author of ‘How to Make a Living as a Full-Time Indie Musician’ and has a music career work ethic like no one you’ve ever met.  He’s even landed sponsorships with Ovation, Marshall and Curt Mangan Strings.”


To find out how you can obtain a copy of “How To Make a Living as a Full-Time Indie Musician,” which is a recording of an interview Bob Baker conducted with John and consists of three hours of audio on seven downloadable mp3 files, click here now.




John is an inspiration not only for other musicians but for anyone who is keen to turn their passion into profit, because through planning, dedication and discipline, he found a way to quit his day job so he could tour and play gigs as often as his voice and schedule allows. 


Starring Role” is an extraordinary song, since it touches on so many themes, such as: 


  • Be aware of all of the opportunities all around you.
  • Life is precious, and it is not a dress rehearsal, so make the most of it.
  • Don’t sell out on your dreams or settle for a life of mediocrity just because it’s easy and comfortable to do so.
  • Be willing to do the things that both scare and excite you.
  • It’s up to you, and you alone, to create and live the life you want. 
  • Prepare yourself fully for the decisive moments in life when you have the chance to excel and realize your dreams. 
  • Have the courage to persist to become the person you’re destined to become, no matter what the obstacles or how long it takes.   


And it’s remarkable how John was able to incorporate all these themes so adroitly with his thoughtful lyrics in this one song.


Here are a few lines from the lyrics of “Starring Role”:


Take a break, soak it in, take a look around

At all the world has got to give

And you’ll see there’s more to living than just living

. . . .

So don’t you run away

From everything that gets you high

Makes you smile and keeps your heart pumping

Don’t let it get away

You only get one shot at this

Your life’s the only starring role you get to play


I’d recommend you listen to “Starring Role” often – at least once a week – and even memorize the lyrics, so you are constantly reminded to stretch yourself to manifest all that is available to you in your life 


Here’s the video clip for you to enjoy of John Taglieri singing “Starring Role” on Alive with Clive:



A video clip of John singing “Leap of Faith” on Alive with Clive is also available for you to see on The Alive with Clive TV Channel on YouTube, which you’ll find when click here.


You can learn more about John at and


John is currently in 19th place in The Alive with Clive Top 20.  To vote for John to move into the top spot in The Alive with Clive Top 20, click here.


To see who else is in The Alive with Clive Top 20, click here.


Best regards.



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About Clive Swersky

I am the Host and Producer of Alive with Clive -- Where Today's Top Singer-Songwriters Thrive! One purpose of the show is to inspire you to pursue your passions and fulfill your dreams -- in fulfillment of my promise for the world, which is to create an upward spiral of brilliance and joy in the world! For more information about Alive with Clive and The Alive with Clive Top 20, go to To see video clips of singer-songwriters who have performed on Alive with Clive, go to
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