JJ  Appleton | 500 Moments

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500 Moments

by JJ Appleton

Great pop songs written by a true rock and roll songwriter, 500 Moments is a debut record that demands a closer listen. From the opening anthem of the first track, "Always in My Dreams", JJ's passion for music captures fans of great songwriting.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Always in My Dreams
4:25 $0.99
2. 90 Miles an Hour
2:49 $0.99
3. Figured Out
3:35 $0.99
4. Never Let You Down
3:51 $0.99
5. Please Do
3:39 $0.99
6. Flying
3:58 $0.99
7. Poetry in Motion
3:39 $0.99
8. Forgive
3:03 $0.99
9. Walk Into the Room
3:42 $0.99
10. Gravity
3:09 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Two topics always seem to come up as friends sit in the back corner and argue about the quality of the jukebox in their fav local bar...or at least they do when we all get together...

First, there's the best debut album of all time. Granted, this discussion is basically won by the most passionate or most/least drunk person. In the circle that surrounds JJ Appleton, fervent arguments are fought over debuts ranging from My Aim is True to Are You are Experienced over to High Voltage and back to unforgettable initial efforts from Tom Petty and The Cars.

Second is a more esoteric question that's most interesting to musicians and true music fans...putting together your favorite band/producer combination. For JJ Appleton the choice was simple, Elvis Costello backed by the Heartbreakers with Ric Ocasek producing and Tony Platt on the knobs.

It's this very unique combination of influences that lays the foundation for 500 Moments, the debut album from JJ Appleton. From the opening anthem of the first track, "Always in My Dreams", JJ's passion for songwriting captures fans of all the aforementioned artists and those who are yet to understand the groundwork upon which their current musical tastes lie.

JJ is a New York City based artist who's been in the game for quite a few years, but has recently gained the most attention for his first solo outing 500 Moments. First listens to the record have earned him a spot on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly, a feature on E!'s Wild On, and a national affiliation with Budweiser's True Music Live program and Gibson Guitars.

It's in the spirit of great music and friends defending their favorite artists over a few drinks that we invite you to check out JJ Appleton's debut into the rock world, 500 Moments. In a world of manufactured pop, it's a refreshing experience to listen to a record by an artist that still keeps the vinyl close by...

"Record companies take notice!"
--Jonathan Clarke, Q104 Radio in New York

"JJ Appleton, clings to a pop-rock sound but with considerably more edgy energy...adding figurative lightning to the stormy night."
--Washington Post

Walking around with a half written song in your head can be the torture that paves the road to heaven when it's finally finished. Welcome to my everyday life, where a few more than "500 moments" have led me to this point...

I was born in Detroit and raised in Norwich, Vermont, and since then I've been living in New York City. Vermont was a great place to be a kid, especially for freezing your ass off. So, in order to keep warm, I'd agree to stay inside to practice piano and later guitar for hours on end. These hours gave me plenty of time to dream, and I knew early on that all I wanted to do was to write and play music.

I grew up with uber-creative parents. My father, a pioneer composer of early electronic music, had some interesting house guests when I was growing up. We often welcomed musical giants from Don Cherry to Wang Chung as regular visitors. We also moved around a bit from Sweden, to Tonga, then Oregon and made travels through Turkey and Israel. These early experiences with musical characters and global adventures showed me a world I so wanted to be a part of.

This fall I packed up my '64 SG, and brought along my band to Los Angeles to make "500 Moments" a reality. I'm told it's a series of musical snapshots of my perspective on
life...all I can tell you is this is what my reality is for a moment.

JJ, March 2003



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Ali Petropoulos

absolutly amazing.
wow! where do i even start. JJ's cd is so amazing. it is the type of music that puts you in the best mood. i can definitly relate to some of the songs. i listen to the cd everyday and more than once during the day. the song are awsome, awsome , awsome. they are to upbeat and you cant help but love the songs. JJ has an amazing voice. if you dont like the cd then there is definitly something wrong with you. i am being totally serious. this is one of the best cd's i have heard in a long time. normally i dont like all the songs on a cd but i totally love every single song on this one.


This cd is one of the best I have ever heard. JJ, you are going to go far : )

Colin Power

loved the cd i brought
I brought a copy of JJ Appletons cd 500 moments and i loved it.


love this CD!
Catchy songs, nice sound, good lyrics...overall, a great CD :)


jj owns
i love this cd. jj knows my favorite song is FLYING so i dont need to say it =) oxox

Will Hunt

Talent - WHY is he not signed to a MAJOR ?
Great raw talent. I had the opportunity to see JJ at the Cutting Room NYC - even better live. New material shows artist growth - I hope fellow A&R folks pay attention and market this correctly.


This is an awesome debut album. It's hard to find new music nowadays that has so much energy and appeal to such a wide variety of people. JJ's got potential to go far. I'd say my favorite songs on the cd are "Never Let You Down" and "Flying"... oh heck, they're all great!

Geoff "The Dit"

Can You See a Grammy with JJ Appleton's name on it? I can! After listening to JJ's CD every song is a hit! Buy this album today before your disapointed with some of the junk music out there today--buy real music! JJ Appleton "500 Moments"!

Kristen from NC

Love This CD!
The sounds on this CD just caught me from the very first play. It's one of those albums people can't help but find appealing. I am so excited that there are still albums like this one being released...and every copy sold is a testament to the fact that some people are still hungry for some real music with real feelings behind it. Rockin' debut, JJ! Can't wait for your next album ;)


It's so money baby!
Heard track 9 -Walk into the room- on an episode of Guiding Light and had to buy the album. It is so good.
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