Joseph Lee Hooker | Heaven's on Its Way

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Heaven's on Its Way

by Joseph Lee Hooker

Ever feel like Heaven has left you on your own...? These inspirational songs will remind you to hold on to hope and faith in tomorrow. Feel Heaven right beside you, as this CD takes you on a vocal journey from doubt to confidence, despair to hope.
Genre: Spiritual: Christian Rock
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1. In the Name of Jesus
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2. Happiness
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3. Heaven's on Its Way
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4. How Many Lives
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5. Today
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6. Oh, My People
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Leading A&R Music Company TAXI classifies Heaven's on Its Way track, "In the Name of Jesus" as "uplifting and...inspiring," adding, "The contrast and build in the prechorus section is compelling, and the chorus has an upbeat, catchy quality... The arrangement is excellent. The catchy melody is well-crafted and has the right amount of movement and contrast. ["In the Name of Jesus" has a] very strong melodic structure." TAXI Reviewer #34 adds, "My favorite line is: 'prepare for the shower of His love at the final hour.' The lyric is very inspirational and seems to focus on Christ's love and loving one another. The title has tremendous power."

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"In my capacity as a producer for major record labels and as an executive producer and programmer of music for our national television show, I have professionally evaluated thousands of people who consider themselves artists. I have always felt that the quality, believability and strength of Joe Hooker's voice is in the top 10 of anyone I've ever heard.

"I also believe after evaluating thousands of songs in the last 30 years, that his writing ability is in the top 10."

-Michael Nise
President, OMNI 2000
Executive Producer, "Dancin' On Air" and "Dance Party USA"
(unsolicited opinion)

Joseph Lee Hooker is a prolific songwriter whose music has attained national and international acclaim. His most recent award came via the John Lennon Songwriter's Contest -- apropos, as Hooker remains adamant that Lennon, McCartney and the Beatles will always be his main musical influences. “Simplicity like that is perfection that will never be duplicated,” he states.

Hooker is a dedicated martial artist and a Certified Karate Instructor with blackbelts in Tang Soo Do (3rd degree) and Hapkido. He currently collaborates with wife Bridget on projects in various languages.

A singer/songwriter since 1963, Joseph, or "The Hook”, first performed live on the big stage on New Jersey's famous Steel Pier as part of Tony Grant's "Stars of Tomorrow". There he met the Supremes, Gene Krupa, and was taught how to move on stage by Rudy Pompelli (Bill Haley's Comets). In fact, it was the manager of Haley's Comets who first approached Joseph when he was a mere 13 years old and offered to buy the first song he ever wrote, "A Girl Like You." Lacking guidance and a manager, the young songwriter declined ("Nobody told me who they were...!"), but plans to release the toon as part of a new project in the future.

Joseph Hooker devoted his early years to recording and performing dozens of his own original songs, and writing hundreds more. "In school, I would watch the old Simplex clock on the wall during class, and write songs... I would aim for three minutes a song, as I'd heard once on the radio that that was the perfect song length..."

He was the only solo artist to perform at "Mar y Sol," the 1st International Pop Festival in Puerto Rico in 1972, following John McLaughlin and the Mahu Vishnu Orchestra. McLaughlin was very complimentary about Joseph's spectacular performance, and afterward, many labeled Joseph as an "up and coming" artist. Unfortunately, just weeks after returning from Puerto Rico, Joseph was almost killed in a motorcycle accident which landed him in the hospital for months and took years of recovery. He continued to sing and write as a way to heal from his wounds, something which has become a personal theme on his journey through life.

"Music has been there for me when no one else was... God spoke to me, and I believe still teaches me, through my own songs. I've learned to pay attention, because often, I don't even know where the words come from, and it can take me years to understand all the meaning behind the lyrics."

Joseph later performed at the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1990, and sang harmony to "You Are So Beautiful" with Billy Preston. He performed at Vet Stadium in the early 1980's, and live on the nationally-televised Dance Party USA. He performed at World Youth Day 1994 in Denver, and traveled around the country for years singing at youth conferences and churches. His winning song "Photo of the Century," awarded by Kodak, was performed for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell in 2000, and he sang for President Clinton in 2008. Music videos to several of his songs, including "Don't Cry, Mary," "Totally Yours," and "The Miracle Song," air on cable TV and EWTN.

The death of his firstborn son, Luke John, to liver cancer in 1997 was a huge blow, he said, which "kind of knocked the song out of me". When he picked up his guitar years later, his songs had become even richer, deeper, more soulful -- to the point that he realized that he had more to say -- and more to learn -- through his lyrics than ever. He chose to focus on songwriting with either a spiritual or patriotic bent, and recently won recognition for “The Miracle Song”, written in honor of his departed son, in the annual and wildly-popular John Lennon Songwriting contest.

In 2014-16, Hooker and his wife toured South America as part of a cultural empowerment event called "VidaFest". A particular highlight was his performance in Spanish of two of his original songs, before an estimated crowd of 23,000 at El Estadio La Corregidora (Querétaro, México).

Hooker has over 500 songs registered or pending registration with the US Copyright office, as well as two inspirational photographs that many have referred to as “miraculous”. He continues to write, record and sing on his Pennsylvania ranch (on and off the tractor) as a way to heal, meditate, grow and move forward. Indeed, his music as his own mentor and friend has become a theme on his journey through life.

Hooker's songs since turning 50 are much richer and contain many more layers than his early music; in fact, there may be a whole different genre he is defining: NEW ADULT music, inspired by the best of rock's hayday, and sprinkled with the sentiment we all seek as time goes on. His songs are not “oldies”, nor strictly folk or pop -- and they are something far beyond hip-hop or unintelligible, angry rap. Music COMES ALIVE again through this artist, and takes each listener along for the incredible, soul-stirring ride. Isn't that always how it was meant to be?

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