John McCarty | Plans We Made

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Plans We Made

by John McCarty

A soulful and confident debut, with organic grooves that slip and slide between heartbreak and hope, a la Ron Sexsmith, James Taylor.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Breakaway
3:56 $0.99
2. In My Mind
3:55 $0.99
3. Preparing For Forever
3:49 $0.99
4. Teach Me
3:39 $0.99
5. Plans We Made
3:06 $0.99
6. Cosmopolitan
3:33 $0.99
7. Love Is A Humble Healer
4:35 $0.99
8. Welcome Back
3:46 $0.99
9. Taking Time
4:40 $0.99
10. You're There
4:36 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
John McCarty got his start singing in his hometown, Duluth, Minnesota. As a ninthgrader, he was the frontman for a college band. At 16, he bought a $30 guitar from a neighborhood friend, and began writing his own songs by the time he was 19. He released his first original recording, Turn it Around, when he was 21.

While studying at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, McCarty performed solo shows to packed auditoriums of over 600 enthusiastic fans. He followed Turn It Around with two more home made releases; I Know, and Welcome Back. Each release sold over 1000 copies as John toured the Midwest. Welcome Back landed on the desk of Burst Records president Daniel Holter, who realized right away that John had a rare combination of talents-an expressive, soulful voice; deft, groove-oriented guitar playing; and earnest songwriting. As a young & independent label, Burst Records chose John McCarty as one of their first signings. says "there's something undeniably fabulous about [these songs]. John's voice is really distinctive, and the playing and production are truly superb. Definitely the best thing I've heard here at Taxi all day, all week, all month!!!"

Some top-notch musicians join McCarty on Plans We Made :
Phil Madeira (Amy Grant, Owsley, Buddy Miller, Garth Brooks)
Mark Robertson (Matthew Ryan, Rich Mullins)
John Ferraro (David Baerwald, Barry Manilow, Boz Skaggs)
Jerry Hey & Larry Williams (Michael Jackson, Toto, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin)

Plans We Made is a soulful and confident debut, with organic grooves that slip and slide between heartbreak and hope.



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If you own only one CD make it Plans We Made
Plans We Made is bursting with renowned talent and soulful melodies. It will touch your heart and penetrate your soul.
I nominate John McCarty Best Male Vocalist of the Century.


Fantastic- A true keeper!
With all the re-programmed music out there today- this CD is a refreshing display of true talent and creativity. Wonderful music-

Randy Conklin

Tremendous Collaboration
John is an amazing songwriter and musician. His songs are catchy and the words are true to life. A great producer knows how to bring out the best in an artist, and Daniel Holter has done just that. It's hard not to keep this one playing!

kristine agen

amazing cd that the whole family can enjoy.
I love the whole flow of this CD and the variety each song gives. John has an amazing ability to capture his listeners with either his story lines or his earthy grooves. I can't wait till the next CD release or to catch him in a live show.

Shawna Pfister

Absolutely Fantastic!!!!
I enjoyed the CD from start to end the first time I played it and it got better everytime since then!!!! I can't way to hear it live! John's voice is similar to John Mayer's! If you like great music and a smooth sultry voice this CD is for you!!! Great job, looking forward to the next CD!!!


This CD is the very, very good. Not a weak song on it, and 3-4 songs that are hits. I will be listening to this CD for a long time.

Diane Dutmer-Pfeffer

Very Good
I think the song Taking Time is the real hit on the CD. I would promote this more. A great song for a movie.


Great, mellow music written and performed with passion.
Best new music I've heard in a long time. Played it at work and everyone thought that it was fantastic! Great, mellow music written and performed with passion. The songs have been in my head since I first heard them. This CD should be a hit!

Liz Shadel

Beautiful music with so much personality. Thanks for this gem.
Great way to unwind after a stressful day. Loved Breakaway the first time I heard it. Besides the beautiful guitar, the lyrics are personal and heartfelt.


Great, folky, mellow, storytelling music.
I give it 11 stars...what??! I only get five? what a crock.
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