Aug 16

John Wesley releases lyric video for new single “by the light of the sun”


Renowned singer / songwriter & guitarist John Wesley is set to release his forthcoming 8th studio album ‘a way you’ll never be’ on October 7th, 2016 on InsideOut Music.

Now you can check out the first single from the album “by the light of the sun” with the lyric video presented exclusively on

John had this to say about the new track:

“I’m happy to introduce ” by the light of the sun”, the opening track of my new album, “a way you’ll never be”.  This song sets the tone, as a good representation of the style of music and sound for this album. It also opens the door lyrically to introduce the concept of the album, which is my interpretation of the parallels between my favorite author, Ernest Hemingway’s “Lost Generation” and what I perceive to be our own modern day version of a “Lost Generation”. This theme is threaded through all of the songs on the album, with some of the songs making solid connections to characters, stories, and my personal interpretations of some of Hemingway’s writing.

The very first line of lyrics in the song make the connection to the “burning man” character used in the imagery of the cover art. “By the light of a sun, burning dreams into ash….”, this concept that many of us chase our dreams through life and sometimes the closer we get to them, the more these aspirations can seem to “burn us”.

The image of the “burning man” is meaningful on many levels, which contextually evolves from song to song. At times it represents change, or courage, as well as a burning passion. Other times it even ties into the the myth of “Icarus” having pushed too hard and flown too near the sun. 

I am excited to present “by the light of a sun” as the first video so that those interested in unpacking the many layers contained in the lyrics and music of this album can begin the journey. Enjoy the ride….”  JW

‘a way you’ll never be’ was produced by Jim Morris at the legendary Morrisound Studios and you can find the full track-listing below:

1. by the light of a sun (5:32)

2. a way you’ll never be (7:18)
3. to outrun the light (7:07)
4. the revolutionist (5:57)
5. nada (5:41)
6. the silence in coffee (5:09)
7. unsafe space (4:17)
8. sun.a.rose (6:44)
9. epic (4:51)
10. pointless endeavors (03:38)

The album will be available in Digipak CD, Digital Download.

John Wesley has built a long and varied career as a songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. His music has been called lyrically sensitive and musically dynamic. His song-writing style incorporates emotionally-charged vocals that evoke the honesty and intimacy of Roger Waters and Patty Griffin coupled with a melodic yet intricate guitar style reminiscent of David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson, and Jeff Beck. John Wesley has performed as guitarist/vocalist for critically acclaimed UK based recording act Porcupine Tree, during the “In Absentia”, “Deadwing”, “Fear of a Blank Planet”, and “The Incident” world tours with whom he played with for nine years, culminating in 2010 with sold out performances at Radio City Music Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

In support of the album, John will head out as support to Marillion & Steven Wilson in the US & Canada and you can find the full list of dates below:

With Marillion

Friday 21 October 2016 – The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA, USA

 Saturday 22 October 2016 – Saban Theater Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Tuesday 25 October 2016 – Paramount Theatre Denver, CO, USA

Thursday 27 October 2016 – Vic Theatre Chicago, IL, USA

Friday 28 October 2016 – Vic Theatre Chicago, IL, USA

Saturday 29 October 2016 – Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH, USA

Monday 31 October 2016 – Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON, Canada

Tuesday 1 November 2016 – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre Montreal, QC, Canada

Wednesday 2 November 2016 – L’Impérial Bell Québec, QC, Canada

Friday 4 November 2016 – Royale Boston Boston, MA, USA

Saturday 5 November 20169:30 Club Washington, DC, USA

 Sunday 6 November 2016 – Keswick Theatre Philadelphia, PA, USA

 Tuesday 8 November 2016 – Playstation Theater New York, NY, USA

With Steven Wilson

Thursday 17 November 2016 – Center Stage Atlanta, GA, USA

Friday 18 November 2016 – The Plaza Live Orlando, FL, USA

Saturday 19 November – State Theatre Tampa, FL, USA

Sunday 20 November – Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Look out for more information on the album in the coming weeks.


1994 – Under the Red and White Sky
1995 – The Closing of the Pale Blue Eyes
1998 – The Emperor Falls
2002 – Chasing Monsters
2005 – Shiver
2011 – The Lilypad Suite
2014 – Disconnect
2016 – a way you’ll never be


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