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The Rebirth of Classic Southern Rock & Soul

Watch for Sun King Rising Album II, Signs & Wonders, Coming This Fall.

The Rebirth of Classic Southern Rock & Soul

Sun King Rising is the musical moniker of singer/songwriter/pianist extraordinaire, John Blangero. Save perhaps for Queen’s Brian May, Blangero is incomparable in all the world.

He is, you see, not only a brilliant, entirely original musical artist, but also a world-renowned genetic scientist. In this respect, he is quite like May, for May is also a scientist (an Astrophysicist, to be precise). Sun King Rising's music draws from the literary genius of William Faulkner, the bluesy compositional brilliance of George Gershwin, the blue-eyed soul of Elton John and Joe Cocker, and the funky rhythms of 60s-70s Muscle Shoals and Memphis. It is a unique fusion of mathematical design with heartfelt musical expression. Call it “The Genetics of Soul.”

Sun King Rising (SKR) first displayed his prodigious musical gifts when he started taking piano lessons at age five in his hometown of New Castle, Pennsylvania.  Five years later, he had absorbed not only the fundamentals of classical music but also gospel and rock music. He joined his first rock band at 14 and was soon composing and singing his own music, eventually attaining regional popularity with his all-original band, Harlequin.


As the band was approaching substantial success, SKR chose to put music on the back burner. He entered college,  to become a biomedical research scientist. Twenty years later, after ascending to rock star stature within the international scientific community, the music lying dormant within John's spirit would no longer remain silent. Playing casually with blues bands in San Antonio rekindled his creative spark and prompted him to begin writing new songs.

On October 2, 2020, PeacockSunrise Record released his first solo album—Delta Tales. Its songs are expressions of the soul and gospel influences that shaped him. He called it “The Rebirth of Classic Southern Rock & Soul.”

Now, he has completed d his second album, Signs & Wonders…a quantum leap to a higher musical plane in every respect. He now calls it "The New School of Modern Rock & Soul Music.”  

Signs & Wonders will be released in the Fall of 2022.


Lyrically, the songs of both albums are vignettes of love found, love lost, family, faith, historical burden, betrayal, sin, and redemption set in a southern cultural landscape. Within this mix lie universal themes, as well, that make all listeners think, feel, dance, and dream. 

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