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Artist: John Elefante

Title: Defying Gravity

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Category: AOR

Year: 1999

Label: Pamplin

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John Elefante vocals, keyboards
Chris McHugh drums
Gary Burnett guitar
George Marineli Jr guitar
Matt Pierson bass
Jeffrey Roach piano
Larry Hall organ
Tony Palacios guitar on The Truth, The Life

Third solo album from former frontman of Kansas and co-founder of Pakaderm Records.


1.  If You Just Believe  
2.  Pass the Flame  
3.  The Stream  
4.  Defying Gravity  
5.  The Truth, the Life  
6.  The Way That You Love Me  
7.  Exit 39  
8.  Home With a View   
9.  Don't Leave the Band  
10.  Give It All Away  

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From: james Date: January 26, 2002 at 12:35
Pass the flame is a great song. This album is much better than the second and as good as the first. If you remember John Elefante fronted Kansas for a while and is one of the top producers in any type of music. As good as Mutt Lange.

From: rob garcia Date: January 17, 2003 at 18:42
certainly this is a very good album but i would love to see john doing another mastedon album.

From: illimey Date: August 23, 2004 at 15:37
I have all three of JE's solo albums but to be honest they're not quite what I'm looking for from an ex member of Kansas! Granted, he was only with the band for two albums - and I haven't actually heard either of those - but I cannot imagine that they are anything like as lightweight as this solo stuff. It's just too damn NICE! Smooth to the point of being bland - although I've listened to this one fairly recently nothing about it has stuck in my mind. Pleasant, inoffensive, competent AOR. 6/10.

From: James Date: August 23, 2004 at 19:10
what is such a shock is that he produced some of the hardest hitters of the early 90's in the christian rock scene so i expected a bit more punch from his solo stuff.

From: Dr_Funk Date: November 1, 2010 at 17:26
This simply is amazing! John has one the greatest voices of our time, and his orchestration and production is nothing short of perfection. Yes, he and his brother Dino have produced some of the "hardest hitters of the early 90's," but don't let the fact that this is a softer effort discourage you from giving it a listen. You should not be disappointed. This is top form AOR!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 19, 2011 at 21:34
Pleasant album...mature lyrics as usual and nice melodies..CCM at its best soft way possible ...John has always been a big influence for musicians related with the genre since his days in Kansas but basically when he launched his solo career and producing CCM bands was when he got all the attention ..."If You Just Believe","Defying Gravity","The Way That You Love Me"(catchy) & "Give It All Away" are nice songs..."Pass The Flame" & "The Truth,The Life" my fave ones...good album if you are into this religious stuff..87/100

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