JC Crowley




 An award-winning artist who has blazed his own trail as a songwriter, singer, musician, composer, screenwriter and poet. 


*JC Crowley is no longer a band member as of 1979 

John Charles Crowley was born from an Irish family on November 13, 1947, in Houston TX.  He enjoyed traveling, sailing on the shores of Galveston Bay, and flying planes. After a series of rugged jobs ranging from ranch hand in Texas to forest-fire fighter and boat pilot in Alaska, his heart always brought him back to his love of music. He formed several different local bands there while growing up, none of which he was satisfied with. A tape of his early songs found it's way to Jesse Ed Davis, then with recording artists Taj Mahal. Davis asked J.C. to come to L.A. in 1972, and try his singing and writing skills there. It was a few years later, in 1977, when he met Peter Beckett at a Hollywood posh party. They then got together to collaborate on writing songs and jamming in J.C.'s garage. J.C. became co-founder of Player, and co-writer of "Baby Come Back", their number 1 smash hit. He also shared the vocals on both albums, 'Player' and 'Danger Zone', contributing his keyboard, guitar, bass and songwriting skills to the band. J.C. left Player after their second LP, when the group's musical direction proved to be too confining for what he wanted to persue.
He continued as a successful song writer, signing with RCA. His biggest success was a song he had written and performed himself called "Beneath the Texas Moon" in '88, which was from his only solo LP, also titled Beneath The Texas Moon. This song appeared on the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood's Pink Cadillac. Crowley had a few famous friends lend vocal support on this solo CD; Roseanne Cash, Vince Gill, Timothy B. Schmit, Bonnie Raitt, and J.D. Souther. J.C. was nominated for 'Best New Male Country Vocalist' in 1989. 

Through the 80's and 90's, his songs were recorded by  Johnny Cash, Smokey Robinson, Little River Band, the Oak Ridge Boys, and many more. He also wrote for many TV shows such as The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live. He reappeared with Player again in 1982, on the Spies Of Life LP, as co-writer with Dennis Lambert on the song "I'd Rather Be Gone". Communicating through his music is prime and above all to J.C. His feelings and soul come out through his songs: it's J.C.'s way of letting you know what's going on inside of him. He fought and won a battle with cancer 1994-1999, and continues writing and producing from his home in Topanga, CA. John also joined original members Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss on stage in 2009 to perform 'Baby Come Back' with them once again in Palm Springs for the show "Dennis Lambert-man Behind The Music".

J. C. Crowley’s career as a recording artist and hit songwriter began in the 1970’s when a tape of his songs found its way to Taj Mahal’s guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, who encouraged J. C. to come to Los Angeles. As a founding member of the band Player, Crowley co-wrote the group's number one debut single, Baby Come Back. Crowley's songwriting earned him several BMI Million-aires Club and other distinguished writer/publisher awards. His trademark vocals, guitar, keyboard, and bass work helped earn the band two certified gold LPs, Player and Danger Zone.

After two albums with Player and tours with Eric Clapton, Kenny Loggins, and Heart, J. C. left the band and returned to his Texas roots with the critically acclaimed RCA Records release Beneath the Texas Moon in 1988. Crowley was joined by an A-list of musical luminaries that included Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, J.D. Souther, and Timothy B. Schmidt. Crowley was nominated Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music and performed on the awards show. He was also nominated Best New Act of the Year by Cashbox Magazine in 1989 and toured as Special Guest with Willie Nelson.

Crowley's publishing roster continues to grow alongside his album credits with recordings in the R&B, country, rock, and jazz genres by a diverse group of artists including Smokey Robinson, Johnny Cash, Jefferson Starship, the Little River Band, Tim Weisberg, the Oak Ridge Boys, Guy Clark, and many others. His music can be found in everything from Dodge truck commercials to Muzak to stage plays and feature films like Clint Eastwood’s Pink Cadillac, FM, Five Aces, Safe Men and others, as well as television shows such as Ed, The Simpsons, The Net, Saturday Night Live, NBC Nightly News, and many more.

In 1990, Crowley branched out into screenwriting, partnering with Alice Randall to develop a Nashville-based company, Black & White Pictures. The pair captured the interest of major studios and production companies, selling projects to Warner Brothers in a joint venture with Danny Glover and Quincy Jones and to Paramount Pictures. At his recording and post-production studio The Tree House, JC continues to expand his vision as a songwriter, musician and producer. He coached and recorded Kevin Costner at Capitol Studios for Universal’s For Love Of The Game and produced and performed on Steve Young’s Primal Young CD, a Billboard Critic’s Choice in 2001. Guest musicians included Van Dyke Parks, who had this to say in the liner notes for Young’s Japan release: “I got to play on this close-to-the-vest CD at the invitation of JC Crowley, (whose work I’ve long admired).”

JC also wrote the score for the independent film 97 Brooks in Los Angeles. He now lives in Topanga, California composing for film and television productions




 1.  Beneath the Texas Moon 
      (Crowley, Routh)
 2.  Beyond the Great Divide 
      (Crowley, Routh)  
 3.  Boxcar 109 (Leo, Stinson) 
 4.  Dirty Shoes (Leo, Stinson) 
 5.  Harder Than It Sounds 
      (Crowley, Silbar)
 6.  I Know What I've Got 
     (Crowley, Silbar)
 7.  Living for the Fire 
      (Crowley, Leo, Waldman)  
 8.  Paint the Town and Hang the Moon Tonight   
 9.  Right as Rain 
      (Crowley, Leo, Waldman) 
10.  Serenade (Crowley, Routh)


   Beneath The Texas Moon RCA    1988  
  Paint The Town And Hang The Moon Tonight  RCA   1988      
  I Know What I've Got  RCA   1988      

Boxcar 109 / Living For The Fire ‎

(7", Single)

RCA   1988