Official Music Video
Recording Information and Credits
Title: What the World Needs Now
Artists: Matt Johnson, Shortcut Sunny
Composer: Burt F. Bacharach
Lyricist: Hal David
Arranged, Recorded and Mixed:
~ Matt Johnson @ Dolce & Nuit Productions, and
~ Shortcut Sunny @ January 18 Studios.
~ Brian Lipski at The SoundLAB
~ Shortcut Sunny, vocals
~ Matt Johnson, piano
~ Andrew Toy, drums/percussion
~ Christopher Brown, acoustic bass
Release Date: July 15, 2022
Album Review: What the World Needs Now
Matt Johnson, Shortcut Sunny
2022 / Dolce & Nuit Productions
Review by Kathy Parsons/www.MainlyPiano.com
Brothers Matt Johnson and Shortcut Sunny have created a brand new arrangement of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic from 1965, "What the World Needs Now." Matt did the arranging and plays the piano while Shortcut Sunny provides soulful vocals. Joining the duo are Andrew Toy on drums and percussion and Christopher Brown on acoustic bass.
Matt Johnson's music is usually difficult to put into one specific genre, and this arrangement is no exception. Something of a hybrid of jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop, it will appeal to a very broad audience. Bacharach/David created dozens of great songs that have aged really well over the decades, and this updated version of "What the World Needs Now" could be referred to as "Feel Good Music for 2022 (and Beyond)."
The companion "Official Music Video" features a montage of symbols of love and peace, which adds an even deeper meaning to this beautiful song.
The cover artwork rotated the colors of the Ukrainian flag as a reference to this turbulent time in history, and included heart and peace symbols to signify our need for love and peace.
Matt described the single as, "…love, peace and a smile all rolled up together in a timeless song of hope." I couldn't agree more!
"What the World Needs Now" is available as a free download on Matt's site and is also available from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes and streaming sites such as Spotify. The music video is available on YouTube, as well as on Matt's site.
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VTContar - Social Media Blogger
"Great classic rendition of a classic song. Soulful lead vocals totally had me hooked. Dynamic live kit drumming backbone grooves. Tender melody lines. Rolling keys. Great playing. Feels like it's own thing. The flow of the track feels fresh. You've made it your own…and I appreciate the artistry here!"
Music on the Moon - Spotify
"The sound of this song pours like pure water. I would describe this song in terms of brevity and tenderness, and I really liked the timbre of the vocals, specifically that confident vibe in his sound."
Daria Ra - Spotify
"Your song, "What the World Needs Now" is a beautiful work. I have loved your expressive voice, which together with an organic and excellent instrumental accompaniment, is capable of transporting the listener to captivating musical atmosphere."
Peaceful Notes - Spotify
"The song sounds extremely smooth, elegant and mellow. The male vocals are absolutely fantastic and such a perfect fit for the song. The instrumental is extremely well created.”
Listen to Global - Spotify
"Wow, the vocals are stunning! The voice is so melodic, tasty and profound. It immediately attracts attention. I also like the instrumentals - masterful and colorful. The track has an amazing jazzy vibe. It’s a great cover you made.”
Natiii - Spotify
"The change in melodies is quite tasteful, and its instrumental arrangement is accomplished and engaging. It's got a bit of jazz vibe going on which the vocals complemented well.”
Renforshort - Spotify
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Pep Garcia - Spotify
"I really like the warm and very soft flow of the song, especially because of the buttery smooth vocals and the atmospheric piano. All in all a very cool track…”
Picky Magazine - Blogger
"Incredibly beautiful keyboard playing that complements the vocals beautifully. And the vocals are something, the voice is insanely beautiful. The song has a fresh flow and cool instrumental lines"
Anton Panasiuk - Spotify
"This is wonderful! The instrumentals are mesmerizing and the vocal performance is splendid.”
Heartbeat - YouTube Channel
“This is a fab track, a classic sound with stunning vocals and proficient and creative instrumentation. It’s a more full band, swing, jazzy vibe…”
Zoe Konez - Spotify
"What a great job you did with this song! I really love that jazzy/alternative instrumental you produced with the catchy piano melody! It fits great your voice, I have to tell you that the whole vibe of the song reminds me to Michael Bublé music!”
Pablo Garma - Spotify
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Andreas Grannes - Spotify
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SLNB - Spotify
"I love the message of the song! So important. Great vocals and production! You are super talented. I really like the song. ❤️"
Luisa Gaffga - Spotify
“…a beautiful song with interesting rhythmic instrumental lines. Everything sounds very beautiful and harmonious. You have a beautiful gentle voice and I like your interesting emotional delivery.”
Oleksandr Haidysh - Spotify
"A nice solid interpretation of this all timer with some old school warm jazzy vibes. Tight production and a pretty vocal with a soulful touch.”
We All Want Someone To Shout For - Blogger
"Quality keyboards accompanied by light drums. Cool brutal vocals. And overall the song is very well put together and sounds cool."
Max Panasiuk - Spotify
"I liked the chill soothing instrumental line and the mellow vocals here, cool smooth development and balanced sound…"
Mmur Music - Spotify
"Beautiful tune! I liked the gentle vocals, and the track sounds great…”
Natalia Do - Spotify
"I really feel this one is a nice tune and well produced and mixed…"
Vanitas - Spotify
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Monster Hits Music - Spotify
"This is a stunning and very different take on the classic…quite grand and splashy…”
Jeremy Lim - Spotify
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Loudness - Blogger
“Really liked the piano arrangement, it complemented the vocals really well. Amazing job on the vocal performance…”
The Skadoosh - Spotify
"Great Burt Bacharach song, such a classic. The change in rhythmic groove is cool. Vocals and whole band sound great."
Somos Grandes - Blogger
“Good and unique interpretation of ‘What the World Needs Now.’” Lovely piano, soulful vocals, we like the feel good sound & the positive vibe.”
The Sound Of - Spotify
"This is a very good composition! It's a captivating tune, it's permeated with beautiful and sonorous melodic hooks. The vocalist has a very strong and melodic voice, he hooks the listener with his charisma. The soulful and beautiful melody complements the vocals well. I enjoyed listening to your song…”
Inna Varenichenko - Spotify
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Edd Music - Spotify
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Daniel With the Balance - Spotify
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Visual Atelier 8 - Blogger
"Really smooth vocal performance and a cool piano accompaniment which gives off a nice sense of nostalgia!”
The Lowdown Magazine - Publication
"A great track. The vibe is unique and creative. The vocals are lively and enjoyable.”
Sinusoidal Music - Spotify
“Appreciated the arrangement of the keys here, and I thought the track had a cool experimental feel to it packed with texture.”
City Random - YouTube Channel
“Very interesting sound. I really liked the vocal performance, the tone of your voice is amazing. Loved the lyrics as well.”
Lazy Frenzy - Spotify
"I must start with the melody, cause it’s hypnotizing. Masterful instrumental lines created a very rich and colorful sound. The melody is interesting to follow. The voice also attracts attention, as it is very sensual and melodic.”
Natasha Koskovetska - Spotify
"I liked the instrumental part, how it blends in with the piano. You have very cool and gentle vocals. You have a great way of conveying emotion.”
Shepelyan - Spotify
"I think the timbre of the main voice is really interesting and the arrangement is good!”
Sunset Mode Music - Spotify
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Pompey Music - Spotify
“The production and mixing sound flawless…”
Wowbombie - Spotify
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Tonic Grain - Blogger
"Beautiful musicianship and vocals here. Clearly talent showcased on this classic song."
Matthew V Music - Spotify
"The vocal is really good, really nice piano, the percussions are great also very good bass line…”
Moonsound - Spotify
"I like the jazzy vibes here, super smooth vocals and piano, match well together.”
The Daily Dose - YouTube Channel
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CLOUT - Blogger
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Sahara Rose - Spotify
“One of my favorite tracks!"
Thrive by Pao - Spotify
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Inner Peace - Spotify
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Global Money World - Blogger
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Stranger Things with Subtitles - YouTube Channel
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I See Red - Spotify
"The vocals are great…I love the feelings you put in the singing.”
Cakes & Eclairs - YouTube Channel