Secondhand Serenade is the name of John Vesely's primarily solo musical project. It follows in the tradition of John Ondrasik'sFive for Fighting. Vesely's first recordings as Secondhand Serenade consisted of simply his solo acoustic guitar and vocals. However, more recent work includes the presence of a full band.
The name Secondhand Serenade is an autobiographical one. According to John Vesely most of his songs are originally sung to his wife as serenades. Music fans hear them only secondhand. Hence the name Secondhand Serenade.
John Vesely's Early Career:
John Vesely is the son of a Czech immigrant who spent more than 20 years as a professional jazz musician. He began his musical career as a journeyman bass player in the San Francisco Bay area. After meeting his wife, Vesely switched to the acoustic guitar and began writing songs. In an interview with Zero Mag, he said his future wife wanted him to play her a song and "serenading her with a bass guitar was out of the question."