John Vento Releases Personal Tribute To People With Debilitating Conditions

Chart-topping Pittsburgh musician and co-founder of non-profit Band Together Pittsburgh, John Vento has released his latest single and video, “Highwire.”

Sand running through the bulbs of an hourglass

“Vento does an excellent job of delivering a powerful and impressive vocal… Bravo Vento!” –

By releasing a single per month for the next year, Pittsburgh music veteran John Vento is building his latest album, “Brick By Brick,” literally, one step at a time. However, for his latest single and video, “Highwire” (out December 1st, 2020, MTS Records) Vento has found inspiration in those struggling to take the next physical step.

“Without a doubt, “Highwire” is the most personal and meaningful song that I have ever recorded,” says John Vento. “Over the past few years multiple people have come into my life that deal with debilitating diseases such as MS, Parkinson’s, and Muscular Dystrophy. Tasks that seem so mundane to many of us are a daily struggle for these folks, like trying to keep your balance on a ‘highwire.”

He continues, “Yet somehow they maintain their courage to forge ahead and become an inspiration to so many. This song tries to capture the perspective of someone like me, that has a close up view, yet has no idea what it is like to be in their shoes. The line, ‘We both hurt but you own the pain’, says it all. I collaborated with lyricist Bert Lauble and multi-instrumentalist/producer David Granati to help me bring this song to life. We purposely created an arrangement that projects anguish, with frantic changes to reflect the emotional roller coaster of people with serious challenges. I am hopeful we captured the authenticity of the message with both the recording and the video (Created and produced by Jim Pitulski).”

Watch the video for “Highwire” at

ABOUT JOHN VENTO: John Vento also fronts The Nied’s Hotel Band, voted Pittsburgh’s Best Bar Band in 2016. Through his performances, he has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for charity. John is a Communitas Award Winner for his work as co-founder of Band Together Pittsburgh. His leadership, generosity and work ethic are well known throughout the Pittsburgh music scene. John is a #1 international iTunes charting artist, a Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist and a 2019 International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner. He has appeared on Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC TV. For more information, please visit

HIGHWIRE (Vento/Lauble/Granati)

It’s a long damn wait but you sit up straight
To hear the news that’s not so great
Then you close your eyes
When they say, we’ll have to see

If we can brew a remedy
Your hope just dies
A long thin line, living life
On a highwire

Wizards ponder your disease
There’s blood to let and charts to read
On a highwire

We both hurt but you own the pain
Cold calculation runs through your veins
Machine heart beats
The sands of time, are so unkind
On a highwire

The state of mind is so resigned
On a highwire

Well I would be as brave as you
A balance bar to help you through
To the other side
Hold on to me and don’t look down

FAITH will be our common ground
YOU Walk through fire
Live your life
On a highwire

YOU Walk though fire
Live your life
On a highwire
On a highwire
On a highwire