John Cavanagh  Glasgow, GB

John Cavanagh
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John Cavanagh

John Cavanagh

John Cavanagh's showreel

Highlights

John Cavanagh is a professional voice over artist and broadcaster with over 20 years experience in both fields.
In 2014, John Cavanagh's voice was heard by over 3 billion tv viewers worldwide, thanks to his role in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies as English Language Announcer. Of these performances, Greg Fox, Headline Talent Producer at FiveCurrents, said: "I cannot begin to tell you how appreciative we are of your performances, both in the protracted rehearsals and in the live event... And one things that stands out in your performance is that fact that after receiving the initial notes of what we were looking for from you, we did not give you a single note once rehearsal started, you simply understood exactly what we were looking for and delivered it spot-on, every time. I am truly looking forward to working with you again in the near future."

Although Scottish, Cavanagh does not have a strong regional accent and can mimic many different voices to produce different character and dialect styles in rapid succession. With a three octave vocal range for singing, John Cavanagh's voice is readily able to encompass a wide age range in speech terms: from young, lively adult with a hard-sell style to elderly sounding voice parts.

Cavanagh is one of the few people to have broadcast for all five BBC UK radio networks, including presenting heavy rock music on Radio One to opera on Radio Three, along with World Service/BBC International, BBC Radio Scotland and much more.

For 17 years, John Cavanagh worked as a BBC continuity announcer and newsreader. His television voice-over work includes 14 seasons as the voice of the Classified Football Results on BBC1 tv in Scotland, which led to a collaboration with Turner Prize nominee Simon Patterson for the Tate Modern Gallery in London.

With an ability to mimic different voices, Cavanagh has performed in his own one-man stage show, where he interviewed imaginary guests, swapping from his own voice to theirs as questions and answers were exchanged. These performances ranged from female voice (Delia Derbyshire, creator of the original Doctor Who theme) to a strong Dundonian Scottish accent.

Other voices Cavanagh can handle easily range from accurately mimicking dj's such as John Peel and Alan Freeman to camp-voiced British stars like Kenneth Williams and the darker horror movie styles of Christopher Lee and John Hurt.

The first voice over John Cavanagh recorded was for a Sony Records tv campaign back in 1991, advertising a punk compilation cd album called Sound of the Suburbs. Since them his voice over and narration work has ranged from hard edged tv and radio commercials to narrating documentaries on sensitive subjects such as war and even the work of a mortuary service.

In between these extremes lie a wealth of projects including audiobook narrations, corporate videos, computer games character voices, trailers for tv & radio, awards ceremonies and stage presentations including introducing Bon Jovi at Wembley Stadium and Metallica from the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donnington.

John Cavanagh's other work includes making music, both solo under the name Phosphene and as part of the duo Electroscope, producing albums by the likes of Rab Noakes, Lol Coxhill, Family Elan, Trembling Bells and many more to writing a book on Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd and the emergent counterculture of 1960s London.

In the past, Cavanagh ran an antique shop; in the present he continues his broadcast and voice-over work, whilst enjoying hosting public events and discussions with the likes of Andrew Loog Oldham, Barry Miles, Jenny Fabian, Joe Boyd etc. and conducting discussions with film directors at events in the Glasgow Film Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Languages

English, English (Scottish)

Accents

Scottish

Ages

Middle Aged, Senior, Young Adult

Special Skills

Audiobooks, Business, Cartoons, Documentaries, Educational, Internet, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames

Experience

John Cavanagh offers more than two decades experience as a professional radio presenter, voice over artist, writer, musician and record producer, stage performer.

Broadcast work commenced with BBC Scotland in 1989. Worked for Radio Clyde in 1990. Returned to BBC for the launch Radio Five in August '90 and have freelanced across a vast range of the Corporation's services since, including Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5 Live, World Service, Radio International, BBC1 tv, BBC 2 tv, BBC Radio Scotland etc.
Commercial voice overs commenced in 1991 with work for Sony Records. Corporate work began shortly after that.

Credentials

Education

Here are some comments on John Cavanagh's work from clients who have booked him here at Voices.com.

"John is a great actor who is concerned about giving the best results he can. Nothing but great marks to give this guy." Posted by: Brad Bower Sep 11, 2012

"very professionnal, very enthousiastic, excellent quality result. A pleasure to work with John" Posted by: Franck Debane Aug 17, 2012

"To describe what I think about what John did with the prose that I presented him is beyond my capability to give it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so very much more than I could have ever expected. Thank you John, you have a gift that is unbelievable with your voice and the talent to use it in such a soft, delicate and soulful manner. I can see working together with you in future!" Posted by: Michael Hendrickson Jun 27, 2012

"John completed recording our narration is record time and was willing to accomodate our less than realistic deadline. Much appreciated! The recording was excellent. We look forward to working with John on the next project." Posted by: Mahad Ibrahim May 08, 2012

" What a pro! I won't use anybody else for this work. :)" Posted by: Daniel Morrison Mar 02, 2012

" It was a pleasure to work with John. Great communications, quick turnaround, and his performance was just as I'd hoped when our video project was first being planned. Highly recommended!" Posted by: Kenny Hannah Nov 18, 2011

" Top-notch, professional quality and quick delivery." Posted by: Svein Berge Mar 19, 2011

Studio

  • Microphone

    Neumann U87 mic with MOTU M8 interface into Pro-Tools.

  • Computer & Software

    Macintosh i-Mac

  • Special Equipment

    Pro-Tools, Skype

  • Delivery Methods

    File upload via sendspace or dropbox in .wav, .aiff, .mp3 etc or cd by post.

  • Turnaround Time

    Within 24 hours, depending on the project

Service Description

John Cavanagh has presented radio shows for the BBC since 1990, working across all five U.K. networks (and playing everything from heavy rock on Radio One to opera on Radio Three!), plus BBC Radio Scotland, World Service/Radio International etc.
I've worked as a commercial voice-over artist since 1991 and have also appeared as the voice of an installation piece at the Tate Modern, narrated tv & film documentaries and introduced live music events - from Bon Jovi at Wembley Stadium to the Islay Jazz Festival in Scotland's Western Isles.
Aside from broadcast work, I make music under the name Phosphene, I've written a book about the early days of Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd, which I narrated for the Audible.com audio library in 2009. I produce records and, in 2009, took part in my first stage show, a one-man performance as part of Glasgow's Arches Live festival.

Testimonials

It was a pleasure to work with John. Great communications, quick turnaround, and his performance was just as I'd hoped when our video project was first being planned. Highly recommended!

Kenny Hannah, SQMC, Dunfermline, Fife, United Kingdom

Top-notch, professional quality and quick delivery.

Svein Berge, Harpex Limited

What a pro! I won't use anybody else for this work. :)

Daniel Morrison, San Francisco, for Tarnished book narration

John completed recording our narration is record time and was willing to accomodate our less than realistic deadline. Much appreciated! The recording was excellent. We look forward to working with John on the next project.

Mahad Ibrahim, Gobee Group, Bellevue, Washington

To describe what I think about what John did with the prose that I presented him is beyond my capability to give it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so very much more than I could have ever expected. Thank you John, you have a gift that is unbelievable with your voice and the talent to use it in such a soft, delicate and soulful manner. I can see working together with you in future!

Michael Hendrickson

very professional, very enthusiastic, excellent quality result. A pleasure to work with John

(For i-pad app story-reading project)

Franck Debane

Voice Over Clients

Voices.com clients:
Kenny Hannah, Dunfermline, Fife, United Kingdom
Svein Berge, Harpex Limited
Mahad Ibrahim, Gobee Group, Bellevue, Washington
Daniel Morrison, San Francisco

Voice-over clients across time include BBC network television and radio, Sony Records, Mercury Telecommunications, Visit Scotland (Scotland's National tourism organisation), SMG/Scottish Media Group, Philtre Films, Red Facilities, News International, plus many commercial voice overs and corporate film voice overs which I can't think of now across more than two decades!

Payment Terms

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    From Benny Goldman To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #195371) Excellent Job. As my client said "a winner"!
    Aug 16, 2016
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    Aug 12, 2016
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    Aug 3, 2016
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    Jul 27, 2016
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    Jul 1, 2016
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    From Emily Campbell To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #178084) John was awesome to work with! Great job.
    Jun 16, 2016
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    Jun 7, 2016
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    From Leonard Hospidor To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #187783) Perfect every time!
    May 31, 2016
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    May 31, 2016
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    From Jamal Al-Asmi To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #170489) Wonderful read. Great responsiveness. Calm and collect.
    Mar 5, 2016
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    From Atul Shankar To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #163521)
    Dec 9, 2015
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    From Marko Koks To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #161701) John is superfast. Got my Voice Over on the same day and he has a really superb voice, which suits to many projects.
    Oct 27, 2015
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    From JT Waresak To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #157192) John surpassed our expectations with his exemplary service and professionalism. He delivered a top-notch product that met our voice needs while hitting all deadlines.
    Sep 29, 2015
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    From Michael Di Lullo To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #157378) Client was incredibly pleased with you work. Great job!!!
    Sep 25, 2015
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    From Kenneth Nielson To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #153681) Wonderful Work All the Way!
    Aug 28, 2015
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    From Dale Dupuis To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #151573) Excellent work John! the client wanted me to say thank you for your fine work!
    Aug 24, 2015
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    From Jeremy Shuback To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #152288) John was incredible.

    I handed him a script filled not only with words in a different language, but also quite a few places where I was hoping for emotional resonance, no easy feat. On all accounts, he not only made it sound incredible, he also made it feel like it was coming from the heart and the most natural thing for him to say.

    To boot, he turned it all around in a couple of days, including a few pick ups. I'm looking forward to hopefully working with him again.
    Aug 13, 2015
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    From Alison Goldsmith To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #146965) Thank you for being so prompt and for doing both the MP3 and WAV versions. By the time I got to your email you had sent the second one!

    Jun 29, 2015
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    From Keri Hayter To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #146614) Great work John, thanks for making this project a breeze!
    Jun 22, 2015
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    From Ricky Wood To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #144141) Great service. Client is very happy with John's voice.
    Jun 16, 2015
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    From Kert Gartner To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #143160) Super fast and prompt! Nailed the VO on the first try :D
    Jun 3, 2015
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    From Tonda Ros To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #142651) John brought my writing to life and created a dynamic and depth to the piece that I had not even hoped to achieve!

    Fantastic actor and a godsend for this project.
    Jun 3, 2015
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    From Lisi Hentz To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #142313) Great job!
    May 14, 2015
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    From Michael Di Lullo To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #136742) Great work!
    Mar 27, 2015
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    From Aaron Smith To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #126736) John was quick to communicate, despite the ocean between us. He was agreeable and easy to work with...and he has a fantastic voice!
    Jan 30, 2015
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    From THIBAUT DEHEM To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #120733) Acting was great, really natural and very good tone but lots of secondary noise on the recording (mouth sounds)
    Jan 14, 2015
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    From Stephanie Dickson To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #125280) John is fantastic to work with, we have never had a bad experience!
    Jan 9, 2015
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    From Sara Williamson To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #123366) Great work John - thank you!
    Nov 18, 2014
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    Nov 10, 2014
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    From Kimberley Mcarthur To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #118957) John was a pleasure to work with and had a tremendous range of delivery! Our client was absolutely thrilled - I would welcome the opportunity to work with him again.
    Oct 28, 2014
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    From Tatyana Sentyakova To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #115249) Wonderful voice and acting! Great talent! Thank you!
    Oct 8, 2014
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    Sep 12, 2014
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    From Rob Mundy To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #113559) Excellent work!! Fast turn around and high quality files!! True perfection!!
    Aug 14, 2014
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    From Kim Buttery To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #114129) John was very professional and easy to work with, and we were pleased with the end product.
    Aug 6, 2014
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    Aug 1, 2014
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    From Josh Ralya To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #110154) John is the best! Quick, responsive, coachable and very talented. Gave us a couple reads and that is all we needed! Highlight recommended A+++
    Jul 31, 2014
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    From Ricky Wood To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #113691) Great job. Very quick turnaround and a good selection of takes. Pleasure to deal with!
    Jul 30, 2014
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    Jun 18, 2014
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    From Santi González-Barros To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #109256) ¡It's been lovely to work with John!
    Jun 16, 2014
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    From Samuel Hogerton To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #108134) Got the stamp of approval from the client last week John. Thanks so much for the great work. Will keep you top of mind if any additional work comes up.

    Thanks again and talk soon!
    -Sam
    Jun 15, 2014
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    From Ryan Garry To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #108513)
    Jun 3, 2014
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    From Stephanie Dickson To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #104305) Superb voice work!
    May 21, 2014
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    May 12, 2014
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    From Alex Storm To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #103876) Pleasure working with John! Has a great understanding of character and brings it in his voice performance. Thorough professional and really fast to work with. Absolutely recommend to others.

    -Alex
    Apr 17, 2014
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    From Leonard Hospidor To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #101848) A top-notch voice actor easy to work with
    Apr 17, 2014
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    From matt krane To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #103485) Did an outstanding job with the direction we were looking for. Delivered fast and executed with no questions asked!
    Apr 12, 2014
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    Apr 7, 2014
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    From Tim Pelgrim To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #87489) John did an excellent Job for us, he was very helpful and responded quickly.
    Nov 28, 2013
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    Oct 31, 2013
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    From Lev Maximovsky To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #88866) Very responsive, professional and accommodating, 5 stars!
    Oct 24, 2013
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    From Lev Maximovsky To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #88311) Responsive and competent! Thank you.
    Oct 18, 2013
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    From Per Sørensen To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #85806) Hi John

    Thanks for a great job. Still waiting for the feedback from the customer. That can only be small changes.
    Sep 26, 2013
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    From Ruslan Efimov To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #84166) Working with John is great! The voiceovers are just what we need, and the turnaround time is incredible.
    Thank, John!
    Aug 26, 2013
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    From Salomon Albert To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #82635) Excellent work, and great attention to detail. Thank you John!
    Aug 25, 2013
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    From Tatyana Sentyakova To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #82478) Excellent talent! It was a pleasure to work with John!
    Aug 12, 2013
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    From Brian Arabsky To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #82240) A true professional that has been a pleasure to work with. Even with time zone complications he always had the voice-over ready earlier than I expected. You won't go wrong with John.
    Jul 29, 2013
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    From Michael Bast To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #81679) Mr. John Cavanagh did an incredible job and nailed the voice we were looking for, would hire him again in an instant.
    Jul 19, 2013
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    From Jeremy Eichler To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #76008) John had extra lines out in 5 minutes! Amazing turn around time! A true professional!

    I look forward to working together again!
    May 9, 2013
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    From Ruslan Efimov To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #75262) It is always a pleasure to work with John. Very professional and quick to deliver files.
    Apr 15, 2013
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    From Christian Mogensen To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #72685) It is always a pleasure to work with John. He is professionel, he works fast and he has a fantastic voice. I will recommend John anytime.
    Mar 9, 2013
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    From RJ Balch To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #70646) Professional, flexible and very talented. John was a pleasure to work with.
    Mar 3, 2013
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    From Andreas Brixen To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #70391) John truly is a professional voice artist and I can't wait to work with him again.
    Feb 7, 2013
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    From Matt Rutherford To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #66259) Great voice, helped us with a last minute job.
    Nov 22, 2012
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    From Frostburn Studios To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #66645) John understands the character he is set out to voice and he sounds like he got lots of fun doing them. Quick and professional actor. Recommended.
    Nov 16, 2012
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    From karen duffin To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #65788) Wonderful voice, so easy to work with (turnaround time was often within an hour!), personally invested in the success of my project, and was able to modulate his voice over enough to give us several different options to choose from.

    I would absolutely work with John again!
    Nov 12, 2012
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    From Frostburn Studios To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #65822) John brought the scottish dwarf to life with his gritty and wonderful voice. Recommended to all!
    Nov 6, 2012
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    From Frostburn Studios To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #65282) John brings a great voice and quality to the character presented to him, a thrill to work with!
    Oct 24, 2012
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    From Frostburn Studios To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #62573) John is a great actor who is concerned about giving the best results he can. Nothing but great marks to give this guy.
    Sep 11, 2012
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    Aug 28, 2012
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    From Franck Debane To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #58404) very professionnal, very enthousiastic, excellent quality result. A pleasure to work with John
    Aug 17, 2012
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    From Jennifer Howe To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #58313)
    Jul 3, 2012
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    From Michael Hendrickson To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #58504) To describe what I think about what John did with the prose that I presented him is beyond my capability to give it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so very much more than I could have ever expected. Thank you John, you have a gift that is unbelievable with your voice and the talent to use it in such a soft, delicate and soulful manner. I can see working together with you in future!

    Thank you John,
    Michael Hendrickson
    Jun 27, 2012
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    From Mahad Ibrahim To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #55610) John completed recording our narration is record time and was willing to accomodate our less than realistic deadline. Much appreciated! The recording was excellent. We look forward to working with John on the next project.
    May 8, 2012
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    From Daniel Morrison To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #50578) What a pro! I won't use anybody else for this work. :)
    Mar 2, 2012
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    From Kenny Hannah To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #45844) It was a pleasure to work with John. Great communications, quick turnaround, and his performance was just as I'd hoped when our video project was first being planned. Highly recommended!
    Nov 19, 2011
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    From Svein Berge To John Cavanagh (Re: Job #33441) Top-notch, professional quality and quick delivery.
    Mar 19, 2011