“Tobacco fields, worn out bikes, and ponies that just want run”. That’s a line from a song John wrote called Where I come from. Kernersville NC is the place he’s speaking about. The simple life, hard work, and the old-time way comes natural to John! Going fishing and building tree house’s were common place in his boyhood and after the chores were done he’d make a mad dash for the guitar or banjo and spend hours playing and writing songs.
In 1989 John was offered a job in Nashville TN playing banjo at Opryland USA. What was supposed to be a summer job, turned out to be the start of an exciting and successful career in the music business! After moving to Nashville, Music publisher Buzz Arledge took interest in John’s talent and published many of his songs. John’s song Walk on the Rocks has sold over 3 million on country music star Alan Jackson’s CD “Everything I Love”. Some other groups who have recorded John’s songs are Legacy Five ( Gospel) The Little River Band (pop) and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (Bluegrass). John’s musical career has spanned over 20 years and has landed him on the stages of the Grand Ole Opry, Busch-Gardens The General Jackson, Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, to name a few!.
John’s love for music is obvious! His life on stage and off is a picture of distinct priorities with his faith coming first. He has spent over a year on the foreign mission field and continues to be actively involved in local and foreign missions. John is a gifted and compelling teacher who studies God’s word daily. His passion and convictions are obvious and clearly reflected in his life and music.
John’s hearts desire is to use his talent to communicate the life changing message of Jesus. He has recorded and released six Christian CD’s, plays a variety of musical instruments and is the worship leader at First Wesleyan Nashville Tn. He calls himself a “musicianary”. John travels worldwide to do worship/concerts and evangelism events.