JOHN LAFAVE is a Songwriter/Artist/Author living in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the Founder/Owner of Stage Coup Records and Media. And YES, IT'S TRUE, John and RIGHT REVEREND JOHN are one in the same. The "right reverend" part is a tongue-in-cheek pen and stage name John has used at various times to various ends. At one time, many years ago he did serve as an Ordained Minister, founding GMA a Third World Non-Profit doing relief work to several countries in the late-Eighties/early-Nineties. But, though John has retired from "the ministry" he still has a hard time burying this "right reverend" dude. Plus ... Right Reverend John likes to Rock (what are you gonna do?)
"My earliest musical roots were formed listening to Motown, singing and playing Beatle-tunes ... soaking up everything I could along with the other nuts in our group of Michigan wanna-be's. I did time as Lead Vocalist / Guitarist in a band called "AUGGIE'S 69th STREET FUNK." We garnered regional success in the Detroit area - late Sixties, early Seventies ... great group of musicians. Lead Guitarist, a Caucasian guy named David Gibbons was one of the best players I'd met at the time, stirring up images of Clapton, Hendrix and Stevie Ray. Our drummer, Alan Ryles was cousin to the original drummer of the Parliament / Funkadelics. He had done cuts on a few of their earliest albums. Bassist Robert (the quiet) Jeeter, was quickly and accurately christened "Bobbin' Robert". He too was fantastically funky. 69th Street's racial and ethnic mix made for a great rhythmic experience ... a funky psychedelic, jam-band groove.
I also did a three year stint in another Michigan group -"A Third Race". These guys - Randy Chandler, Jim Hulseman and Steve Moore (each great songwriters in their own right) were the best. The final line-up was completed with the addition of percussionist John Karpslis. In my opinion, this band was ahead of its time. We each enjoyed our experience in that line-up and remain friends to this day.
In the early Nineties I spent five years as Founder / Director of a Third World non-profit organization Global Mission Alliance (GMA). I had the privilege of traveling and teaching in many dire and needy locations in Guatemala, Jamaica and Haiti ... it left its impact. We also did relief work in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria, Africa. These were very informative years as they relate to my current performing and writing - a social and spiritually conscious message is important to me."