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John Milton Wesley / Bio

John Milton Wesley is a self-taught musician and a trained vocalist. He began his career in the Mississippi delta before moving to Jackson, MS. There he met and worked with a budding group of young singers and song writers in a little studio in an old service station that eventually became Malaco Studios. What a unique group they were. Included was, the legendary Tommie Tate (for whom Wesley wrote “Something’s Gotta' Give” in 1966). Tate and Wesley attended Jim Hill High School and lived on Pearl Street a few doors from the Summers Hotel later made famous in the documentary “The Last Jukes"” where many of Mississippi’s Blues legends played. Tate got Wesley his first professional job in music singing background for Malaco artists. They included, Dorothy Moore formerly of The Tonettes (“Lullaby of Love”) and later became famous for “Misty Blue”, and “I Believe You.” Wesley brought along to his first session, his friend and Jim Hill High School classmate (guitarist, and keyboard player) Isaiah Sanders. He (Sanders) would later spend his early years on keyboards with The Emotions, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson on many of their award winning albums. In fact it was Sanders who molded what Wesley had learned on his grandma’s piano in the Ruleville, MS, where he was born. Wesley credits Sanders with helping shape his signature sound.

Wesley’s soulful sound has been likened to Maxwell, Lionel Richie, Kim, Johnny Mathis, Michael McDonald, and his friend and idol Jerry Butler He writes and arranges all of his own music. His is original music inspired by love, and survival delivered across Wesley’s wide vocal range displayed on a bed of Jazz, R&B, “Old School Soul,” Afro-Cuban, Classical Jazz, and Latin sounds. His words celebrate women, reflects an unyielding faith and every song is a short story set to music.

General Info

Band Members
John MIlton Wesley-Keyboard, & programming, Dave Baker, percussion
Artist Name
John Milton Wesley
Home Page
R&B/Soul / Smooth Jazz / Alternative

Contact Info

Columbia, MD
Gladys Inman