John Lockhart is a native Texan…born in Dallas and raised in Austin. He was raised in a musical family. Growing up, his mother, a classically trained pianist, performed as an accompanist, taught choir, and taught piano while his father played guitar and sang country music and jazz standards as a soloist and as a band leader. John gravitated toward the guitar and taught himself to play by listening to records. He played in various garage bands through high school. After graduating high school he attempted to put the guitar down to focus on his studies at the University of Texas where he majored in economics and graduated with a BBA in Liberal Arts. The attempt to put away the guitar was short-lived as he was introduced to other talented musicians and started his music career as a professional by playing fraternity parties on college campuses and night clubs on E. 6th St. in downtown Austin. His first professional band was a cover band called Supply and Demand which featured remakes of songs from the classic MTV era. He was exposed to a variety of styles but has made his mark in the country, rock, blues, and rhythm and blues genres.
In 1987, John co-founded a funk band called The Bizness that he played guitar in until 1990. The band was loaded with talent featuring Derrick Edmondson (saxophone, keyboards, and vocals) who went on to tour with Kenny Loggins, Jody Watley. Keith and Kenny Crouch, et al. Another Bizness alumnus was drummer Lino Reyes, Jr. from Rick James’ Stone City Band. Selton Cole, Jr. was the bassist who went on to tour with Eric Gales, Chris Thomas King, et al. Keyboardist Morris Haze went on to become the music director for Prince where he is still Prince’s right hand man. The Bizness played shows with Morris Day (The Time), Chick Korea, Kirk Whalum, and Kenny Loggins.
In 1990, John moved to Hollywood to study music and guitar theory at Guitar Institute of Technology. John graduated with honors and was one of three to graduate with vocational honors. He was invited to join the staff and teach after his graduation. While in L.A., John performed with artists such as Cher, Patty Austin, Carl Verheyen, Norman Brown, Steve Trovato, Keith Wyatt, Scott Henderson, Steve Farris ( Mr. Mister), Tim Pierce (Rick Springfield), and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan). In 1992, John moved back to Austin riding high on motivation from the west coast. He then started the hugely successful band Sweet Daddy Redd (R&B/Reggae). From there he joined forces with world class vocalist Lisa Tingle in the popular rock band Black Pearl. Black Pearl was signed to independent label Flashpoint records and released a single, Like A Rocket that was #49 on KLBJ FM’s top 100 songs of 1995. In 1998, John joined forces with Charlie Redd, Les Fisher, Phil Redmond and Selton Cole and formed the band Taboo (R&B/ Funk) and packed venues such as Pearl’s Oyster Bar and Top Of The Marc. From Taboo, John, Selton, and Les collaborated with singer Shawn Smith and started the modern rock band Chamber 36 and delivered two high energy records. Chamber 36 shared stages with the likes of Ludacris, The Arc Angels, Storyville, The Toadies, Seven Mary Three, Blue October, and Vallejo. Around 2003, John was hired into the Nashville Country Music scene with RCA recording artist, Tommy Shane Steiner, who’s single “What If She’s An Angel” reached #2 on Billboard’s country chart in 2002. John toured with Steiner’s band on the CMT’s Most Wanted Tour which featured Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Andy Griggs, Chris Cagle, and Darrell Worley. After the touring played out, John toured Texas with the country band, Texas Unlimited, co-wrote a record, and did shows with Pat Green, Kevin Fowler, Eli Young Band, Roger Creager, and Corey Morrow. The Texas Unlimited Band was also invited to play in the Houston Astrodome twice in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In 2007, John founded the rock cover band, Suede. Suede has been honored as one of the top cover bands in the state of Texas. Suede’s ongoing success has crossed state and international boundaries as they have performed at world-class venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Nokia Theater (L.A. Live), The Fox Theater in Atlanta, The Dodge Theater in Phoenix, and multiple popular venues throughout Canada.
Recently, John has partnered with the Austin Music Foundation to launch his country music singing career. He has been actively writing and producing new material and and his new EP, titled “Guilty Pleasure” is scheduled for release July 22, 2013 . As John continues to gain notoriety as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he aims to continuously grow his career with upcoming meetings and showcases in Nashville. Check out John’s new tunes on iTunes, Reverbnation, and SoundCloud.