Hometown: Harvard, IL
Sounds Like: John Mayer, Burt Bacharach, James Taylor, Elton John
John’s musical journey began early with piano lessons at age six and compositions for piano by twelve. His stories and craft gained momentum at some of the most well-respected music schools in the country including Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman, and Berklee College of Music.
John worked in Boston and New York for more than a decade, creating commercial music for clients like Reebok, CBS and Bloomberg. Versatile, adventurous, and curious, John has composed, recorded, performed and produced music for TV, radio and film. He has also performed in a variety of ensembles and disciplines, ranging from rock and jazz to experimental music. With deep roots in collaborative ventures, John has led workshops and participated in projects with poets, visual artists, and musicians.
In 2003, John relocated to the family farm to establish Starbell Hatchery, a recording studio and rehearsal space situated on an idyllic nature preserve in Harvard, Illinois, one hour northwest of Chicago.
John’s first solo album, 254, is a suite of songs emphasizing meaningful lyrics and hypnotic melodies. The smooth, dreamy vocals invite the listener to share in his musical journey through love, loss, faith, inspiration, and reflections on life. He is currently touring the country, performing "salon style" house concerts, which offer both performer and audience a relaxed and engaging musical experience that is rare. Building an intimate rapport with his audience, John draws upon the ancient traditions of music and storytelling.