​​AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS: Opened for John Legend, been chosen by Spin Magazine to play SXSW, been chosen to play NAMM, and was named Best Performance of the Year by the WestCoast Songwriters NW Chapter. ​​

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:   Rhythmic / soul / acoustic rock / hip-hop violinist, vocalist and guitar player, who frequently uses a looper to mix beats and vocal harmonies throughout his live shows.

SOUNDS LIKE:   Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson

YEARS ACTIVE:   2012 - present


LIVE SHOW DESCRIPTION: Upbeat, fun, energetic, unique, rhythmic.

​SHORT BIO: John began his musical journey studying classical violin at age four. At age 16, he found a nylon-string guitar in his parent's basement and taught himself to play by writing his own music. Throughout high school and college he performed as a solo violinist and in symphonies / string quartets, but did not start performing his original music until 2012.  From 2012-2015, he was the lead singer and guitarist in the rock / funk band, Commonly Courteous, and went on several tours with them throughout the Northwest United States. In 2015, he submitted to an online contest for original music, sponsored by Axe and Spin Magazine, and was chosen out of thousands to be mentored by John Legend and play SXSW. Due to the success of his live shows, he moved to Southern California to pursue his dreams. Although he has self-released and produced several albums to date, he is currently working on releasing his first major album. 

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