I grew up in northern Illinois as the second of nine children (I have five sisters and three brothers). We had a family band when I was in high school and played oldies/classic country. Dad named it Scratch and Dent because he said, quite kindly, that our songs "had a lot of character." To this day, when I play covers I still pull numbers that our family used to play.

When I graduated from high school, I taught guitar lessons for a music store while taking classes at the local junior college. Soon I was looking to perform more regularly and joined the regionally acclaimed country band Back Country Roads as their lead guitar player. We toured throughout the midwest, and during my two years and 220 shows with them I made life-long friends and gained valuable live performance experience.

When I transferred to Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, to finish my undergraduate degree, I joined the Portland, OR, Christian rock band The Thirsting. I spent many of my weekends performing with them in CA, WA, and OR, and then we eventually did a bus tour of the USA, covering 35 states in four months.

With the encouragement of my good friend and mentor, Bob Rice, as I neared graduation, I decided to dream big and raised the funds to finance my first album through a Kickstarter campaign. It is now available for purchase and streaming.

Above all else, the event in my life that has inspired me to pursue my music career without reservation or excuse was the tragic passing of my brother Max on October 20, 2017. Max was my biggest fan and dear friend, and I know he's still rooting for me and helping me to achieve my dream in music.

I believe that by listening to my music you will learn a good amount about who I am, what I believe, where I come from, and who I love. But my greatest hope is that my music will allow you to step outside of yourself long enough to take in the life that is going on all around you. Life is too short to be anything but fully alive.

I hope to see y’all soon,

John Paul