John was born in England, and migrated to Sydney, Australia with his family whilst very young. A big-voiced singer who grew up with a penchant for soulful blues-rock a la Paul Rodgers and Frankie Miller, John also sites influences as diverse as B.B.King, Otis Redding, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.
John is a natural and committed vocalist who started out with northern Sydney band ‘The River Rats’ – 1984-1987 – followed by ‘Black Label’ – 1988-1995 – and ‘Mudcrab Soup’ – 1995-1997. It was with Mudcrab Soup that John was booked to open the show for Mal Eastick and his Band in December 1996
Mal was immediately taken and asked John to sing with him on his forthcoming tour. John became the vocalist in Mal’s band in March 1997, and a great musical combination was born.