In 1976 he joined a blues duo playing lead guitar for a singer/songwriter Roger Lewis and began to do occasional vocals. By 1978 John began to take singing seriously and playing lead guitar. This led to the formation of local band "The Immediate" based in Hayes, Middlesex, they played various University gigs and were well received around the London area. John then joined Reading based band "The Chain Gang," an Atlantic and Stax covers band as lead vocalist. They were very successful around London and Berkshire.
By 1985, he was with Alexis Korner protégé Regan Cairns band "Raw Deal" based initially in Leicester until moving south to Golders Green, North London. After recording at the Marquee in Soho, Ezee Hire in Kings Cross and Rooster2 studios in London with Gary Lyons and Damian Korner, he played among other venues, the Marquee in Wardour Street and the Greyhound in Fulham.
During 1986 Raw Deal were rehearsing next door to Bad Company at Ezee Hire studios when John met Simon Kirke who joined them for a "jam" this was a great occasion for John as he had admired FREE from the beginning of their career, shortly afterwards he had a phone call from Raw Deal's manager Hugh Stanley Clark saying he had had a call from the then Bad Co manager Phil Carsons asking if John was interested in Joining "Bad Company" as vocalist. Brian Howe was then their vocalist and apparently the band had some issues with him over performing their early material, so off he went to meet Mr Carsons for his interview, which was successful. "If Brian doesn't agree to do the old material" said Phil, John could come in the following week to rehearse as singer with Bad Company. He was anxious all that weekend but reluctantly, after Phil's meeting with Brian Howe, Brian agreed he would do the old material after all, I don't blame him either, said John
John believes there was also some connection between the "Jam" with Simon and his eventual meeting with Bernie Marsdens MGM.
MGM was formed out of Bernie Marsden, Mell Galley, Neil Murray and drummer John Marter, hence the name MGM John fronted them at the Reading Rock Festival in August 1987, also, in the meantime he was doing some writing with Guitarist Alan Ross ex of the RSO band "Ross" and popular session guitarist.
During the 90s John was writing with West London based singer/songwriter Paul Cope and playing gigs with London based Blues Trio "The Diving Ducks" featuring Paul Cope and Leigh Heggarty.
The past 10 years John has been busy with other things in his life and music took a back seat until recently, He is looking forward to new projects with friends & colleagues old and new.