John "Bannerman" Barron...
John Barron picked up the guitar at the age of 11 and has been playing since. Barron has been a reputable guitarist and singer-songwriter in Western Massachusetts and in Central N.C., for over three decades, releasing his first singles, "The Light" and "Butterfly" in 1976. Since the early 1990's, Barron has written and recorded four albums and is nearing completion of his fifth album, "The Greatest Commandment."
John "Bannerman" Barron has been an active music ministry leader for over 20 years. He has been a co-producer of the Great Awakening Festival in New England, and leader for several years of the March for Jesus in Northampton, Ma., and has founded his own independent Christian rock label, Love Light Records. John also manages The Upper Room Christian Ministries, Inc., a small non-profit charity organization, which hosted the "Upper Room Cafe for several years.
John also hosted the New England Christian Network radio program at WACE Radio in the Springfield, Ma. region, and later hosted and managed the Christian radio station, WLPV FM 107.9 , ." The Light of the Pioneer Valley," prior to moving to North Carolina with his wife, Johanne, in 2006.
The radio/podcast program Barron hosts, "Bannerman" (WLPV RADIO, jbannerman.com) is inspired by the character portrayed by singer/producer Steve Taylor in his tune called "Bannerman". John wants to lift up the banner of Jesus and hopes you will join him in the wonderful task.
John has endured a rare and painful combination of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Vasculitis. and his hands, feet and connective tissues have become crippled. In recent years he has had heart disease, and has had open-heart surgery in 2003, and again in July, 2011. Despite hardship and pain, John has dedicated his life to serving the Lord, and loves to do what he can to share the love of God with others. He considers it a miracle he has survived, and that his hands can still work enough to play the guitar.
At this time, John is a member of the worship team at Crosslink Community Church in Mebane, North Carolina. John also produces pod casts of Pastor Ken Tilley's powerful sermons, and produces the “Bannerman!!!” radio/podcast show. Please visit his website, jbannerman.com for inspiring “Bannerman!!!” podcasts and original music.
John is now producing his newest original musical production, "The Greatest Commandment." which includes music from his recent EP-CD, "Omnipresence" and many new tunes. It features original bluesy, jazz-rock tunes Selections, including, “In the Sky” and "The Greatest Commandment." His two daughters, Natania and Llana, along with his wife Johanne will be singing together on the newest recording. It should be available by the Christmas season, 2012.
At this date, in early April, 2012, John is remastering much of his music for sale on CD Baby, iTunes and a number of other CD distributors. "Route 121," and "A World of Plenty," will be available in April.
John lives with his wife (and childhood sweetheart) of 40 years, Johanne, who has also sung and recorded with him in many bands, in Mebane, NC.