John became interested in playing piano during high school. His father, David Burke, had been playing for many years, so he taught John the basics (scales, chords, etc.). John played sporadically for a few years, but things picked up once he enrolled in Oglethorpe University: he joined a band, practiced rigorously, and studied under a remarkable classical and jazz pianist, Dr. Brent Runnels.
After his first years in college, John was already busy with music. He co-founded an a capella ensemble, sang in the Oglethorpe choir, and accompanied voice students. During John's junior year, however, he stumbled upon the music of pianist George Winston and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. John then became inspired to write his own music.
In 2011, John composed his first album, Synesthesia, which achieved international praise in just a few months. In 2013, John composed his second album, Reverie, and premiered it at a solo concert in Atlanta, GA. Reverie was nominated for Album of the Year by SoloPiano.com. John's third album should be released in late 2014.
John was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, where he graduated from Oglethorpe University in Spanish and music. John works as a pianist for several churches, plays weddings and events, teaches lessons, and continues to write music.