John started writing his own songs at 15 on guitar. He started playing live a few years later, mainly playing bass in all kinds of alt-rock bands.
Eventually he formed a post punk band called 'Clox', singing lead and playing bass, in the eighties. Their first single 'Looking The Part' was played on the John Peel, Pete Powell and Kid Jensen shows on Radio One.
Also in the eighties John formed rock band 'The Love Bombs', did several East German tours just prior to the Berlin wall coming down. That band performed about 6 nights every week for 2 years! Again Cox played bass.
He later sung and played lead guitar in a Prince influenced funk band called 'Partyman', then bass in blues combo 'Muddy Eric', then bass in soul band 'The Soul Agents', then keyboards in 'Cool Drink', sung lead and played lead guitar in 'Ram' and also released a single 'Anti Social' as co-writer/co-producer/instrumentalist in the band 'Unstable'. Anti Social got to number 6 in the national student playlist charts.
John then played bass for 8 years in top Blondie tribute band 'Heart of Glass' - often playing to audiences of 5,000!
As well as working as a solo artist, Cox is one half of 'Urban Rain' (previously known as Queenan Cox) along with Hull bassist, guitarist, singer songwriter Rosie Que! And John has also produced 2 albums for Val Marshall - who has had Radio 2 airplay, and in December 2009 played a live Radio 2 Bob Harris session in Val's band, on guitar and backing vocals. He has also produced an EP and album for Hull singer songwriter Emma Fee which has received national airplay on the BBC Introducing network and BBC6. And has produced recordings for Doug Peters, Derek Waudby, The Crooked Weather,The Happy Endings, Elwhaeko, Rivers Johansson. Signs Of Home & Mr Sneaks UK!
John currently has 4 albums available - 'New Moon' (2008), 'Fragmented' (2011), 'Woogie Boogie' (2013), 'Time Bomb Heart' (2014) and a 4 song EP 'Silhouette' (2012). For more info about radio airplay local and national please check out the album notes on each release.