Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, John started writing songs while working as a house painter in Crested Butte, Colorado. A perfectionist at heart, he didn’t start performing them until he moved to Southern Mississippi, but he picked up a thing or two from songwriters he met out West and down South and eventually began recording demos of his own songs. He moved back to Baltimore in 2007 and started a band called JMB, which recorded two full-length award-winning albums and toured the Mid-Atlantic from New York to Virginia between 2008 and 2012.
Once again heeding the call of the road west, John picked up roots in 2013 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. He recently settled in the Bay Area where he recorded Halfway Home, his second EP of 2015. His songs reflect an understanding of change and loss, themes that have often resonated in John’s music, which aims to achieve a balance of story, melody and message.
Halfway Home is John’s 6th and most recent studio project since his 2009 debut, JMB, which was praised by Billboard, Relix, Glide, Big Takeover Magazine and others for its songwriting and musicianship. Honing a lyrically sophisticated folk-rock aesthetic that has come to define his sound, John draws from an Americana tradition he shares with artists like Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Gram Parsons, John Fogerty and Dr. John. His songs have played on non-com radio stations across the country and in Europe. They have also appeared on film and TV in the U.S. and abroad.
"Imagine Randy Newman singing songs written by John Fogerty and Dr. John."
-- Big Takeover Magazine
"A fun listen filled with crafty grooves and sharp musicianship."
-- Glide Magazine
"Mancini delivers lines that will make your girlfriends shiver."
-- Leeway's Home Grown Music Network