John started writing songs while working as a house painter in Crested Butte, Colorado and began performing regularly when he moved to Southern Mississippi in 2004. Moving back to his hometown of Baltimore, MD, in 2007, he started JMB, recorded two full-length award-winning albums and toured the Mid-Atlantic from New York to Virginia until 2012.
Following the call of the road west, John picked up roots in 2013 and moved to California to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. He recently settled in the Bay Area where he recorded Halfway Home, his second EP of 2015. The new songs, with themes of change and loss, go after a balance of story, melody and message. Halfway Home is John’s 6th studio project since his 2009 debut, which was praised by Billboard, Relix, Glide, Big Takeover Magazine and others for its songwriting and musicianship.
Honing a lyrical folk-rock aesthetic that has come to define his sound, John draws from an Americana tradition shared by 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