In 1974 after several years as a successful secular artist, John experienced a series of life-changing events that would transform his career, his family, and ultimately his heart. Since then, he has traveled across America and abroad to bring his songs and his story wherever he is invited. In this "decade of evangelism" it is John's hope that the young and the old, the rich and the poor will discover for themselves, perhaps for the first time, the tender mercy of the God who made us all.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, John's musical beginnings were in rock and roll, blues and acoustic performances. As a young man he was inspired by the texture and tone of legendary singer Andy Williams. Years later it was Joni Mitchell's expressive vocals, melodies, and poetic imagery that encouraged his early songwriting.
During the early 1970's some of John's work was featured on an album for Columbia Records, notably his cover version of Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire" and John's original composition "Take a Lesson from the Children." He opened concerts for Livingston Taylor and Dave Van Ronk and later for gospel artists including Dion DiMucci, Phil Driscoll, and Kathy Troccoli.
Following a rather dramatic conversion experience in 1974, John responded to an inner sense, a "vocation," which resulted in his leaving a promising career in the contemporary music industry and devoting his life and talents to communicating the message of the Gospel, the love and mercy of God. He now knew this unconditional love for himself and passionately wanted to share it with others. What began as a small gathering of friends for song and prayer after Saturday evening Mass flourished into a weekly coffeehouse. For six years people from all over New England filled the church hall as John performed his music and spoke of the love of Christ. He received invitations from area churches and so began the life's work of this "troubadour for the Lord."
For nearly thirty years, John has brought this message to thousands through his live performances, television and radio shows and his recordings. A member of the Catholic Association of Musicians, he has been a feature artist on EWTN's "Say Yes", Vision New England Men's Conference, and National Catholic Charismatic Conferences. At the invitation of Bishop Ambrose Griffiths of the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese, England, John and his family left the USA in 1993 for two years to work in the diocese there and beyond. While in Great Britain he performed at the Youth 2000 Prayer Festivals, the Greenbelt Festival and the BBC's "Sunday" program.
John's performances, whether in a church, concert hall or coffeehouse setting, are evenings of song, prayer, and witness. His presentations include parish missions, sacred concert ministry, renewal conferences, retreats and healing services.