Bio: John Rhodes
Singer and pianist, John Rhodes, blends Country, Honky-tonk, R & B, Gospel, and Rock and Roll into his playing and writing styles.
He is a captivating performer who has been compared to Jerry Lee Lewis and lauded by country music legend Ronnie Milsap. Born on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia in the early eighties, John quickly learned the value of hard work. His father was a preacher, and the church became a second home for John. He was always fascinated by music and began piano lessons at age four. By age fifteen, he was playing to live audiences across the United States.
As a teenager, John had already developed an excellent ear for music and began to write his own material. John’s first gig was with the Canaanland Boys, a gospel quartet from Jacksonville, Florida. At seventeen, he joined the Toney Brothers, another gospel group based in Hendersonville, Tennessee. By the time John was nineteen; he had earned his chops on the road and joined the Stamps Quartet, Elvis’s backup group during the 1970’s. He continued with the Stamps until a family member’s illness called him back to Georgia, where he remained until moving to Nashville in January 2005.
John’s musical influences are varied as his range, reflecting his diverse background. He cites Ronnie Milsap, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Charlie Rich, among others as influences.
As John explains, “I love to entertain; I grew up listening to all the greats, watching them play, and hoping one day I would be on stage, in front of an audience, making them feel what I feel.”
When John is not playing music, he is an avid outdoorsman. He is an accomplished whitetail deer hunter and looks forward to the opening day of bow season each year. Also, John enjoys fishing, especially on the Buck Creek, in Georgia.
The future holds endless possibilities for John. His ultimate goal as an entertainer is to be able to reach any audience, any demographic, and to blend his influences into music that lets people experience his talent.
According to country music legend Ronnie Milsap, “John is truly talented, an amazing pianist and singer; he is one of a kind.”