Saint John’s music career has gone from busking in the streets for bus money to playing large theaters and recording with Peter Buck of R.E.M., and he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Saint John was born in Victoria, BC, Canada. He started his music career by performing in the streets of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, England, etc, drawing crowds ranging in size from zero (character building) to dozens (which drew the local police). He later made his home in Venice Beach CA, amongst the hippies, poets, the homeless, gangs, and the modern beatniks and gypsies, to write and self-produce his first two records, ‘Halo’ and ‘Mercy’.
Both ‘Halo’ and ‘Mercy’ were released and shared on the internet all around the world, creating tens of thousands of new fans and finding their way deeply into people’s lives, from first dates to funerals. Online music magazines found and acclaimed the records, and fans shared the music with their friends.
His band, Saint John and the Revelations, then played numerous shows along the west coast of America, from Southern California (Hotel Café, Genghis Cohen, The Galaxy Theatre, etc) to the Pacific Northwest (Triple Door Theater, Nectar), and opened for many acts, including Colin Hay (Men At Work), Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, VAST, Tom Morello (RATM, The Nightwatchman) and many others.
Saint John recently started recording some new songs with Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (R.E.M., KMFDM, Ministry), and Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., Baseball Project) and produced by Paul Fox (10,000 Maniacs, Ziggy Marley, Wallflowers, Bjork).
Saint John currently lives in Seattle and has started playing shows in the Pacific Northwest with his new live band, including: Phil Hirschi (from John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra) on cello, Benjamin Rud – drums, BJ Skoff – bass, and Eric ‘Hobbs’ Habermeier – guitar. Their show schedule can be found here: