Saint John’s music career has gone from hitchhiking and performing in the streets of Europe to opening shows for national touring acts and recording with Peter Buck of R.E.M. Throughout 2014-2016, he performed over 700 shows around the Pacific Northwest, released an EP, had some songs played on local radio stations, was selected to endorse Reunion Blues music gear and the Mackie Freeplay PA, featured in Performer Magazine, has a beer named after one of his songs (Kumbaya Supernova IPA!), and isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Saint John was born in Victoria, BC, Canada and moved with his family to California as a child. After graduating high school, he hitchhiked throughout Europe and started his music adventures by performing in the streets of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Italy, England, etc, drawing crowds ranging in size from zero (character building) to dozens (which drew the local police). He then 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 albums were well-acclaimed and he formed a band, Saint John and the Revelations, and took the music on the road. performing relentlessly along the west coast of America from Southern California (Hotel Cafe, Galaxy Theatre, House Of Blues, etc) to the Pacific Northwest (Triple Door, Nectar Lounge, Hard Rock Cafe, etc). Saint John has opened for many national and international acts, including Joseph Arthur, Colin Hay (Men At Work), Tom Morello (RATM, The Nightwatchman), Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, VAST, and many others, and has also performed in many festivals, including Venice Beach Music Festival, Venicestock, Seattle Acoustic Festival, and Brodienation.
Saint John recently released an EP, ‘Welcome’, with some of his songs recorded with Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Bill Rieflin (R.E.M., KMFDM, Ministry, King Crimson), and Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., Fresh Young Fellows, Minus 5), and produced by Paul Fox (10,000 Maniacs, Wallflowers, Semisonic, Bjork).
He now lives in Seattle and performs 3-7 nights per week throughout the Pacific Northwest. He also very often performs accompanied by Phil Hirschi (Mahavishnu Orchestra) on cello, and with a full band.
Phil Hirschi- cellist, previously of Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin
Abby London – keyboards, sews parachutes
Oliver Dye – drummer, from New Zealand, sails boats
Mary Ann Miller – second vocal, Washington state native, brilliant cook
Cory Cavazos – bass, cello, plays Dungeons & Dragons
“The two times I’ve been lucky enough to catch him live, I was captivated by the sound, the complexity of ideas and the appeal of what he’s created with a guitar and a cello.” -Seattle Wave Radio
“Outside of his tight studio music, Saint John and his band are staples in the Seattle live music scene, with Saint John performing anywhere from three to seven nights a week, always drawing a crowd that’s drunk off his music and the certain atmosphere that comes from seeing him live.”-Northwest Music Scene
For the Seattle intrepid:
Saint John also performs at the only dive-lounge remaining in Seattle, Bernard’s on Seneca, for happy hour every Wednesday. 5-7, super cheap booze, 21+. Very eclectic and quirky set of music, and random science news.