John King

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Biography: 

A man of versatility and flair

He was a fresh young face armed with an exceptional voice and original point of view when he hit the Barbados calypso scene in 1982. But that was merely a jump off point. With his versatility and distinctive style John King fast emerged as one of the Caribbean’s most imaginative and proficient artistes.

John’s approach to music, from his work ethic and stage persona to his compositions and rhythmic styles, cannot be assigned to any given musical format. His wealth of original music ranges from thought-provoking calypso and up-tempo soca to dreamy reggae and funky pop. He uses his gift of voice and perfect pitch to the fullest and steps ‘outside of the box’ to advance beyond the confines of any musical formula.

John’s unwavering professionalism and attention to detail both on and off the stage ensure his live performances deliver the epitome of grace and style, which garners him the respect of international and regional peers as well as his audiences, who always come away feeling they experienced a well-presented, first class performance.

This entertainer mixes effortlessly with virtually any international name and he has shared the stage with country icons Skeeter Davis and Kenny Rogers, R & B legends including The Drifters, Freddie Jackson and Ben E. King and rock names like Air Supply, as well as reggae legends Third World, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond and just about every soca star alive.

John’s major break away from calypso came in 1992 when he stormed the Barbados and Caribbean Song Festivals with first place wins. Among his many awards, he captured two Calypso Monarch titles, and after expanding beyond calypso, he gained top singer, top band and top artiste awards among many others. In 1991 John joined popular nightclub band, Sygnacha, then went on to become ‘front man’ for the renowned band, Spice & Co., whose original music played around the world. Then, in 1996 in an effort to strive for a higher level of professionalism in performing his own original music, John launched the group, Jegna. In 1998 John furthered his versatility when he accepted the lead role with the famed Holder’s Season live opera production “Yarico”, which also appeared on video globally.

John has matured into a seasoned, prolific song writer and lyricist who composes for many artistes and bands in the region. To date, John has released more than 11 solo albums and enjoyed featured slots both as a vocalist and composer on many recordings by noted regional artistes.

John also lends his talent to corporations by creating jingles, songs and promotional campaigns, and his original work has been used in major advertising thrusts. One of his biggest calypso hits, “Jump & Wave”, was featured in a special advertising promotion by the North American phone company, AT&T.

John focuses on major music festivals and concerts where he introduces audiences to his unique fusion of Caribbean music with contemporary styles like R & B, jazz and ballads. And now John is challenging himself again at a time when the music industry is so heavily formula-oriented, with his effort to revive spouge, an indigenous Barbadian music style that originated in the 1960s.