John West Biography
John West was born on May 11, 1983 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. West discovered his talent for music while in high school, where he took classical guitar lessons for a year. His musical influences stem from listening to such artists such as Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Carole King, Jill Scott and Lenny Kravitz. After graduating in 2000, he headed to Los Angeles for college and the pursuit of a bigger passion: cartooning. West later transferred to Columbia College in Chicago as an English and art major. Upon graduating college, West moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on music. While recording music, West also worked as a substitute teacher. He began to perform on Third Street Promenade. After a couple of years word spread of West, and after being invited to New York City to showcase his musical talents with an acoustic performance for Mercury Records President, David Massey, West signed with Mercury/Island Def Jam in October 2010.
In 2011, West released his self-titled debut EP John West which includes his first single "Lovely", produced by Christian Rich, it features American rapper Pusha T. On September 1, 2011 West released the Mark Staubach-directed music video and on September 15, 2011 he released the video for "Loved You Tonight". John West premiered and released the cover art for his single "Already There" featuring Big Sean on November 10, 2011, the music video was released on VEVO four days later. Since being signed, West has worked with Brian Kennedy, The Smeezingtons, Kevin Rudolf, and the Stereotypes, among others.
West has been recognized by the LA Times and featured in USA Today as a 'pick of the week'.
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