John DeYoung

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John DeYoung John DeYoung has been writing, recording and performing music nearly all of his life. He started playing the ukulele when he was a young boy, graduating to the acoustic guitar at about 12 years old. As an adolescent he sang in choirs and ensemble groups at church and in high school, began playing electric guitar and played folk & rock music for various functions. Strongly influenced by the folk and rock bands of the ’60s, John began writing music & lyrics. “The Americans”, “The Midnight Snack”, “Poppy”, “The Dots” and “The Coolers” are just a few of the numerous rock/pop/folk groups of which John has been a member. Throughout his career he has played a variety of styles of music in venues from small intimate clubs and private functions to concert stages. “The Dots” was an ’80s new wave rock group in which John was a writer, singer, guitar and keyboard player. Their many performances included popular L.A. clubs such as Madam Wongs, FM Station, The Troubadour, and many more. They also opened for John Hiatt and “Missing Persons” at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Shortly after producing their second album, “The Dots” broke up. John continued writing and recording his music. From ‘96 to the present, John has shared concert stages with the likes of Maria Mckee, Marc Cohn, Arlo Guthrie, David Lindley, Jesse Colin Young, and others. In 1997 John completed his first solo album entitled “Envisage” for which he played all the parts, sang all the vocals and recorded & engineered it himself. In January of 1999, John re-connected with old friend, guitarist, Chris Smith. They began recording more of John’s songs, and soon with the addition of percussionist, Andrew Diaz Jr. “Naked Hearts” was formed. They completed the first “Naked Hearts” album in 2000 and their 2nd album "Goin' To The Top" in 2005. The albums “Envisage”, “Naked Hearts” and Naked Hearts 2nd album “Goin To The Top“ are available at CDbaby, itunes and many other music download sites. Check out the links on this site. In 2005 John wrote the music for a play called "The Great Election" by John Stark. The production ran in the fall of 2008 at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. John performed the music live for the production with Heather Rae Letvinchuck. Check out the link to John Stark Productions on the links page. John continues to write music and record it in his studio.