John William Carlson is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Holly Springs, North Carolina. He grew up in the deep woods of northern Minnesota. His father, Harlan, was a multi-instrumentalist and local musician. As a child, John would watch his father’s band rehearse in the kitchen. As he grew, he learned to sit in with them and, as his dad would say, “find a part”. His mother is a literary writer of poetry and short stories. Adeline’s very first short story ‘Sweet Dreams Mrs. Jones’ was published nationally – a rare accomplishment. At an early age, John began to combine the influences of his father’s music and his mother’s love of words.,
Musically, John William Carlson roams a lot of ranges from Americana, Folk, Country and Gospel to gritty slide blues. In John’s mind, ‘All music is good music to me.’ When writing original music, John says, ‘It just depends on the song. Ultimately, the song picks what it wants and needs to be’.
John’s friend Pierce Pettis, who wrote Garth Brooks’ hit ‘You Move Me’, says of Carlson’s writing, ‘John Carlson writes songs with warmth and intelligence…a rare combination these days’.
In December 2013, John was awarded 1st Place in the American Songwriter Magazine and Gibson USA lyric competition. He was also featured in the January/February 2014 edition ‘Legends’ issue of American Songwriter Magazine.
John has worked with Grammy winning songwriter Phil Madeira (Emmy Lou Harris, Civil Wars) at his Mercyland Songwriting Workshops.
Grammy nominated, Nashville songwriter, Steve Hindalong (co-writer of God of Wonders) featured John’s song, ‘Runaway Jimmie’ in his celebrated songwriting seminar, ‘Drop a Feather In The River’.
As an accomplished songwriter and guitarist, John has also proven his merit as a Producer. Carlson recently produced the lullaby album, ‘What A Busy Day’ and wrote the title track – learn more about this project.
John constantly sharpens his songwriting craft by collaborating with many artists including award winning, international songwriter Dean Batstone.
When not recording or writing, you’ll find John honing his guitar skills (acoustic, electric and mandolin). He enjoys sitting in with many artists and musicians including former Nashville musician and mandolin player Tom Teachout, American Idol Front Row Mentor and Rock & Roll veteran, Bud Moffett, soulful R&B singer Thom Crumpton and Bo Diddly’s protégé Mysti Mayhem.
Currently, John is working on his new album with producer/engineer Steve Raetz of Bunkersound Productions.