Keyboards, Lead Vocals
John Young (birthday 31 May) is a British progressive rock keyboardist and singer from Liverpool. John spent his early years with the Liverpool Cathedral Choir where he was classically trained on the keyboard and voice. He mainly played in semi-pro jazz rock bands until the mid-1980s, his first major break coming in 1985 when he auditioned and became part of Uli Jon Roth’s band (ex-Scorpions). After the World Tour, John spent his time doing studio and session work with artists as diverse as Steeleye Span and Bon Jovi. John went on to play with the MTV band in London, during which time he met John Wetton who asked him to join Asia for two European tours. Shortly after , he joined Paul Rodgers and Kenny Jones in a short-lived band called The Law, and they played one show at The National Bowl in Milton Keynes with Bryan Adams and ZZ Top.
John joined Bonnie Tyler in the mid-1990s and has since worked with her all over the world. In 2001, he joined the Scorpions for a world tour to promote their Acoustica album. In the same year he was co-writing the Fish album Fellini Days with John Wesley and also appearing on the resulting live album Fellini Nights. John has also worked as part of the regenerated Greenslade, appearing on the albums Large Afternoon and Live 2001.
In 2002, John formed his own band and released albums Life Underground and Significance. The John Young Band continue to play and have a fairly fluid line-up depending on the availability of its various members.
John has worked with Jon Anderson of Yes, and the first product of that union saw Jon touring Europe and playing the song ‘Sooner (Than Later),’ a track co-written with John. His most recent work has seen him as keyboard player with The Strawbs on their Canada / UK tour in November / December 2010 alongside Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk and Tony Fernandez.
Although things have been relatively quiet on the John Young Band front, a limited number of gigs have already taken place during 2013 with more in the near future. In the meantime work continues on a new John Young Band album and is likely to include several tracks first played during recent gigs. The new album is hoped to be released sometime in 2013.
Just to ensure that the pressure was never off, John has also completed many albums of instrumental music, the latest being Financial Meltdown, a semi-classical album in the vein of Political Agenda and Scientific Breakthrough. Music from these albums varies from semi-classical to jazz and ambient to world, and is often heard on TV programmes such as CNN’s coverage of the war in Iraq, the BBC programme Coast, The Jay Leno Show and the Obama election campaign!