John Sturdivant Jr. is the grandson of country music legends, Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright. Johnny, or 'Junior' as he is known to associates, started early in the music business. When he was five years old he played the role of a clown on his grandparent's television show which was taped in Nashville, TN at the WSM studio and in Houston, TX.
Growing up in this music-rich environment, Johnny was soon drawn to producing music of his own, and after learning to play guitar he spent summers touring with the Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright Family Show. Throughout this time John also attended many of their recording sessions with legendary producer Owen Bradley, and he listened and learned. He expanded his music studies to include other instruments and after graduation from high school, when the Family Show needed a drummer, John took over the position. Since these early beginnings, he has toured as drummer and sound engineer with numerous artists. Moreover, as a studio musician, engineer, producer and song writer, he has worked on top ten hits in the country and gospel music fields, has earned gold records, and his talents as musician, sound engineer, show producer, and audio visual technician have enabled him to work in all 50 States, all the Provinces of Canada, and England.
From 1981 through 1993, John toured and recorded as drummer with several bands including: Verlon Thompson, Marty Stuart, William Lee Golden & The Goldens, The Girls Next Door, Keith Stegall, and Kitty Wells & Johnny Wright. He also performed with such artists as Roy Acuff, Hank Thompson, Emmy Lou Harris, Pam Tillis, Buck Owens, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Nat Stuckey, and Wilfe Carter.
Television appearances include: "Nashville Now," "On Stage," "Hee Haw," "Wimbley Festival," "Grand Ole Opry," "Farm Aid," "Cheyenne Frontier Days," "Nashville Alive," "TNN Gospel Show," "Much Music Canada," "New Country," "This Country's Rockin'," "No Hats" - pay-per view, CBS's "A Day in the Life of Country Music," and "The Tommy Hunter Show."
In 1987, Johnny added the additional
duties of Studio Manager, Producer and Head Engineer for The
Junction Recording Studio to his busy touring schedule; eventually leading
to his decision to quit 'the road' in 1993 in order to devote full effort to
the studio. His responsibilities at The Junction have included installation
of the 24 track Studer tape machine with 32 channel mixing console and all outboard
gear, as well as ongoing studio maintenance and operations. The studio specializes
in master demos and custom albums. As Junction Studio Director, Johnny has worked
with many artists, writers and publishing companies, including: EMI, Polygram/Island,
Warner/Chappell, Brad Davis, Sony/Tree, Co-Heart, Suzy Ragsdale, Don Schlitz,
Keith Gatis, Tommy Hunter, wHITE wATER, Christafari, Bobby Randall, Dean Miller,
Shanon Brown, Judge
Parker, Michael Henderson and many others. John has worked with producers
Tony Brown, Richard Bennett, and Blake Chancey.
John along with Buddy Rush penned a musical project the "Slim Hollow Rock Opera"; a broad creative concept which is developed out of the music of the group, Uncle Slim, in which he plays guitar, sings, and writes much of the music. The "Slim Hollow Rock Opera" concept includes a movie, comic book, folklore book, and more. He is also an accomplished songwriter and has cuts in the Gospel and Country Music genres as well as National Jingles. His latest achievement as a song writer can be found on "Hometown News - Wheels", Austin Hicks' self titled CD, Tyler Shayne's upcoming debut CD, Co-writer on Junkyard Road's CD, and his latest music project, the Happy Goat Band. You can find more of his songs available for download exclusively at Sturdy Music.
John has also constantly
expanded his knowledge as an Audio Visual Technician, and he has vast experience
as a 'front of house' and monitor engineer for many artists and sound companies,as
well as consulted, designed, and installed audio systems.
From September 1997 to August 1999, John was a supervisor for Opryland Hotel Audio Visual Services. Responsibilities included : A/V equipment and labor going to all meeting rooms, ball rooms, and exhibit halls, as well as interfacing with clients and insuring their needs were met, and taking care of any problems. In addition, To maintaining house music, lighting, and other audio visual equipment throughout the hotel and corporate offices.
His experience in every aspect of the audio visual field has led to freelance technical positions as: Head Lighting Electrician of K-mart's annual managers meeting, Production Assistant for Cisco Systems, Break Out Coordinator for major corporate meetings, Video Director, Video Switcher Operator,Technical Director, Show Supervisor, Stage Manager, Camera Operator (with duties including climbing truss for focusing lights, running truss spot, and light rigging),and sales manager for Crewmasters Inc. This has led to the launch of Junction Entertainment an Entertainment Service company that supplies Entertainment and Production for Corporate Events, Fairs, Festivals, night clubs, casinos and special events. Services include: Booking Agent, Artist Management, Artist Development, Production Crews and Equipment, Laser Shows, and NASCAR Show Cars and Simulators.
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