John, born in Oklahoma City, began drumming at an early age in various school bands - marching, concert, and jazz band. He formed his first rock band at age 13. "I used to love playing along to my favorite Kiss and Van Halen records with the stereo cranked! But the first time I actually played with a couple of friends who had guitars...I was seduced for life."
By the age of 16, John was performing in bars, school musicals and at church functions. "I wasn't even old enough to be in the bars we were playing. During band breaks, the bar owners would make me stand outside the club." Primarily self-taught, John honed his skills with hours of practice and years of intense touring on the road.
In 1992, John joined a band based out of Norman, Oklahoma called The Nixons. They were signed to MCA Records in 1994. The bands first album, FOMA, featured their Top 40 hit "Sister". They toured an average of 300 shows a year, opening for bands like Soul Asylum, Radiohead, and KISS. The Nixons reunited in 2017 and played a series of sold out shows.
In October 2003, after extensive auditions, John was selected to fill the drum seat for Seether. John has been touring and recording with Seether for 17 years. Seether has amassed twenty Top 5 singles, three platinum records and numerous gold albums. John and the band have relentlessly toured, averaging over 120 performances a year. Crisscrossing the globe, they have headlined and shared the stage with some of the worlds biggest bands including Metallica, Audioslave and Black Sabbath. John has also been featured in Modern Drummer and Drumhead magazines.