John Maison
John Maison

Country/rocker John Maison is one of those rare people who strives for everything and settles for nothing in all aspects of his life. His ambitious nature and innate talent are undeniable but it’s his can’t-hold-me-back attitude that has enabled his music career to soar to new heights and as luck would have it, it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down anytime soon.

Growing up in southeast Michigan with his parents and older sister, John’s love of music can be traced back to his boyhood days sitting shotgun while he went to work with his father. “My dad was a self-employed plumber...long rides in the work van meant listening to a lot of radio.” A lot of country and rock radio specifically.

It wasn’t until high school, though, that John took his first active participation in the world of music by joining his school choir and learning to play guitar. An admitted slacker in his younger years, John went on to college after school, earning a Finance degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from Walsh College.

Throughout college and graduate school, John may have put music on the back burner but he never turned the stove off. When he wasn’t compiling finance records or learning the best
places to invest a 401K, he was busy writing songs and working on his music. “Every time I wrote a song, I’d put it in one of those big, old Coca-Cola piggy bank bottles. I told myself once it was full, I would pick my best songs and record them.” Apparently John’s finance degree taught him not only how to save money, but also how to come away from college with a stash of “cash”—or in his case, a stand-out collection of songs. So despite his impressive educational background, John’s musical aptitude couldn’t be suppressed any longer and as his talents grew, so did his goals. With his skills on the six-string down pat, he started performing in front of friends and family, followed by some small-time gigs which only served to further his desire to pursue music professionally. The innovative skills and imagination that carried him through his childhood and beyond pushed John to perform at a higher level and he wasn’t going to let anything come between him and his thirst for the stage. In 2008, John was featured on GAC Television which opened many doors for the budding singer-songwriter. Not only was he able to receive air play on several large radio stations throughout Michigan, but the experience also led to performances alongside several notable names in country music including Uncle Kracker, Easton Corbin, Phil Vassar, Eric Church, Jake Owen and Frankie Ballard to name a few.

When John isn’t busy writing and performing these days, he likes to unwind with his tight-knit family and close group of friends, who he credits with teaching him the value of hard work. And work hard he does. His most recent labor of love comes in the form of his debut single, Fast Enough, a foot-tapping country tune that combines a catchy chorus with a sweet sentiment. Next up on the list of goals for this all-American Renaissance man is completing his first album, which he plans to release in early 2012, becoming a staple on the radio and touring full time. And with his go-get-‘em outlook, his career is in full speed ahead.