“I remember writing my first song when I was 9 years old and preaching my first sermon when I was 10. A lot of life has been lived since then with all its highs and lows and places in between. I’ve seen some dreams come true, some pass by and some dreams I’ve never even thought of dreaming come to pass. I’ve always been drawn to purpose in my life and when my path has veered at times, purpose has always beckoned me to return and follow. I’ve been blessed to be a part of so many amazing things and have a story to share …as we ALL do. This site shares just a little of my story.” – John Mathis Jr.
It is really no surprise that John would pursue a creative outlet for expressing his life experiences through songwriting. His father, Country Johnny Mathis, was a successful singer and BMI Award Winning songwriter in his own right with cuts that ranged from artists like George Jones to Elvis Costello. His father had multiple Billboard Country chart singles, songs on many Billboard Country Charting Albums, and more than 10 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees have recorded his father’s music. This made songwriting and music publishing a natural transition and passion for John that led to his own successes in music.
As a music publisher and songwriter John has garnered cuts by The Legendary The Florida Boys & The Inspirations, The Crist Family, The Collingsworth Family, The Wilburns, The Pfeifers, Allison Speer, GRAMMY Winner Brad Davis, GRAMMY Winner & Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Charley Pride and many others. His publishing company (Avid Group Publishing/BMI) has had songs placed in documentaries and TV shows such as CBS’s ‘Young Sheldon’.
John’s life and music pursuits have given him over 20 years of experience in Christian Music. During his career John has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Triumphant Quartet, Palmetto State, Three Bridges, Allison Speer, The Ark Encounter resident artists, Steve Hess & Southern Salvation, TG Sheppard, GRAMMY Winner Brad Davis, T. Graham Brown, Trick Pony, John Berry and many others, including Spanish language releases with Denis Castillo. His experience has covered multiple areas of the music business, including songwriting and music publishing, radio promotion, publicity, A&R, audio/video production, distribution, digital management, artist consultation and record label management.
Some of John’s early years were spent working with labels such as Homeland Entertainment, label home at the time for such renowned Southern Gospel artists as The Cathedrals, The Speer Family, Hoppers, Bishops, The Florida Boys and others. After Homeland, through a joint business venture with Brian Speer (The Avid Group), John worked with clients such as Three Angels Broadcasting (the second largest Christian broadcasting network in the world) and the late Anthony Burger. John began working with Mansion Entertainment in 2009 in the areas of label management, music publishing, press & publicity, radio, music recording & production and video production.
John has also worked with creating televisions shows such as ‘Nashville Country Revival’ (hosted by Darrell Freeman) as seen on DAYSTAR, TNN, GEB TV, RURAL TV, LeSEA, Bluehighways TV and other national networks. Nashville Country Revival was one of the first TV shows in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel and Country Gospel genres exclusively featuring concept video content. He has also directed and produced artist concept videos airing on national platforms such as “Never Give The Devil A Ride” by Brad Davis (Daystar, Heartland and others) and “Crucified” by Crosby Lane (GAC TV and other national outlets).
His work with Mansion Entertainment has involved radio releases charting on national radio charts and albums appearing on Billboard Albums sales charts and placement in national retail outlets such as Cracker Barrel through distribution partnerships with Sony RED and The Orchard and now Syntax Creative.
Avid Group Publishing, John’s publishing company, holds copyrights recorded by legendary artists such as Johnny Paycheck, Carl Smith, Bobby Helms, Jim Lauderdale and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Charley Pride’s recent album, ‘Music In My Heart’ with creative placement of copyrights in film and television.
John contributed the monthly feature article, ‘Life In A Song’, for The Singing News magazine for almost 4 years, the nations’s largest Christian Music publication. He has written and released a book aimed at helping aspiring songwriters with their next steps, ‘The Songwriter’s Guide To Taking The Next Steps’. He is a husband to a wonderful wife, Angie, a father and a grand-father and a worship leader at his local church, Esperanza Church in Spring Hill, TN.
John is still writing songs, managing a record label, several publishing catalogs and always rooting for Christian Music to grow and succeed in new areas.
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“Recuerdo haber escrito mi primera canción cuando tenía 9 años y predicar mi primer sermón cuando tenía 10. He vivido mucha vida con bajos y altos y lugares intermedios. He visto que algunos sueños se hacen realidad, algunos pasan y algunos sueños que nunca pensé en soñar. Siempre me he sentido atraído por un propósito en mi vida y cuando mi camino se ha desviado a veces, el propósito siempre me ha llamado a regresar y seguir. He sido bendecido de ser parte de tantas cosas increíbles y tengo una historia que compartir … como TODOS lo hacemos. Este sitio comparte solo un poco de mi historia “.
No es una sorpresa que John busque una salida creativa para expresar sus experiencias de vida a través de la composición de canciones. Su padre, Country Johnny Mathis, fue un exitoso cantante y compositor galardonado con el BMI que tenía canciones grabadas por artistas como George Jones y Elvis Costello. Su padre tuvo múltiples sencillos en las listas de Billboard Country Charts (éxitos), canciones en muchos álbumes de listas de Billboard Country Albums, y 10 miembros del Salón de la Fama de la Música Country han grabado la música de su padre. Esto hizo que la composición y la publicación de música fueran una transición natural y una pasión por John que lo llevó a sus propios éxitos en la música.
Como editor de música y compositor, John tiene canciones grabadas por The Legendary The Florida Boys, The Inspirations, The Crist Family, The Collingsworth Family, Steve Hess & Southern Salvation (artistas residentes de Ark Encounter), Tonja Rose y Benjy Gaither, The Wilburns, Allison Speer, Sherry Anne (Los Mejores Exitos de BillBoard Magazine: ‘Sherry Anne LIVE! DVD), GRAMMY Winner Brad Davis, GRAMMY Winner & Lifetime Achievement Award recipiente Charley Pride y muchos otros.
A través de los años, John ha tenido el privilegio de trabajar con los mejores artistas de múltiples géneros en el negocio de música, Triumphant Quartet, Palmetto State, Three Bridges, Allison Speer, Steve Hess & Southern Salvation (artistas residentes del Ark Encounter), TG Sheppard, GRAMMY Winner Brad Davis, T. Graham Brown, Trick Pony, John Berry y muchos otros.
John continúa componiendo canciones, gestionando un sello discográfico, catálogos de editor músical y siempre animando a Christian Music para crecer y tener éxito en nuevas áreas.