John is a Liverpool born singer songwriter. Previously with bands The Persuaders & Come in Tokio, who have supported Elvis Costello, The Beat, Echo and The Bunnymen. He has done 5 BBC Radio 1 sessions (including 3 John Peel sessions).
Returning to music in 2014 he was a Joint Audience Winner in the 2014 Liverpool Songwriters Challenge and a finalist in 2015. He has released several singles in the last couple of years and his debut solo album “Trains” to favourable reviews.
He is currently working on the follow up album “Window Shopping in Nashville” which will be due out September 2017. He was also responsible for writing the Charity Single “Someday We’ll See Better Days” which features 19 of Liverpool finest singers including Ian Prowse, Robert Vincent, Jo Bywater, Paul Dunbar, and Maria Silker.
This was recently performed at the New Brighton Floral Hall” by a choir and musicians as part of the “All You Need is Love” Peace Concert He has made several TV & Radio appearances and his songs have be played on numerous radio stations around the UK.
John plays solo and with his band “John Jenkins and the James Street Band” in all the Liverpool Acoustic venues, including the Smithdown Road Festival in May 2017, the prestigious 2016 Folk Festival “Folk on the Dock” in 2016. He supported “Robert Vincent” in December 2016 (Bob Harris’s emerging American artist of the year award winner).
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Former The Persuaders and Come in Tokio songwriter John Jenkins releases his second solo record
Peel-session veteran has spent 2017 recording double album ‘Window Shopping In Nashville’ with top session players
Scouse singer/songwriter John Jenkins has a story to tell. But, then, so do his songs.
Previously with bands The Persuaders and Come in Tokio, Jenkins has supported the likes Elvis Costello and Echo & The Bunnymen, whilst he appeared on half a dozen or so BBC Radio 1 sessions back in the day – including three sessions for the legendary John Peel.
John went underground in the nineties and noughties, self-releasing music whenever the mood took him, but he returned to the front line in 2014 when he won an award at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriter’s Challenge. Since then, he’s not looked back.
A regular on Liverpool’s all-encompassing acoustic/folk scene, Jenkins has also put together the ever-evolving James Street Band to help bring his evocative music to life for festivals and bigger gigs – one being November 24th 2017 at Studio 2, Parr Street, for the big launch of ‘Window Shopping In Nashville’ – the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed ‘Trains’.
The 21-track album features songs laden with memorable hooks, pithy couplets and brilliant musicianship. Top session players Jon Lawton (Guitars, Production), Scott Poley (Pedal Steel, Dobro, Banjo), Chris Howard (Keyboards) and Scott Whitley (Bass), Megan-Louise, Camilla Alice Sky, Vanessa Murray (Backing Vocals) all contribute their considerable talents and Jenkins has crafted an album of finely polished gems.
Stand-outs include the single ‘Silhouettes’,
‘The Unopened Letter’ and ‘Too Much Drinking On A Sunday‘.
‘Window Shopping In Nashville’ is an album to put on your ‘want’ list this winter
“Window Shopping in Nashville is an absolutely magnificent release of emotion. Excellent stuff from first to last! “
“This project is jam-packed with stories and melodies and musical beauty. You’ll wonder about the world, you’ll wonder about your own journey, and you’ll wonder who Louise is. More than worth a download.”
Liverpool Sound and Vision
“Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10. Epic that truly hits home and stays, never wavering, never fading”