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Judge for John Frank

Orlando, FL
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Portrait of John Frank
John Frank discovered the guitar in his senior year in high school. Lucky for him his first instrument, the tuba, just didn't work out; "I abandoned the instrument in lieu of getting my ass kicked by the cool kids." John continued to play music casually throughout college. It was here he first started experimenting with writing songs of his own. He began to play open mic nights around Orlando just for fun. He describes the experience as, "playing in front of mostly inebriated people who couldn’t have cared less if I was on stage or not."

After graduating with a degree in psychology, he began working as an adolescent drug counselor. It was around this time John started his first band. He is quick to admit that they were “quite possibly the worst band on the planet”. The band rehearsed for a year straight, only to play one show and break up. Not deterred, John decided to continue as a solo artist. In just a year's time he went from playing dive bars to some of the premier music venues in Orlando. John released his first EP "Anywhere But Here" in May 2006 and spent the next year and a half touring the east coast of the country. "It was by far one of the best experiences of my life, and I cannot wait to go out and do it again."

Following the tour, John went into the studio with acclaimed producer/engineer Keith Rose (Matchbox 20, Aerosmith) to record his sophomore EP "The Spaces Between". John describes the record as “my songs sounding the way I’ve always envisioned them, and then some”. The album was released in May 2008 to a sold out crowd; coming quite a long way from the open mic nights just a few years earlier. “It’s an amazing feeling when people sing-a-long with me at my shows, especially when I never expected some of the songs to make it out of my bedroom in the first place”.