John Splithoff **All Ages Matinee**
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 1:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Emboldened by soul-pop power, dynamic delivery, robust production, and airtight song-craft, the Chicago-born and New York-based artist John Splithoff sparks an enthusiastic reaction from a rapidly growing fan base. “I want people to actually feel good physically when they listen to what I’m doing,” he smiles. “These songs have a strong sense of optimism and a real warmth to them. For me, it’s all about sharing that feeling.”
In hindsight, he seemed predestined to do so. Childhood basketball games with his big brother would be soundtracked by unpredictable mixtapes that shuffled from Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” to Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” Inspired by this R&B undercurrent and a Beatles obsession inherited from his old man, he traded sports for music during high school. After studying jazz and songwriting at University of Miami, John headed New York City and posted up on his best friend’s couch in Harlem, penning innumerable ideas on guitar, piano, and bass and recording early demos.“
I moved to New York without a plan,” he admits. “I really didn’t know where I was headed, but I just kept writing and there was one riff I couldn’t stop humming.
Said riff comprised the backbone for his independent breakthrough single “Sing to You.” Driven by a hypnotic owl, breezy guitar, and an unbreakable bounce, the track generated a staggering 38 million streams and occupied coveted real estate on noted Spotify playlists and in the fall of 2019, reached the top 10 at Adult Radio. The simmering duet “Show Me” [feat. Madison Ryann Ward] maintained this hot streak with over 25 million streams as he inked a deal with East West Records. Meanwhile, he landed features from Billboard, Okayplayer, and more.
Boasting these early fan favorites as well as five other jams, his 2018 debut EP Make It Happen merges message and melody seamlessly now.“
The title Make It Happen is a reminder to myself not to focus on the destination, but to enjoy the journey with those around me,” he goes on. “It’s a pep talk to myself and anybody else willing to listen.”
With touring on deck and recent festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and more, Make It Happen ultimately represents something of a mantra for John.
“It’s a mindset,” he leaves off. Those words Make It Happen hold a lot of meaning. I hope my songs spread optimism and encourage people to be better versions of themselves. That’s what music does for me.”
Baltimore-Based Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist, Grayson Moon, has been honing his musical talents since childhood when he began singing at age 5 and songwriting at age 10. He classically trained as a singer and actor from middle school through college and later branched out as a songwriter and recording artist during his years of study at Shenandoah Conservatory. Combining original music with self arranged covers, he creates a new dialogue between the listener's expectations and his own musical influences. His nuanced arrangements of timeless classics are complemented by his eclectic guitar style and soulful vocals. He’s become an artist to watch, having played the vast majority of Baltimore area venues to great reviews from management and clientele alike, facing an increased demand in bookings, press attention, a rising social media following and growing fans of his original and cover recordings and live performances. Grayson Moon is available for private and public events and can provide Solo, Duo, Trio, and full band experiences.