John Pedersen was born in the suburbs of Chicago, IL in 1960 and moved to California just prior to his 8th birthday. Organ lessons started at age 11, and by age 15, John was already in his first band playing every weekend. At this time he also began playing organ at his church, a position that continues today for a total of 33 years. He also began piano lessons at this time. Although groomed into a proficient musician from further instruction in college, John went to work as a lab technician and it wasn't until a layoff 12 years later in the 1993, that he returned to his calling.
For several years, John worked on backing tracks for musicals, was an accompanist for school choirs, continued as a church organist, played in a variety of rock and country bands and started teaching piano. In 1997 John's recording career began with the release of "White Owl", a beautiful debut enhanced by Mark Sarno's co-production and drumming skills. The desert themed concept album, "Legend and Landscape" followed in 2000, this time with Andy Machin co-producing and playing guitar. John's association with Andy continued on the 2002 album, "When Sun Broke Through", which was inspired by an almost fatal accident suffered by John's son. The subsequent recovery of his son is celebrated in this release. John's fourth album, "Paradise", depicts in song a loving and exciting relationship between John and his wife, Sherri. This festive and heartfelt collection was further enhanced by photographs, taken on the Hawaiian honeymoon, that were added to the album's graphic design. Although these albums feature full band arrangements, a number of solo piano tracks are sprinkled throughout John's discography.
In March 2007, "Groovidi", was released. This recording is a smooth jazz masterpiece with solid piano playing by John, but also features great guest musicians like Adrienne Nims on sensuous sax and haunting flute, Andy Machin on tasty guitar and funky bass, and Jeff Winckler with his sensitive and spirited jazz drumming. "Groovidi" is a celebration of the good life inspired by walks on the beach, jazz concerts in the summer, good food and wine, and most of all, the joys of being happily married.
Exclusively for newpiano.net, John has released his newest album of music, entitled, "Selected Piano Works" in August of 2008. This is a collection of previously released solo piano tracks from all of Mr. Pedersen's albums.
After releasing several digital singles during the Spring and Summer of 2010, Mr. Pedersen debuted his "2012" album on 10-10-10. "2012" is a compelling musical voyage through progressive, ambient and electronic soundscapes, inspired by the fascinating theories and conjecture concerning the end of the Mayan calendar (on December 21, 2012). On this recording, John deviated from his recent smooth jazz sound to a more epic, "soundtrack" kind of genre, perhaps more appropriate for an album of this nature.
John's next album, "Spires", was released on May 19, 2017. Drawing from a wealth of compositions that John has composed over the years, this album features compelling piano instrumentals with added strings and magical sounds that take the listener on a fascinating journey.
Spires II was released in early August 2017 featuring more beautiful instrumentals played on piano and keyboards. Spires II marks a continuation of the compelling work done on the first Spires release (May 2017) and has been described as "an amazing feast for the ears with compelling soundscapes underscored by vibrant percussion. Many have found the melodic mix of jazz, rock, chilled ambiance and solo piano to be quite enjoyable."