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John Hammond



About the Artist

John Hammond began his professional music career almost 30 years ago touring with Grammy Award winning artist Russ Taff. Since that time he has recorded or performed with such renowned artists as Vince Gill, Jewel, Faith Hill, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Peter Cetera, Cliff Richard, Amy Grant, Avalon, Aaron Neville, Danny Gokey, SHeDAISY, Melinda Doolittle, Larry Carlton, Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald and Reba McEntire to name a few. In addition, he continues a demanding studio career with a variety of clients that includes Sony Music, Disney and many others.

John's work has also been featured on several movie soundtracks including the animated feature Anastasia, Robert Duvall's The Apostle, Steven Spielberg's The Prince of Egypt and Ellen DeGeneres' Mr. Wrong. he has performed with various artists on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Pepsi Smash and has held house band positions for the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards broadcast (4 times) and CeCe's Place, a live music variety show hosted by CeCe Winans and featuring a multitude of artists from all genres of music. He has appeared in telecasts for various musical productions including Manilow Country, a nationwide television special featuring Barry Manilow. In addition, he has enjoyed the privilege of performing for the President of the United States at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. and again as part of a command performance at the White House. He has also been part of the house band accompanying the Nashville Symphony in various productions in the area.

John was also a member of the house band for the entire run of the Ryman Auditorium's variety program, Sam's Place. There he had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of Contemporary Christian and country artists including Wynonna, Sara Evans, Kathy Mattea, Chet Atkins, Michael W. Smith, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Curtis Chapman, Bryan White and many others. This live performance show featured two nationally televised specials and was a nationally syndicated radio broadcast as well.

Prio to his professional career, John won a coveted appointment to study with then Principal Percussionist of the Atlanta Symphony, Jack Bell.

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