“Fullbright synthesizes the best song craft from his home state-[Jimmy] Webb, Leon Russell and, by default, Merle Haggard….He’s got a tune called “Forgotten Flowers,” a thoughtful country lament, that Tom Waits and Randy Newman could fight over.”-Thomas Connor, Chicago Sun Times

An accomplished songwriter, John Fullbright hails from the small town of Bearden, Oklahoma. He has been a music lover since a very early age. At the age of five he started playing piano and began formal lesson at the young age of 9. Playing at the Okemah restaurant with borrowed amplifier from the school band, Fullbright made his public debut while still attending high school. John is a former member of both the Mike McClure band and Turnpike Troubadours, an Oklahoma Red Dirt Band.

Live at the Blue Door, recorded by Travis Linville on February 17, 2009, the night before he left for the 2009 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, was Fullbright’s fourth performance at the venue. The Blue Door’s owner later became John’s manager. His SXSW performance in 2012 was described as being,”as perfect as if it were a Jonathan Demme concert film.”

“People who hadn’t heard Fullbright previously were stopped in their tracks by the brilliance of this 24 year old whose mature lyrics have an immediate impact.” said a music reviewer for No Depression after seeing Fullbright’s performances at Kerrville Folk Festival and Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

The title song on Fullbright’s debut studio album From the Ground Up, is honoring the farmhouse in which he grew up. Fullbright states: “Every song on this record was written in that house, and I was kind of written in that house.”

From the Ground Up was nominated in the Best Americana Album category for a Grammy award in 2012. Fullbright, who was said to have been scrubbing his bathtub,  when he learned that From the Ground Up – which he says co-producer Wes Sharon refers to as “the little record that could” – had received a nomination for a Grammy. During the Grammy Pre-Telecast show, which was streamed live on the Grammy Awards website, Fullbright performed, Gawd Above.

Also in December of 2012, Fullbright was awarded the ASCAP Harold Lyric Award at the 17th Annual ASCAP Awards Ceremony in New York City.

Fullbright’s show at the Slaughtered Lamb in London during his 2013 tour of the United Kingdom was a sellout performance. Later in 2013 he was nominated in the Emerging Artist of the Year category at the 12th Annual Americana Music Association, where he also performed. His song, Gawd Above was included on the soundtrack of the movie August: Osage County, the film based on Tracy Letts’ play set in Oklahoma, to top off his stellar 2013 year.

“I never came into this with a whole lot of expectations,” Says Fullbright. “I just wanted to write really good songs, and with that outlook, everything else is a perk. The fact that we went to LA and played,”Gawd Above” in front of a star-studded audience at the Grammy pre-tel concert, never in my life would I have imagined that.”

John Fullbright performs at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee on August 20, 2015. This performance will be produced by eXpect3, featured on the Oklahoma Music Shop, and sponsored by Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Oklahoma Music Shop airs Saturdays in Oklahoma City at 11:30am on KSBI, and in Tulsa on the CW at 3:30pm.

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