Songwriter - Composer - Multi - instrumentalist - Producer - Engineer. Whew! That's a lotta hats for one head but John David Schrader loves wearing each one at the right time! With 3 CD releases under his belt;  From Discontent, Blood In The Wood and his 2011 release Daylight Crashing, John is now working on his 4th self-produced CD! All while writing and recording instrumental scores for TV/Film and being out on the road with his slammin' band JSB - John Schrader Band! "Sleep?...what's that?"

John was born and raised in Kingston, NY. A small city 90 minutes out of NYC by train. His love for music began at an early age when he saw Elvis Presley on TV for the very first time. "I was hooked from then on", says John. Upon finding an old box of 45 records in his mom's attick filled with artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Chuck Berry and a ton others,  it was hook, line and sinker! John started his formal musical education in the 3rd grade when he began playing the violin. The drums followed in the 4th grade. While in High School, John started teaching him self guitar and piano while still playing drums in the school band and in band's outside of school.  John had a magnetic drive toward any musical instrument he saw. He wanted to know how it sounded, how it was played, how it made the sound.  John continued studying music through high school and then he majored in music in college. He got himself involved in every musical ensemble he could find - jazz, classical, wind, name it, he was in it! John played the drums, vibes, piano, guitar, sax...whatever was needed. He just wanted to learn!  

John also earned a degree in media production w/ a concentration in Film/Audio/Video production/post-production and has worked in NYC for years in film/audio production. He now owns his own recording studio (JLS Sound) and his own production company (Bugbird Productions) where he scores instrumental music for film/tv.

John is an active, 6-time award winning member of ASCAP and owns his own publishing company - Mahmnic Music Publishing. John is also an active member of SoundExchange and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy's). John's latest CD '21 Summers', was a 2016 Grammy Contender for Best New Rock Album for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards! John wrote the entire CD, performed all instruments, all vocals and all engineering by himself at his NY Studio JLS Sound.

John's song writing began in strength  when at 21 he was diagnosed with aggressive testicular cancer and was given time frame of 5 years after the surgery as a guage for his survival rate. This was the same cancer that Lance Armstrong had battled.  John says, "everything I was going through and had gone through growing up needed a voice". John's music reflects the wounds from battling and the pains of losing from a young age - the long climb up from what some call a dead end town - a constant struggle to "tell his story." The loss of his father at age 9 to cancer was to be the rocky start that would shape John's views on life. John also lost his beloved Mother Lorraine to Leukemia. "She was my hero...she was my best friend..she got me through my bout with cancer...It's not possible to put into words what she meant to me", says John. And that's just what he writes about - his loss - his life - his wins. His song's are his 'slice-of-life.' Their themes of pain, struggle, anger and yearning to "get out" yet still embracing with pride, the streets and places that shaped him are palpable.  

John now has 4 self-produced CD releases under his belt including his latest Grammy Submission 21 Summers!  They have received much airplay in the US and overseas! John was awarded a "Certified International Top 100" for his song "shock" off of his CD Daylight Crashing by the IAIRA (International Association of Independent Recording Artist).

John  has been making his mark in clubs from Woodstock, NY to NYC, New Jersey and Connecticut and Boston. He has kept great musical company …playing with members of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Johnny Winter, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart, Sting, The David Letterman Band, Billy Joel, Shania Twain, Matchbox 20, Indigo Girls, Bryan Adams, The Cult, Macio Parker, Al Green, Southside Johnny and Leslie West, Van Morrison's Band, Muddy Waters Band, Bo Diddley, Blood Sweat and Tears, Rare Earth, Little Sammy Davis (Imus in the Morning), and Miles Evans (Son of Gil Evans) to name a few. Are we droppin' names? You bet your ass!! ;-) Keep an eye out for John!

Just a few venues John has played:
Chicago Blues—NYC 
The ACME Underground, NYC
The National Underground - NYC
The Bitter End - NYC
The Wreck Room—NYC
Triad Dark Star Lounge—NYC
The Red Lion—NYC
The Groove—NYC
Hogs and Heifers—NYC
Gaffney's - Saratoga NY
Savannah’s - Albany, NY
The Lark - Albany, NY
Wagon Wheel—Bergenfield, NJ
The Cantab Lounge– Cambridge, MA
Johnny D’s Uptown—Boston, MA
Blues Alley—Danbury, CT
The Yard Rock—Boston, MA
The Joyous Lake—Woodstock, NY
Keegan Ales - Kingston, NY
The West Strand Grill—Kingston, NY
Eagles Club—Ossining, NY
The Tap House—Bedford Hills, NY
Fitzgeralds—Mt. Kisco, NY
Kacey’s (W/ Bo Diddley Jr.) Queens, NY
The End Zone—Saugerties, NY
Olives—Nyack, NY
Isabell’s—Tarrytown, NY
The Bayou—Mt. Vernon, NY
Julia and Isabella—Red Hook, NY
O’Shea’s—White Plains, NY
Willow Creek—Marlboro, NY
Hyde Park Brewery—Hyde Park, NY
Main Stage– Cleremont Blues Festival, Cleremont NY 2001
Main Stage - Orange County Fair, Middletown NY 2002
Main Stage - Rosendale Street Festival
Acoustic Stage - Rosendale Street Festival
Blues Express—Cooperstown, NY
Cafe Antico - Mt. Kisco, NY
Fat Tylers - Mahopac, NY
ACME Undergroud, NYC
Downtime - NYC
The Elbow room - NYC
Air Studio Gallery - Kingston, NY
Steel House - Kingston, NY
Backstage Studio Productions - Kingston, NY
Colony Cafe' - Woodstock, NY
Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, NY
Spanky's Poughkeepsie, NY
The Derby - Poughkeepsie, NY
Emerald's - Yonkers, NY
High Falls Cafe' - High Falls, NY
Skytop - Kingston, NY

Radio that has featured John's Music (short list):
KUMM Radio - Morris, MN
WMUL-FM - Huntington, WV
WTJU 91.1 FM- Charlottesville, VA
CKDU 88.1 FM - Hallifax Nova Scotia
KALX -FM - Berkely, CA
KZSC Radio - Santa Cruz, CA
WPTS - Pittsburgh, PA
Indie 103.1 FM - Los Angeles, CA
WRHU - Hempstead, NY
WRUR 88.5FM - Rochester, NY 
95 BFM - Aukland, New Zealand
WKNC - Raleigh, NC
DCU - FM Dublin, Ireland
WIUX -Bloomington, IN
Triple J Music - Australia
Radcliffe and Maconie at BBC Radio 6 Music
WXDU 88.7 FM - Durham, NC
KGSR - Austin, TX
Indie 365 Radio
CAM FM - Cambridge London
SYN Music - Melbourne Australia
Xpression FM - London
WNUR - Evanston IL
KVRX Radio - Austin TX
KSCU Radio - Santa Clara CA
WSOU FM - South Orange NJ
WZBC 90.3fm - Boston MA
WCBN - FM - Ann Arbor MI
WCRD - Muncie IN
Radio KSCR - Valinda CA
UCLA Radio - Los Angeles CA
KUCR Radio - Riverside CA
KUCI 88.9 FM - Irvine CA
WREK 91.1 FM - Atlanta GA
WNUR - Lak
Radio/A665 - Fayetteville AR
WRAS - Atlanta GA
WMXM - Lake Forrest, IL
KALX - Berkley CA
RockRadio-MKW -Wachtersbach Germany
Alster Radio - Hamburg Germany
WONC - Naperville IL
GotRadio - Antelope CA
WLUW-FM - Chicago IL
WMCX - West Long Branch, NJ
WERS - Boston MA
WZRD - Chicago IL
LUSH Radio - London
PUTRA FM - Selangor Malaysia
BWD Radio Worldwide
Gashouse Radio Worldwide
KCLA FM - Los Angeles CA
LA Talk Radio (Featured Artist) - Los Angeles CA
RauteMusik FM- Germany
RadioFUBAR Worldwide
WWW.11radio.com (Interview from 11radio)
WBPM 92.9FM - Poghtkeepsie, NY (featured live -3 appearances)
WDST 100.1 FM-Woodstock, NY (featured live - 6 appearances)
WRRV 96.9 FM-Middletown ,NY (Featured Artist)
WRNO 99.5 FM-New Orleans, LA
WMJC 94.3 Long Island, NY -
WPDH 101.5 FM-Poughkeepsie, NY
'After Hours' TV show - Time Warner Cable (Featured Musical Guest)
WBAB 102.3 FM-Long Island, NY (Featured Artist)
The Buzz 99.9 FM-Burlington, VT
WEQX 102.7 Manchester, VT
KTUH 90.3 FM-Honolulu, HI (Featured Artist)
WAQX (95X)-Syracuse, NY
WBRU 95.5 FM-Providence, RI
WPXC (Pixy 103) 102.9 FM-Cape Cod, MA
KSHE 94.7 FM-St. Louis, MO
KMOD 97.5 FM - Topeka, KS
X101.5 FM - Tulsa, OK (Featured Artist)
KROX 101.5 FM - Austin, TX
CD 101 FM - Columbus, OH
SURF 107 FM - Wilmington, NC
WBER 90.5 FM - Rochester, NY
WZZI Z101 FM - Roanoke, VA (Featured Artist)
KISS FM - San Antonio, TX
CHMR FM - St. John's Newfoundland
DC 101 FM - Washington, DC
P3 Radio Stockholm, Sweden
WRLT -100.1 FM - Nashville, TN
WXRT - 93.1 FM - Chicago, IL
WMMM -105.5 FM - Madison, WI
WEND - 106.5 FM - Charlotte, NC
WHPT -102.5 FM - Sarasota, FL
Featured Artist on RNN TV's "Doug After Dark" in NY, NJ, CT, PA.
Featured Artist on Time Warner Cable's "Poughkeepsie Live" 200,000 household reach
Featured on "Working Musician" TV show w/ Roger Z- White Plains, NY 
WOV—Featured aritst (1 hour special)
WSUC—Cortland, NY

Music Download's by country:
All 50 US States
Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria 
Belgium, Belize, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Brazil 
Canada, China, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cocos (Keeling) Islands 
Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway 
Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland 
Finland, France, Germany 
Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico 
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway 
United Kingdom And many more!

The Skinny


  • John David Schrader - 21 Summers - 04 - Lullaby5:14
  • John David Schrader - 21 Summers - 07 - One More Thing3:25
  • John David Schrader - 21 Summers - 02 - Thick As Blood4:40