John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished soloartist. Singing from the time he could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, John Oates wasdestined to be a musician. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside ofPhiladelphia, PA in the early 1950s, a move that would change the course of his life.Soaking up the sounds of the 60s, John was influenced by the nascent folk scene, bluegrass, delta blues,and ragtime guitar styles, while also immersing himself in R&B legends such as Otis Redding, Sam andDave, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. One of his biggestmentors was his guitar teacher Jerry Ricks, who had spent time on the road with Mississippi John Hurtand Son House, and introduced John to the music of Doc Watson and Reverend Gary Davis, passingdown their signature finger and flatpicking styles.John Oates met Daryl Hall while attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The two begancollaborating and playing music together, marking the beginning of their historic partnership. Since theirformation in the early 70s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have gone on to record 21 albums, which have soldover 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 numberone records, over 20 Top 40 hits, and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in theoriginal "Live Aid" concert and the groundbreaking "We Are The World" charity recording have furtherestablished them as legendary artists, who have personally and through their music, stood the test oftime.In addition to their numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations, in 2005they were inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and in May of 2008 were presented theprestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in songwriting. In April 2014, Hall& Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Since embarking on a long awaited solo career in 1999, John has recorded five solo albums: Phunk Shui,100 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, a live album called The Bluesville Sessions, and Good Road To Follow,(which featured collaborations with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Vince Gill, Nathan Chapman, JimLauderdale, and Jerry Douglas).In January 2015 John released Another Good Road (Warner/Elektra), a DVD docu-concert that premieredon Palladia Music Channel. Recorded live in a Nashville studio in one session, the video featured some ofMusic Citys finest musicians and singers as well as rare, seldom seen footage of Johns family ranch inColorado; a glimpse into his world behind the music. John is a diverse musician and songwriter active in Nashville community and beyond. Founded in 2010,he was the creator and executive producer for the 7908 the Aspen Songwriters Festival at the historicWheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. In 2013, John teamed up with Jim James (My Morning Jacket) tocurate the Bonnaroo Super Jam with special guests Britney Howard, Billy Idol, R. Kelly, Larry Graham andthe Preservation Hall Jazz band.In April 2017, John released his memoir Change of Seasons co-written with Chris Epting and publishedby St. Martins Press. The acclaimed title was an Amazon best seller and has been received with bothoutstanding critical and fan reviews. After completing an extensive book promotion tour in the spring of2017, Oates resumed work on an important music project that represents the next exciting phase in hisburgeoning solo roots music career. The project is entitled Arkansas and is set for release in 2018.Originally inspired by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, the project grew toencompass other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music. Stylisticallydiverse and eclectic, the collection features a full band that was put together specially to bring the fullrange and flavors of classic American musical styles to life. Oates crafted a number of original songs forthe Arkansas album; selections actually inspired by the process of digging deep into the sonic soil ofauthentic roots music. I really believe this is the most vital and satisfying solo project Ive everembarked upon, Oates says of Arkansas. Of all the music I have ever made with anyone, for me thisalbum sits right up there.John resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Aimee.