Who Is John Michael Lind?
“People talk about how solo acoustic music is dead, how no one cares about the singer-songwriter anymore. They’re wrong: John Michael Lind cares. Simple music played well may not make it up the charts much any more, but that was really never the point. The artists we look up to make their music to celebrate and inspire: selling records is a bonus. Every time JML picks up his guitar he sorts through his inner playlist of songs and artists and one of them always grabs his soul. It’s like he’s enjoying the tune before the first note. That’s what you get from a JML show, that love of something simple, pure, and true.
For JML, music is all about truth and emotion. What you feel. What I feel. What we all feel. Music transports us, and the emotional journeys it takes us on are the real juice. JML’s soulful voice, his uncanny ability to plumb the depths of a song and sing out its essence and its core emotions are what set him apart. Like a method actor, JML inhabits a song, he wears it like a comfortable old shirt while at the same time baring all, tearing open his chest and sharing his heart and soul with the audience.
Accessible and powerful guitar playing drive behind a voice that smiles, soars and dances through the landscape of a song, making it real for the listener. As JML says: “I see music as a hologram, every little bit of which contains the whole picture. In music, the hologram is a slice of the artist’s life on display. Their exterior life or, more often, their interior life.”
Whether playing his own deeply personal songs, or playing songs by masters like Bob Dylan, John Prine, Steve Earle, Hank Williams, and Townes Van Zandt, JML puts music and words together in a way that produces a unique, satisfying, and unforgettable experience.
In concert, JML is surprisingly open and engaging for one who dives into the deepest parts of the psyche for material. He’s not an angsty, overwound performer. Even in the heaviest of songs there’s a current of light and hope coursing through the music that ultimately leaves you feeling a little more blessed in the world, a little more open to the beauty and majesty, a little closer to grace. And all this through simple, basic music played well.
It’s easy to hear JML’s other influences: people like Neil Young, Jonathan Richman, TvZ, Leonard Cohen, Blue Rodeo, Van Morrison, Miles Davis, Tom Waits, Jerry Jeff Walker, David Byrne, and Rodney Crowell inhabit his songs in spirit.”
Raised a Prairie boy, JML is based out of Vancouver, and travels extensively throughout BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan as well as Vancouver Island.