John Rafferty hails from Rosemont, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. As a youth, John’s interest and love for music grew and he realized quickly that he had a gift for songwriting. He started playing guitar at age sixteen. After learning the guitar, John studied and became accomplished on bass, piano, drums, and harmonica. John found that this knowledge and experience as a multi-faceted instrumentalist helped him explore the depths of his creativity, and freedom in composing songs. Although accepted to the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, John chose a private study opportunity that allowed him the flexibility to study with several teachers on multiple instruments.
John Rafferty has collaborated with Atlantic Records and RCA bassist/composer/arranger/producer Dave T; the phenomenal guitarist, Adam Rose; keyboardist Peter Farrell; and a host of other great musicians. John Rafferty has also worked with the very talented vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Monique Canniere.
John’s musical influences are many artists in jazz, blues, funk, and rock, including Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Chic Corea, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, John Frusciante and Vincent Gallo.
John Rafferty’s songwriting blends the best of jazz, funk, blues, R&B, and rock, into a sultry, exciting sound, making for a fresh and fun listening experience that he hopes everyone can enjoy.
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My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."