John McDonough is a singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas whose shows span five decades of hits combined with unique originals. John's acoustic guitar work, passionate vocals, and personal lyrics result in a modern singer/songwriter sound rarely heard.
John has spent the last 25 years playing in and around Austin while co-producing and self-releasing eight CDs of original music. He has played to the rowdy crowds of 6th street, the dinner crowds of Austin restaurants, and everything in-between. Nine years ago he decided to retire from practicing psychotherapy and focus solely on music. In that time he has written and recorded five new CDs, played over 500 gigs, performed in eleven major music festivals, several times appeared and performed on local and national radio, and embarked on successful tours through the United States. His previous three releases, 'Dreams and Imagination,' 'Surrounding Colors,' and 'Can You See Me Now' all received great reviews and airplay all over Europe and the United States. All three releases spent six consecutive months on the Americana Music Association Record Chart as well as landing on other American radio charts. He has drawn comparisons to Elton John and Harry Chapin for his vocal style and abilities, while his emotional storytelling has been compared to the songwriting styles of James Blunt and Damien Rice.
2020 brought some unexpected changes for John. With the pandemic and travel restricted, John used this time to work on his guitar skills and record an acoustic CD named 'Second Chances.' Released on March 17th, 2021, 'Second Chances' consists of his favorite songs from 'Dreams and Imagination' (2014) and 'Surrounding Colors' (2016), and has had great success. These fresh, acoustic versions of older songs has garnered great reviews, world wide airplay, thousands of streams, and was a 2021 Josie Music Awards Nominee for Album of the Year(male). He also decided to move to Chicago to be closer to family as well as take advantage of new music opportunities in the area. John is excited to record a concept EP in 2022, and tour the United States and Europe.