"Incredible potential...already crafting better lyrics than some of mainstream music’s biggest names." - Canadian Beats
“...damn, this is an impressive and mature-sounding collection by any standard, never mind for such a young artist.” - Roots Music Canada
With stories and songs that kindle late-night Canadian campfires, John Muirhead’s heartfelt indie-folk sound will move you in more ways than one. From fingerpicked folk confessionals to upbeat roots-rock jams, John’s eclectic song collection reflects the highs and lows of love, ambition, and being a travelling musician. While he is based in London ON, John is a troubadour by nature and has played in living rooms, theatres, moving trains, and folk festival stages across Canada.
With influences including Joel Plaskett, Frank Turner, The Weakerthans, and Julien Baker, John’s primary goal is to change the lives of listeners the way music has changed his. In the two years since the release of his debut EP Yesterday’s Smile, John has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, given an honourable mention in the Canadian Songwriting Competition, graced the stages of legendary festivals including The Winnipeg Folk Festival and Home County Music and Arts Festival, and released two follow-up EPs, Foundational (2018) and Head Stays Down (2019).
On November 9th 2018, John released a single titled I Can Sleep Anywhere, an appreciate, eyes-wide-open ode to roughing it on the road as an indie musician. The song was met by positive reviews by critics and featured on a variety of CBC programs, as well as SiriusXM and community radio across Canada. He has spent most of 2019 touring across Canada, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, while putting the finishing touches on his debut full-length album.
"Absolutely Captivating" - Imperfect Fifth
"A real talent for writing, a true sense of melody, and a voice that sets him apart from other artists" - Music For Your Heart
"Breathes new life and vitality into the folk rock genre." - When the Horn Blows
"a budding and talented new songwriter" - Juliette Jagger, A Journal of Musical Things
"Endearingly Passionate" - The Western Gazette