"Baldwin performs solo all over the East Coast, playing weddings, corporate parties, private parties, festivals, and public venues. As a solo trop-rock act John plays acoustic guitar, steel pan, ukulele and percussion while looping live backing
John also performs with singer Melissa Gregoire in an acoustic duo, ACOUSTIC DYNAMITE, and a full band, ELECTRIC DYNAMITE.
John sometimes tours as a bassist & percussionist with top Celtic-rock band, The American Rogues. He also tours as a bassist with the Irish-dance show “Rockin’ Road to Dublin.”
John is a regular fixture at Busch Gardens Williamsburg where has performed for the past 5 years as a singer, guitarist and bassist in the shows: Celtic Fyre, Celtic Dyne, Gloria, Ireland Xmas Trio, Killarney Village Band, & San Marco Band.
John is also a soloist for Carnival Cruise lines.
On Nov. 1, 2014 John Baldwin released his self-produced CD “Six String Slinger” featuring guests: Tommy Newsom, Bob Bain, Will Lee, Dennis Wage, BJ Liederman, Dan CiPriano, Ivan Bodley, James Dower, Kellie Rucker, Saundra Williams, Dana Silvercloud, Catherine Hauke, & Steve Forss.
"Six String Slinger" has been nominated for 12 Grammys in 2015 including : RECORD, ALBUM & SONG OF THE YEAR, BEST R&B PERFORMANCE & SONG, BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE & SONG, BEST BLUES ALBUM, BEST NEW ARTIST, BEST MUSIC VIDEO, BEST ARRANGEMENT & ENGINEERING.
John’s music has been played on TV shows “American Idol,” “Dateline,” “Crossing Jordan,” “VH1 Behind the Music,” MTV’s “Parental Control,” “Engaged and Underage,” “CMT Cribs,” and in the films “Scary or Die,” “Play on,” & “Knocked down.” He was also played on national radio show “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.”
John has appeared as an actor in “Wicked Attractions,” “Happily Never After,” “All-American Amusement Parks,” “FBI Takedown 101,” & “Monsters and Mysteries in America.”
John has performed his music live on NBC tv numerous times and in several of his own original music videos.
John has won numerous awards from Gigmasters and ASCAP. He was a finalist in the Guitar Center Joe Bonamassa blues contest. He won the Best Blues Artist award for PortFolio Magazine, Norfolk, VA. He competed on “America’s Got Talent.”
John has opened up for Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Gary US Bonds, Rusted Root, Delbert McClinton & John Hammond.
In October 2010 John performed on main stage at Virginia Beach Amphitheater for 7,500 people at the Boy Scout 100th Anniversary Concert which he helped organize.
John has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Journalism Emphasis from ODU and a certificate in Online Media Marketing from Regent University. He has experience in journalism, social media marketing, audio production, teaching and Christian music leading. John is working towards a Masters degree in Biblical Studies. John is being led towards service in Christian ministry as a musician, mentor and teacher.
John currently resides in Virginia. He is from Massachusetts where he studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston with a scholarship he got from an EP he made in high school."