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John Meldrum
Hometown: Paris, France
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John Meldrum is a singer-songwriter, producer, choir leader and music teacher, Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, John Meldrum did a five year stint there in the jingle business there before leaving America in search of something else. John Meldrum won second prize in the Billboard song contest with the instrumental “Samba del Mar” in 1989, He fell in love with Paris upon his first visit there and started working in Paris playing Highlife music with Freduia Ageymang, a Ghanaian drummer and songwriter. In 1993/94, Meldrum wrote and recorded his first album “No rules here” (Melmuse) exploring the range of genres from rock, pop, jazz to classical guitar. Returning from a trip to Ghana in 1995, John put together his group, Zongo Ambassadors and recorded the album “Ayijah” (Melmuse/Night and Day), which ranges from Highlife to pop and gospel all distilled through the craft of a singer-songwriter. John’s song Brother, Brother was performed with 650 children from 27 countries at the UNESCO auditorium in Paris. Along the way, John Meldrum was lucky enough to meet Carlos Santana, Salif Keita, Max Roach, Jacques Higelin, Jean-Philippe Rykiel and Nana Danso and Madeleine Peyroux. Produced by Pierre-Jean Gaucher, the French Jazz guitarist and composer, “Long Live Love” was John’s latest album in 2006 with concerts in Paris, London and the USA. John created his choir John Meldrum and the Soulways in 1999, and they now perform as John Meldrum and the Highlites. John is also a singing teacher and music group coach at the ATLA school of modern music in Paris. John received his first commision in 2009 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the choir festival Les Voix sur Berges and he composed a 13 minute work in Latin, French and English entitled “The River of Love” which was performed in June 2010 with over 200 singers and 6 musicians. His music is featured in the new documentary “GrandPa Was a Freedom Rider” by the young French film maker Martial Buisson. He has also written and produced the debut album “Indiana” by French-Italian singer Julie Cavalieri. John is working on a new solo album called “Rock and Roll Heart”.

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