Born in the Scottish Borders, John graduated from Aberdeen College of Education with LGSM, LTCL (GMT), LTCL, Dip. T. Mus., and subsequently taught music for 3 years before returning to studies as a tenor at the Royal College of Music. After a brief but enjoyable period as a professional singer, he gave up singing and became retail and merchandise manager of the ENO Shop. John finally moved into artist management in 1997 and simultaneously decided to further his interest in language, by studying English and German with the Open University, graduating in 2005 with a BA (Hons) Language Studies. John joined Hazard Chase as an artist manager in the vocal department in 2005.