Thursday, March 17, 2022


Super Trax
Feb. 21, 2022

John E. Lawrence, a lifelong resident of Ypsilanti is one of Michigan’s most talented and respected guitarists. He has published sixteen instructional guitar books, produced, and released four DVDs and recorded and produced 12 CDs. John is the former Head of the Music Performance Program and former Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Washtenaw Community College. He is also the author of a book entitled Business Management for the Working Musician: A Step-by-Step Guide for Making Money Making Music.

Three books from Mr. Lawrence’s catalog are published Mel Bay Publications Inc. and he was included in Mel Bay’s 2000 Anthology of Jazz Guitar which includes solos by some of the world’s finest guitarist. He has endorsement deals with Heritage Guitars and GHS Guitar Strings.
John’s latest CD is entitled “Masterpiece Vol. 1.” The first single released from the CD was “Photo Shoot”, a soulful smooth jazz ballad released June 2021. The second single, “Movin’ Up to The Top” is an upbeat party song released in February 2022.

In 2019, John dedicated himself to writing and recording music fifteen to twenty hours a day. To date, he has written, recorded, and produced over three hundred and fifty songs.

In the summer of 2021, Mr. Lawrence embarked on another venture in the music business as a concert producer and promoter. John E. Lawrence Presents the Frog Island Jazz Series is a free jazz concert series from July 2nd through September 3rd held on Fridays from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The series brought in national and international Smooth Jazz Recording Artists to perform each week. The ten-week total attendance of the John E. Lawrence Frog Island Jazz Series 50,000.