As a full-time musician for over 20 years, John Smallwood has a proven record of quality, professional entertainment. With his amazing vocal range and guitar prowess John can cover a wide variety of styles and genres from the most contemporary to classics and everything in between. John has experience in performing private events such as, wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, birthdays, corporate events, fundraisers as well as public events such as fine dining restaurants, cocktail bars, coffee houses, farmers markets, etc.. With the combination of fronting his travel band, Vinyl Headlights, and his solo performances, John stays current with music and performance trends by consistently performing over 200 shows a year regionally. Whether it’s solo or with his band, John has performed for audiences from Connecticut to Key West, the Eastern Seaboard to the Appalachian mountains and beyond.
As a senior instructor, John contributes to his community by teaching vocal and guitar students in Virginia Beach through the performance based “School of Rock” program. Students are taught with a emphasis on performance and confidence with their instrument and voice. John finds the encouragement of children and teenagers crucial for their success not only with music but in life. He finds the experience rewarding to the soul.
Expect to hear professional sounding music through state of the art amplification as John stays current with his investments to todays technology. John can use his various systems to cater to specific audiences of up to 500 persons. As a professional, He also has experience in dealing with sound engineers for “in-house” sound, concert or pavilion events.