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* July 17, 1964
United States
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John Mettam grew up in a musical family in the Washington D.C. area, where he played the drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sang, performing with his two brothers in all-star family band The Mettams. He holds a B.M. in classical percussion from the University of Maryland and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music.


A versatile and energetic musician, John has toured extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan, and appears on over 30 recordings. He has worked with jazz greats Ran Blake and Herb Robertson, legendary New Music mavericks Bobby Previte, Mark Feldman, David Tronzo, Matt Darriau & Paradox Trio. In Boston, he founded the third stream improv group Third Ear, and upon moving to New York he was quickly snatched up by downtown legends EZ Pour Spout and Goats in Trees. His deep understanding of song structure, broad dynamic range and musicality have made John a natural choice for the many singer/songwriters he has worked with, including Dee Carstenson, Vicki Genfan, Melissa Sheehan, Cynthia Hopkins, and Broadway Diva Melissa Errico.

Production Credits

John has produced jingles for the Nickelodeon network, Saturday Night Live, and he has been a longtime collaborator of film composer John Davis, recording music for Miramax Films, HBO, and Lifetime Network as well as a host of indie films. He has recorded and produced albums by Melissa Sheehan, Alice Bierhorst, and Rockdove, among others, at his own Running Girl Studio in Brooklyn.

Recent Work

John is a founding member of retro latin lounge act Cocktail Angst who have been hailed as “...first rate musicians with extremely witty lyrics and a great performance style. It's so nice to hear a 'retro' flavored band with chops who are playing exciting music...”

John’s most recent band, Rockdove, features his singing and songwriting talents, as well as his work on the guitar and bass. Rockdove’s debut album (recorded at Running Girl) will be out this fall.

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