John, who began his career in the North East band Ponders End, relocated to the States and soon found himself catapulted to fame when he released his debut solo single ‘Naughty Naughty” which hit the USA top thirty and the top slot of the USA mainstream rock chart, and began an arena tour supporting Toto. When the tour ended, he received a call from David Foster, one of the worlds most successful record producers, who wanted him to record a song for the film ‘St Elmo’s Fire’. Parr and Foster co-wrote “St Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) in honor of wheelchair athlete and activist Rick Hansen. The song became a number one hit around the world and gained a number of awards including a Grammy nomination. Parr went on to tour with Heart, Tina Turner and The Beach Boys, as well as writing songs for other artist such as the Who’s Roger Daltrey, Tom Jones and The Monkees.
“I’d been doing some writing and recording with Jim Cregan, and he brought along this fantastic Vintage guitar — not only did it look and sound like a genuine 60’s or 70’s model, it also had this superb, out-of-phase tone in the centre position. I just knew I had to get hold of one for myself!” – John.
After a break away from the music industry to spend more time with his family, John has recently realised a lifelong dream by opening a world-class recording studio at his home in the South Yorkshire countryside near Doncaster.
«Somewhere in Yorkshire» studios provides not only a superb recording facility for any musician or artist, but has perhaps the most unique live room of any studio in the world, looking more like the reception room of a country manor house, than the usual sterile studio environment. The only clues as to its true purpose are the grand piano, the Hammond B3 and the two minstrel galleries, one of which is accessed by the ‘Eleven to Heaven’ – a neon lit staircase with the names of 11 of rocks greatest guitar heroes carved in gold leaf.