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RealTracks Artist Bio: John Jarvis

You've been hearing John Jarvis on Rock, Pop, and Country records dating back to the 1970s. As a teenager, he was a staff pianist and songwriter for Edwin H. Morris Music and played on sessions with Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, Leo Sayer, John Mellancamp, The Miracles, Art Garfunkel, Stephen Bishop, and many others. The classically trained Jarvis then joined Rod Stewart's band, contributing the piano tracks to such hits as Hot Legs, Tonight's the Night, and You're in My Heart. At the same time, he was much in demand as a Hollywood session player right up until he decided to move his family to Nashville in 1982.

Jarvis' credits in Music City include every major artist of the past 30 years - Vince Gill, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett, Trisha Yearwood, Waylon Jennings, Steve Earle, The Judds, The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Mark O'Connor, Dusty Springfield, Tanya Tucker, Alabama, Aaron Neville, Toby Keith, Bob Seger, Lee Ann Womack, Jim Lauderdale, Miranda Lambert, and many more.

As a songwriter, John won Song of the Year Grammy Awards for Vince Gill's "I Still Believe in You" and the Judds' "Love Can Build a Bridge." He has also won CMA and ACM awards for songwriting, and has been nominated for an Emmy. His songs have been recorded by Conway Twitty, John Denver, Waylon Jennings, Stevie Nicks, Delbert McClinton, Art Garfunkel, Brenda Lee, Steve Wariner, Amy Grant, Ricky Skaggs, Alabama, and Taj Mahal, among many others. Trisha Yearwood sang his composition, "The Flame" at the closing of the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has also released five CDs of his own, and was praised by People magazine for "the best solo piano since Keith Jarrett."

You can find a full biography for John Barlow Jarvis, as well as his latest CD release, "View From a Southern Porch," at He is also featured on the Country Music Television web site at He's also available on

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