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    • Drummer - CV
    • 09-09-1973
    • Born in Columbia, South Carolina to John Keneth Blackwell Sr. and Mamie S. Blackwell. John Sr. played drums professionally with acts like Cornelious Crawford, The Drifters, The Spinners, Mary Wells and many others.


    • john blackwellAt age three John Jr. gets his first drumset, a record player and all his fathers old records for christmas from his father John Sr. Groups like Cameo, Prince, Patti Labelle, The Jacksons, Zapp & Roger, George Clinton and Parliament, and many others become favorites for John Jr. to listen to and see in concert.

    • John Sr takes John Jr to all the concerts that come through Columbia, SC from age 2 to 21.


    • John Jr plays every weekend in Columbia and all around the Carolinas with local professional R&B, Jazz Fusion Group Robert Newton & Lotusfete at ages 15-17. Of course also in his High School Jazz and Marching Band.


    • John Jr plays for Billy Eckstine at age 17 for his first professional gig.


    • John Jr. attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.


    • john blackwell John Jr. plays every week with Jazz Saxophonist Herman Johnson at Ryles Cafe in Cambridge, Mass. John also plays at Wally's Cafe during his college years.

    • During college, John Jr. and friend keyboardist Jethro De Silva audition for gospel act Bebe & Cece Winans. Jethro and John make it to the finals but did not get the gig. Back to Berklee.


    • After Berklee, John Jr. lands the drum chair with the funk of funk groups - CAMEO. John stayed with the group for three years.


    • Patti LaBelle Live! One Night Only John moves to LA and only stays for three days after landing the drum chair with Patti Labelle. During John's stay with Patti Labelle, John plays on Patti's Grammy winning CD, VHS, & DVD - Patti Labelle Live! One Night Only

      Aug 98

    • John Jr. lands his first Modern Drummer interview called Diamonds in the Rough as a Promising Up and Coming Drummer, Aug. '98 Issue.

      June 1999

    • John Jr. meets Prince and Larry Graham at a Patti Labelle concert and starts travelling to Minneapolis on a regular basis.

      May 2000

    • john blackwell John performs in Japan for three months as the drummer for teen pop star, Utada Hikaru on her Bohemian Summer 2000 Nationwide Tour of Japan. John was also on Hikaru's album Distance on the song Parody.

      Sept 2000

    • John joins Prince and The New Power Generation, and the rest is history still in the making. Stay tuned.

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    Hikaru Utada Distance CDhikaru utada - distance
    album featuring
    john blackwell.
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    Patti LaBelle Live! One Night Onlypatti labelle - live! one night only
    album featuring
    john blackwell.
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    prince rainbow children

    prince rainbow childrenprince - rainbow children
    exhilarating import album. 2001.
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    prince comeprince - come
    dark & brooding album. 1996.
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    prince dirty mindprince - dirty mind
    nasty & freaky album. 1987.
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    prince graffiti bridge prince - graffiti bridge
    soundtrack cd. 1990.
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    prince the hitsprince - the hits 1
    kind of best of album. 1993.
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    prince very best ofprince - very best of
    a quick-'n'-dirty review kind of album. 2001.
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  • prince - gett off
    cd single. 1991.
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  • prince - scandalous sex suite
    cd single. 1989.
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  • prince - space
    cd single. 1994.
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  • prince - u make my sun shine
    cd single. 2001.
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  • prince - thieves in the temple
    cd single. 1990.
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