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JPR Live Session: John-Robert

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Singer/songwriter John-Robert's debut EP is called Bailey Barely Knew Me. Originally from Virginia, John-Robert now resides in Los Angeles, and joined us for a chat about his YouTube proficiency, and how he's converted his online popularity into a budding musical career.

John-Robert grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, a self-described 'fat kid that didn't have any friends' who turned to music at age 9. His father took John-Robert to open mics, to sing the national anthem at local sporting events, and eventually a recurring gig at the Shenandoah Jamboree.

Originally covering Green Day tunes with a mix of country and church music, John-Robert started uploading videos to YouTube, which eventually led to industry connections that identified him as a Bieber-clone (in terms of look and pop song appeal).

After being pitched a series of "god awful songs," John-Robert started work on the foundation of his songwriting skills.

He joined us from Los Angeles and performed some acoustic versions of songs from his debut EP.

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As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and interviews.