credit: ZHEN QUIN

John The Martyr

One day in New York City, Bill Hudson, a veteran soul singer from Harlem, was performing doo-wop classics with his friends on the subway. Kyle Ridley, a 26-year-old producer and songwriter from New Orleans, caught the performance and asked the group to record with him. That sparked a friendship between Hudson and Ridley as they began working on new material together. They called up Ridley's childhood friend Dustin DiSalvo, also from New Orleans, to come to NYC and play drums for the band.

A diverse band formed around them as they began playing venues all over NYC. Before releasing any music, the band was signed to a record label. John The Martyr then released their self-titled debut album, featuring songs that would go on to land various television spots, large playlists, and placements in movies. The band has played in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Austin at SXSW, and all over New York.

They recently teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Rob Fraboni for their second album which will be released in 2022.

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