John Jenkins


John is a Liverpool born singer songwriter.


Previously with bands The Persuaders & Come in Tokio, he supported the likes of Elvis Costello, The Beat, Echo and The Bunnymen appearing on a half dozen BBC Radio 1 Sessions back in the day including three sessions for the legendary John Peel.


For 20 years John came out of the music industry but still had the urge to play and in late 2014 returned to the front line when he won an award at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriter's Challenge. Since then, he's not looked back.


He was selected to take part in the 2018 Americana Music Association UK Songwriting Workshop in front of prestigious Songwriting panel consisting of Chris Difford, Mary Gauthier, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Sam Baker

Feedback received was Brilliant



He has released several singles and a debut solo album “Trains” to favourable reviews in late 2016. His last  solo album “Window Shopping in Nashville” (a 21 track Double CD) was released in September 2017.


In 2017 he released a critically acclaimed EP with his band (The James Street Band) called "Day After Day"


In 2016 he wrote the Charity Single “Someday We’ll See Better Days” which features 19 of Liverpool finest singers including Ian Prowse, Robert Vincent, Jo Bywater, Paul Dunbar, and Maria Silker.


He has made several TV & Radio appearances including local stations such as BBC Radio Merseyside, Douglas Coleman Show in Las Vegas USA, plus Bay TV, Made in Liverpool and Liverpool Live, and his songs have be played on numerous radio stations around the UK.


John plays solo and with his band “John Jenkins and the James Street Band”.


He recently played at the Atkinson Theatre Southport in December 2017 to excellent reviews by National Americana Fatea Magazine.He returned in May 2018

Other recent performances have been at the Smithdown Road Festival in 2017 & 2018 and the prestigious 2016 and 2018 Liverpool Folk Festival “Folk on the Dock.


Window Shopping in Nashville


The 21-track album features songs laden with memorable hooks, pithy couplets and brilliant musicianship. Top session players Jon Lawton (Guitars, Production), Scott Poley (Pedal Steel, Dobro, Banjo), Chris Howard (Keyboards) and Scott Whitley (Bass), Megan-Louise, Camilla Alice Sky, Vanessa Murray (Backing Vocals) all contribute their considerable talents and Jenkins has crafted an album of finely polished gems.


Stand-outs include the storming Radio Friendly Single 'Silhouettes', The Springsteenesque songs “Bitter Harvest” and “The Unopened Letter”. The Country sound of “Grounded in the Mire” “Same Thing Every Night” and the humorous “Too Much Drinking on a Sunday”


Stereo Stickman- This project is jam-packed with stories and melodies and musical beauty. You’ll wonder about the world, you’ll wonder about your own journey, and you’ll wonder who Louise is. More than worth a download - “Window Shopping in Nashville is an absolutely magnificent release of emotion. Excellent stuff from first to last! “


Liverpool Sound and Vision - Rating 9/10. Epic that truly hits home and stays, never wavering, never fading”

Fatea Magazine – Excellent

Maverick Country Magazine – 3 Stars – Worthwhile

Liverpool Acoustic - To listen to Window Shopping is to soak for an hour or more in a nice warm bath, topping up the hot water every so often so that you can enjoy a few minutes more.



Trains – Solo Debut Album


Stereo Stickman - A great songwriter. An artist with the ability to create an image of the music, to build a soundscape that reflects the ideas & the theme flawlessly. John Jenkins is an incredibly skilled storyteller. Hear the whole thing in full – you won’t stumble upon a single moment of disappointment. This type of songwriting and musical expression is rare


His debut solo album “Trains” was released in September 2016 and received a 9/10 rating from Liverpool Sound and Vision (John Jenkins makes the album’s engines purr with delight before devouring up the miles in the listener’s heart.) - very good songs, played by great musicians, are still the only currency that counts when we get down to the nitty gritty. The nitty gritty of Jenkins’ songs is love, loss and longing presented on a bed of gentle guitars, violin lines, dancing accordions and proper harmonies. All aboard…

Alex Huskisson – Severnfm “First Class”


Recent Singles

Too Much Drinking on a Sunday EP- Liverpool Sound & Vision 9/10

His lyrics have been a godsend to the ears and the music that gratifies everything else is absolute;

Rodeo Girl - “Getintothis” – “listening to John Jenkins is like sitting in the world’s most comfortable armchair”


Her Soldier Boy

Out in the Crowd - “John Jenkins has a brilliantly delicate voice that makes every listener insatiable for more.”

Liverpool Sound and Vision – 9/10 –“A beautiful set of songs”

The Musical Outcast – “ if you are a fan of old fashioned quality song writing sung through a smooth easy going vocal then this EP will be right up your street”



The Paris WifeLiverpool Sound and Vision 8.5/10 (“A song of true elegance and refined softness, one that burrows into the soul with calm precision and guilt free association. John Jenkins really knows how to capture a scene”.)


Sweet Delphine –  Liverpool Sound and Vision 9/10

(“if ever a song felt like a painting, a singular one off prized beauty found to be put on a canvas by Turner then Sweet Delphine is that Track”).

The Musical Outcast

“Quality Songwriting” and a definite winner and compared his songwriting with Johnny Cash


Postcards from Mablethorpe

Liverpool Sound and Vision 8.5/10

“Is something very discerning from John Jenkins, it is a song that really showcases his talent of not being a songwriter but an observer of the human spirit”

“On the Beat”/Spencer Leigh Juke Box Jury

“This reminded me of Paul McCartney and the character observations in songs such as “Eleanor Rigby” and “She’s Leaving Home”


I Was Looking for You

Liverpool Acoustic - Reminiscent of Michael Head if he sang country, this is Liverpool Americana; quality in abundance but not a rhinestone in sight.



Liverpool Sound and Vision 8.5/10

“Is a gracious, and alluring song, one that demonstrates perfectly how superb Mr. Jenkins is as a songwriter



John also has released albums previously under the name “John Jenkins and That Sure Thing” which features guest vocalist’s, and has an instrumental project under the name “Midnight in Manhattan”

He is currently also working on a musical called “A New York Romance”


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House Gigs

Anyone fancy a house gig either by me or the James Street Band Please contact me and let contact me - Thanks John