John Northrup hails originally from Toppenish, WA on the Yakima Indian Reservation. He grew up in a large family with seven brothers and four sisters but was the only one in his family who was musical. He recalls saving up all his lawn mowing money, at just nine years old, to buy Merle Haggard’s first record which he had learned before the record had finished spinning. His avid love for music developed into a driving force. By his early twenties he was deep into the songwriting craft and was out playing five nights a week at local venues all while running his own fourteen bay auto repair and body shop. He spent two years performing at rodeos in the Northwest and sold over 20,000 copies of his self released album. He knew all he wanted was to be in the music business.
Having found music his greatest dream he began traveling back and forth to Nashville where he would co-write with writers such as Buddy Cannon, John Scott Sherrill and Mickey Newbury. MCA took notice of John’s talent and signed him as an artist. Later he went on to sign as a songwriter with Acuff Rose and found his niche there. John had only been in town a year and a half and already had seven major cuts and one top ten record on Vern Gosdin “Month of Sundays”. Vern went on to record five more of John’s songs, George Strait recorded three, George Jones recorded two, Ken Mellons recorded eight. Others such as Gene Watson, Tim McGraw, The Statler Brother’s, Kenny Chesney, and Sammy Kershaw to name a few have found success with John’s songs as well. His song “One’s A Couple” earned a spot on Leanne Wommack’s Album of the Year.
Branching out his career, John got into producing which led him further into the industry. He then went into radio promotion doing all the syndicated radio for David Ball’s single “Riding WIth Private Malone” which took David’s record to number one. John then began breaking acts in Texas on the Texas charts with a soaring success rate of over eighty percent. His career led him next into artist management where he managed acts such as Sammy Kershaw and Micheal Martin Murphy. Along his musical journey he also starting finding acts, developing them and getting them record deals for artists such as, Morgan Frazier.