John was born in Mosul and completed high school in Kirkuk in 1970.
(Memories must have flooded back when he went to Arbaelo school in Arbil.....seeing a school of over eighty Assyrian students taught entirely in Syriac brought tears to his eyes).
In Baghdad he studied at the Art Institution, specializing in music - he studied classical music for five years and ended up with a Diploma in Music, graduating in 1975.
His first self-titled album was released way back in 1978. A year later, like so many Assyrians in those years, he moved to Chicago, America.
It wasn't until 1982 that he released his first album in America - Ishtar.
The follow up albums came in '84 titled -Awara; after a long break, "Kheeroota" was released in '96, and then, "The best of John" was released in 2007. His latest single was released in 2018
In between releasing albums,
John produced music for the likes of:
and Ninos Toma.