John was born in Princeton, a small fishing and logging village on Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. John’s paternal grandfather was a fisherman and also built schooners, which gave rise to John’s own love of the sea.
John received his first acoustic guitar when he was twelve years old, and his cousin taught him how to play it. In his teens, John began collaborating with another cousin, and together they wrote and composed many songs about the sea, sailing ships, and Newfoundland life.
While he was growing up, John played with many musicians and bands in Newfoundland. In 1992, he formed the band John Prince and Piece of the Rock. They were a favourite band on the island, playing at music festivals and folk concerts.
His present band, a trio, called End of the Road, was formed with two of his previous band members from Piece of the Rock: Bruce McDaniel and Don Wood. Their strong vocal harmonies and lyrical melodies provide a memorable East-Coast-flavored musical experience for audiences of all ages.