John Ebdon enters the CCM scene with a new and fresh sound on an ancient subject. With influences of classic rock as a foundation, such as bands like Yes, Jethro Tull, King's X, and classic songwriters from wordsmith Dave Matthews to iconic innovator Joni Mitchell, Ebdon arrives with a wide arch of influences. It was in his early season of his accepting Christ, that he was exposed to Rich Mullins, who immediately had an impact on him as a songwriter. Mullins was writing to the human condition; the story of struggle, triumph, of journey and redemption. He would never be the same, and his music would find its shape in a fury of purpose.
His intensely honest style of writing is a beacon of light in a music industry strewn with empty lyrics and almost void of true songsmiths. His attack is strong, his words are intense and his message is timeless. His rhythmical power in song construct and edgy counterpoint style on guitar creates a percussive element against his dynamic vocal style, to offer a full innovative approach in the very most stripped down versions of his writings.
Power-rhythm guitar songs like DAWN HUNTER & BELIEVE, bring to bare the strength in his music against the storyline nature of his lyrics. His piano songs mirror the rare capacity he has to wed music to story. The strong imagery of TAKE ME BACK TO GRACELAND against an almost hymn-like musical approach, exploits his sense of balance and reason in songcrafting. The piano-vocal SURROUND ME, is a four minute song that speaks to a one second invading of The Holy Spirit. Ebdon tells of how he felt the calling to write the song about what that one second experience might sound like if it was a four minute story of words and music. Ebdon is in the studio recording his first EP, set for release in the summer of 2017.