John Schlitt

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John Schlitt
John Schlitt
John Schlitt singing during a 2006 concert.
Background info
Full name John William Schlitt
Birthday/Birthplace (1950-02-03) February 3, 1950 (age 67)
Origin Lincoln, Illinois, U.S.
Genre(s) Rock, contemporary Christian music
Profession(s) singer, real estate agent
Instruments vocals
Active Years 1972–present
Worked with Petra, Head East
Official Website

John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) is best known for his career as a singer of the Christian rock band Petra from 1986 until his retirement from the band at the end of of 2005. Before joining Petra in 1986, Schlitt was the lead singer of Head East.

John_Schlitt’s Biography

First years

John Schlitt was born in Lincoln, Illinois. Soon after, his family moved to Pulaski County, where he was raised. Schlitt began to sing and show interest in music from a very early age. When he was 13 years old, he joined a band called Vinegar Hills Hometown Band Something Different. He went to Pulaski High School in his hometown, graduating in 1968. It was during his high school years that he would meet his future wife, Dorla Froelich.

After graduating from high school, Schlitt enrolled at the University of Illinois in order to earn a degree in civil engineering. However, his main interest was still music. In 1972, he joined the rock band Head East as a singer with some colleagues from the university. Balancing his musical career and university studies, Schlitt eventually graduated in 1974 and devoted himself full-time to his musical career.

It was Head-East and consequences

During the following years with Head-East, Schlitt enjoyed the success of the band that produced several hits during the 70s. They released four studio albums and one live album. However, during that time, Schlitt also developed a dependence on cocaine and alcohol, and his dependence peaked when he left the band in March 1980.

After leaving Head-East, Schlitt formed an ephemeral band by the name of Johnny, but quickly vanished as his addiction intensified, leading to a six-month depression during which he was “very close to suicide.” During that same period, however, his wife became a Christian and, subsequently, convinced Schlitt to see his pastor. Schlitt confesses that he had already decided to end his life and accepted the invitation only “so that my wife would be able to say ‘he tried’ after I left.”

However, Schlitt also became a Christian and left his addiction to drugs and alcohol. Schlitt decided to leave the music scene and dedicate himself to his family. After that, he started working in a factory, and where he climbed slowly to become a mining engineer and, later on, a cost and programming engineer.

Era Petra

Five years after leaving the music industry, John received a call from Bob Hartman and was invited to audition for the Christian rock band, Petra. The band had just lost its singer Greg X. Volz, who had left the band to pursue a solo career. After a session with Hartman (co-founder of the band and guitarist), he asked him to join the band. He sang his first show on February 3, 1986, beginning a career spanning almost two decades. His first album with the band came out in 1986 with the publication of Back to the Street.

During his career with Petra, the band released 2 certified RIAA Gold albums (Beyond Belief and Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out) and won 4 Grammy Awards and numerous Dove Awards. His trips and performances with the group reached the 50 states of America, as well as more than 35 countries.

Solo career

During Petra’s breaks, Schlitt recorded two solo albums: Shake in 1995, and Unfit For Swine in 1996. Both albums were moderately successful and received positive feedback.

After Petra’s retirement in 2005, Schlitt and guitarist and Petra founder Bob Hartman started working on an album together, like II Guys from Petra . The album was released on January 26, 2007 entitled Vertical Expressions. Hartman and Schlitt have done different performances to promote the album.

In addition, Schlitt launched his solo project in third place, entitled The Grafting, on 2008-01-22. Dan Needham, Schlitt’s son-in-law, produced the album. The album was released with the official presentation of the tracks “The Grafting” and “Only Men” by Schlitt in the Celebrations program. The program was broadcast internationally by the Daystar Television Network. In May 2008, John Schlitt toured India, rehearsing eight dates in six cities with a new music band, StoneJava. With this new accompaniment group, John played songs from his solo albums, along with many Petra favorites, with positive reviews.

More Facts about John Schlitt

Whole Name John William Schlitt
AKA(s) John Schlitt
Born February 03, 1950
What He/She Does Singer, real estate agent

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