Starting with the 70's as a recording artist with Batdorf and Rodney and Silver. John Batdorf made records and toured US and Canada for most of the 70s. headlining many shows, but as an opening act his band got to play with a lot of great groups like America, Seals and Crofts, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Bread, The Youngbloods, Hall and Oats, just to name a few!
He spent the 80's as a staff songwriter writing songs for America, England Dan, The Curry sisters and Kim Carnes, and as studio singer singing on hundreds of jingles, movies, and TV shows. Then came the 90's and He started producing records and commercials. During that time He met and went on to write some great songs with my friend, Michael McLean. They have recorded 4 CDs together. In 1996 he got his first chance to score a CBS TV prime time show, "Promised Land". He went on to compose music for another CBS drama, "Touched By An Angel".
Now entering into the new millennium, John has recorded a new CD with James Lee Stanley "All Wood And Stones" (a highly original take on early Rolling Stones songs, done acoustically with tight harmonies) along with his first solo EP, "Side One." His first full length solo CD, "Home Again" is an acoustic guitar and vocal enthusiasts dream come true! John's 2008 CD, "Still Burnin'" teams him up again with Mark Rodney. The duo recorded a live show at XM Studios in Washington D.C. revisiting many of their great songs from the 70s. Also John and Mark have recorded two brand new songs in LA that are also included in the package. This marks the first new Batdorf and Rodney recordings since 1975!
Now in June 2009, at last, after one year from writing to mastering, Johns' finest CD ever, "Old Man Dreamin'" is taking on the world! Check it out... When you hear John sing songs about things that really matter to him, and you'll understand why they mean so much to his fans that have spanned over three decades.
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran