American Opera
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American Opera

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
Folk Indie


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"5 Bands to Watch in 2012"

"John Bee has already displayed the kind of musical chops veterans of his genre hope to possess." - Under The Gun Review

"Pup on the Rise: American Opera"

"It only takes one listen to be captivated by the honesty and compelling nature of his songs." - PupFresh

"American Opera featured in Blare Magazine"

"Equally, Bonham's realistic songwriting tendencies come to life in waves and on a live a scale, the rich storytelling is almost more astounding than anything else in recent memory." - Blare Magazine

"American Opera featured on"

"If there is any hope for the future of acoustic folk music, it lies within the chest (or brain?) of John Bee." -

"American Opera featured on"

“American Opera folk rock singer/songerwriter may give the likes of Joe Cocker a run for his money. His songs are gritty and moody with just the right amount of edge.” -


Still working on that hot first release.



American Opera is a musical project consisting of John Bee and his friends. Hailing from Saginaw, Michigan and recently transplanted to New York CIty, by way of a short stint in Chicago, American Opera combines influences from Modest Mouse to Manchester Orchestra, Rilo Kiley to Ben Folds. John's trademark voice stops conversations and draws immediate attention. The depth of his vocal delivery couples with his introspective and deeply personal lyrics to make a connection with anyone within earshot.

John spent the better part of eight years touring non-stop as part of Michigan-based independent rock band Your Best Friend. In 2011, the band came to an end, and John rolled out his new project, American Opera, a distinct departure from the aggressive rock sounds of his former band. In slightly more than a year, John has performed over 100 shows as American Opera, both solo and with a full band.

He's been featured in Alternative Press magazine, played with artists like Cursive and William Elliott Whitmore, and has released two EPs already in his short career. The rest of 2012 is packed with shows, and his 2013 is full of hope. John intends on continuing to tour relentlessly, and there are plans for at least two musical releases.