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"Rob Dunne"

This guy has a great voice… Montgomery was blessed with a resonance that is as sweet and wistful as the valentine you sent to your fourth grade teacher. There is a quiet yearning coupled with a mature insight that adds up to create a clean, honest voice…His lyrics are poetic and graceful, full of imagery and keen insight…his songs and their meanings are complex and not easily gleaned. This is a beautifully produced CD… Songs “Not Now, Not Ever” and “Marry Me” are catchy, soft-rockers with an upbeat tone that contrast with the darker, more evocative “In The Mirror” and “Followed By The Sound”


"editor's pick"

Well this guy sure as hell is dedicated to music. He`s got a bachelor`s degree in genetics and a doctorate in neurobiology but decided his forte should be concentrating in music… His songwriting skills are amazing and the lyrics are unprecedented in their excellence. That's one thing that's oftentimes missing in mainstream music: good songs with good lyrics. Typically you get one or the other if you're lucky. But with John Montgomery you get the whole package. And damn if he isn`t a real good guitar player too. Does it get better than that? Oh wait there's a whole CD full of great music! Go get one yourself and listen to John Montgomery`s unbelievable talent and natural knack for writing great progressive folk.


"Raymond Swennen and Theo Geenen"

"John Montgomery is a very talented singer/songwriter... His debut album "One Step Away" is a very nice mix of alternative-folk and pop music... a beautifully written, heartfelt CD... Hopefully someone in Europe will book this talented singer/songwriter for some concerts. We in the meantime can hardly wait to hear more from this guy. "One Step Away" is a highly recommended CD..."

- Radio ATL Bree Belgium


Montgomery offers bundles of Americana spirit on this roots-rock effort, whether on the instantly hummable chorus of the title track or the cascading acoustic folk strums of “By the Border”… Whether it’s the country-tinged “When I Paint My Masterpiece” or the serene contemporary “Good For your Heart,” One Step Away is a promising debut from a promising artist."


"Allison Miller"

“[His] melodies, instrumentation, and voice are all beautiful and accessible, the lyrics are poetic, mysterious and sensual. This music will get regular airtime on my radio show, for certain!”

- KVMR 89.5fm, Nevada City, CA

"NoHoLA Magazine"

"As a performer, being a one-man singer-songwriter of folk music is one of the more difficult situations to be in, as there isn't much gimmickry to rely upon... Either your music truly is great, or you'll blend in among the thousands of others doing the exact same thing. Fortunately, John Montgomery does have that needed talent... poignant and gentle... vocals that swarm like an emotional storm." - NoHoLA Magazine


I released 'One Step Away', a full-length CD, in 2002. A number of the tracks from the CD, including "One Step Away," "Not Now, Not Ever," "Marry Me," and "In the Mirror," have received substantial radio play.
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As an artist, I've been influenced by a number of thinkers and writers, as well as by musicians. My perspective as a songwriter is partly due to my training as a biologist. I received a bachelor’s degree in genetics and a doctorate in neurobiology before dedicating myself to a career in music.

My musical influences range from Bob Dylan, to Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, and Eric Satie.