New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

A force to be reckoned with, MNIJM explodes on stage with songs that OffBeat Magazine says "are split between dark, ambient ballads and Springsteen-inspired panoramic rockers." Conveying stories of isolation and triumph in the modern era. Sophomore record due out in late 2011- the world awaits.


MyNameIsJohnMichael is a 6 piece indie rock band born and raised in New Orleans, which began as a solo project in 2008 when lead singer John Michael Rouchell accepted a friendly challenge to write, record, and release 52 songs in one year.Only 4 months into the project, a 6 piece MyNameIsJohnMichael was realized, and in March of 2009 the group put out their self-released debut album, "The People That Come and Go." The tracks from the album came from the 52 songs of 2008 and were voted on and selected by fans.

Full of vibrant energy and explosive performance, MyNameIsJohnMichael's live shows go unrivaled, featuring trumpets, trash cans and chains. Pronounced Best New Artist/Band out of The Big Easy by several publications, MyNameIsJohnMichael is one of the South's best live bands. The group wrapped up a great year playing festivals like Bonnaroo, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Voodoo Fest, CMJ and SXSW to great reviews from publications like SPIN and The Metro.

SPIN Magazine featured MyNameIsJohnMichael as one of the Top 25 Bands to See at CMJ 2009, calling the sound, "straight forward, plaintive acoustic balladry infused with a bit of brassy Big Easy bravado. " The review was followed quickly by The Metro's declaration that MyNameIsJohnMichael was one of the 5 top bands you should have seen at CMJ in their article "OMG!CMJ!," stating "a Bayou-flavored version of the Arcade Fire's anthemic indie pop, [this] six-piece band sing dead-on harmonies and rock out ferociously when the occasion calls for it."

MyNameIsJohnMichael is looking forward to an active end to 2010, playing The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, B.O.M.B. Fest, Lollapalooza, Mile High, and ACL, and to the recording of their sophomore album to be released later this year.


"The People That Come and Go" 2009 (s/r)

52 songs in 52 weeks. Go to and download every song for free.

Set List

1. Character Piece
2. Not Much To Say
3. We Both Know
4. The Bittersweets
5. Her I Think
6. Althea and the Company Store
7. Down Near The Lost and Found
8. Every Night of the Year
9. Mirrors at Large
10. Why Does the Whirlwind Weep
11. Thieves
12. Nothing But Memories
13. Two Minutes of Your Time
14. Misery Runs
15. The One

Can do 30 min, 45 min, 1 hour, or 1 hour 15 min sets.