|After 10 years as
frontman for Petra, John ventured forth with his first
solo album, "SHAKE," in 1995. Amidst rumors of his
leaving Petra, it was made perfectly clear that John not
only would remain with Petra, but that he was fully
capable of pursuing a solo career simultaneously – a
feat no other lead singer in the Christian industry had
ever attempted. John not only made the attempt - but he
excelled at it.
Following closely on the heels of "SHAKE," "UNFIT FOR
SWINE" made its debut in 1996. A very diverse album
musically, "SWINE" showcases John’s versatility as a
vocalist, with elements of alternative and modern rock
in a surprising blend that rages with a distinctive
flair that's all John.
After more than 10 years, John's third solo album, "THE
GRAFTING," was released in 2008. "THE GRAFTING" has
elements of his rock roots, but concentrates as much on
the lyrical content as the music, covering mature-themed
topics such as adoption, divorce, third world children,
and other issues in the adult world.
In 2012, John returned to his rock-roots with "THE
combining elements of classic rock infiltrated with
blues rock, rock anthems and heavy rock ballads overlaid
with John’s signature vocal style, resulting in a sonic
explosion packed with intensity and drive. In other
words, there is no doubt that "THE GREATER CAUSE" is a
genuine rock album!
After four solo albums, it was time for a "specialty
album." What better type of album than one that explores
the joy and wonder of Christmas? With traditional songs
done "John Schlitt style," plus one original song, "THE
CHRISTMAS PROJECT" offers rocking covers of classic
carols, a solid original, and a revitalized take on a
In 2019, John goes back to the sound he's famous for in
"GO," a heavy-hitting rocker that sports that classic
John Schlitt feel, the kind of
not-too-hard-not-too-soft-rock he's been belting out for
three decades. "GO" includes hard rockers, melodious
rockers, some acoustically based tunes and a ballad.
Click on the album cover for song list and lyrics