John Proulx

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John Proulx is a jazz pianist, vocalist, and Grammy Award-winning composer in Los Angeles, California. His singing style has elicited comparisons with a young Chet Baker.[1] He is a MAXJAZZ recording artist.[2] His debut album, Moon and Sand, was released on August 1, 2006.


John Proulx is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The son of two musicians, Mark and Suzanne Proulx, he began his formal musical education at the age of 3 on Suzuki violin, but quickly switched to classical piano lessons. His grandfather, Clyde Proulx, was a jazz guitarist who introduced him to the world of jazz.

In 1994 Proulx graduated from Catholic Central High School. After high school, he attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids for two years. He then moved to Chicago where he studied at Roosevelt University's Chicago School of Performing Arts. In 2001, Proulx moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits.

Proulx has composed songs for jazz artists Nancy Wilson, Mary Stallings, and Greg Walker. Deana Martin recorded his song "Stuck in a Dream with Me" on her 2013 album Destination Moon. Proulx teamed with Melissa Manchester, Natalie Cole and Al Jarreau for the song, "Big Light" on Manchester's 2015 album, You Gotta Love the Life.[3]

In addition to his performing career, Proulx is the head of the commercial voice program at Azusa Pacific University.[4]


Proulx composed the song "These Golden Years" with lyricist D. Channsin Berry[5] for Nancy Wilson’s 2006 album Turned to Blue, which won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.[6]


  • Moon and Sand - 2006
  • Bakers Dozen (Remembering Chet Baker) - 2009
  • The Best Thing for You - 2012


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