John Wozniak

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John Wozniak
John Wozniak performing live in Scottsdale, Arizona
John Wozniak performing live in Scottsdale, Arizona
Background information
Birth nameJohn Keith Wozniak
Born (1971-01-19) January 19, 1971 (age 49)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
GenresAlternative rock, grunge, folk rock, indie rock, pop rock, psychedelic rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1990–current
LabelsCapitol, Reality Entertainment, Deep South Entertainment
Associated actsMarcy Playground, Zog BogBean

John Keith Wozniak (born January 19, 1971) is an American musician best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band Marcy Playground.[1] He is the son of Robert Wozniak, a developmental psychologist, and Nora Wozniak, a free-spirited bohemian.


Wozniak learned how to play the guitar at the age of 14. His first solo effort was Zog BogBean - From the Marcy Playground recorded in his own home in 1990. In 2006 he recorded his second solo album, Leaving a fit of rage and while searching for a label to release it on, decided to call it a Marcy Playground album and include new songs recorded with the rest of the band.[1].

Aside from influences such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Van Morrison, an early influence in his life was his high school girlfriend from tenth grade until his freshmen year in college, Sherry Fraser, of the band Two Ton Boa. She collaborated with Wozniak on Zog Bogbean, and on the song "Ancient Walls of Flowers" from Marcy Playground's self-titled album. The song "Sherry Fraser" was written about her.

Wozniak moved to Great Neck, Long Island in 1994 in order to collaborate with his then friend Jared Kotler, a multi-instrumentalist/music producer. Wozniak had written two albums worth of material and began recording what would become the eponymous "Marcy Playground" recordings at Sabella Recording studios in suburban New York. These included the definitive recording of the soon-to-be hit single "Sex and Candy". More recording sessions followed with hiring Dylan Keefe to take over bass playing duties. Over two albums of material were recorded at Sebella by engineer Ken Goia, and these recordings brought the band to the attention of Capitol Records. The band was soon signed to Capitol and began a year-long series of club dates in New York City performing live in support of "Marcy Playground". The band then began a radio promotion tour of the U.S. following the release of the first single "Poppies". Followup single "Sex and Candy" was released shortly afterward. This song became very popular, rising to a then-record 15 weeks at number one on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart. Wozniak continues to regularly write, record and tour with Marcy Playground.

Wozniak is currently living in Ontario, Canada, with wife Amanda Thurlow-Wozniak. He has four sons, Luke, Keegan (who inspired the song "Keegan's Christmas"), Dylan, and Justin.

Other collaborations[edit]


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: Marcy Playground". AMG. Retrieved May 19, 2010.