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John Wozniak performing live in Scottsdale, Arizona
|Birth name||John Keith Wozniak|
|Born||January 19, 1971|
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, grunge, folk rock, indie rock, pop rock, psychedelic rock|
|Labels||Capitol, Reality Entertainment, Deep South Entertainment|
|Associated acts||Marcy 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. 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 Wonderland...in 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..
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.
- In 2003, Wozniak helped produce Canadian rock band Stabilo's second album, recorded at John's studio, Mushroom Studios.
- Later that year, Wozniak would work with Jimi Haha of the band Jimmie's Chicken Shack to write the song "Paper Dolls". The song appeared on both bands albums in 2004.
- In 2006, Wozniak teamed up with Canadian hit-maker Daniel Powter ("Bad Day") amongst other musicians to add new content to Leaving Wonderland...in a Fit of Rage, the solo album turned Marcy Playground album.