John Lee Hooker Jr.,was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan as the son of one of the greatest blues and Legendary music icons in the world, the late and the great John Lee Hooker (1917-2001). He is a musical artist who has received multiple awards throughout his career; he is a 2x Grammy Nominee, The recipient of the California Music Award for Best Traditional Artist in 2004, The esteemed W.C Handy Award in 2004, and the Bay Area Music Chapter for Come Back Artist of the Year, and the 2018 recipient of the Bobby Blue Bland Life-Time Achievement Award. The younger Hooker’s musical style is markedly modernized, featuring contemporary arrangements with a big horn sound with elements of soulful Gospel, with ingredients of a Johnny “Guitar” Watson sound, with a James Brown feel, and some Hooker Senior’s Boogie Beat along with his work ethic, “Give the People what they want.”
As a native of Detroit, Hooker was performing live on local radio stations by the time he was 8 years old, and toured with his father as a teenager; Hooker Jr. also recorded with him in the notorious Soledad State Prison with ABC Records where his gig in 1973 became his residence in 1986 as a convicted felon. He struggled with drugs and alcohol for many years that landed him in and out of prisons for the next 35 years.
Hooker’s third album, All Odds Against Me, was released on his own label ‘Steppin’ Stone Records’, on August 19, 2008. Marking a clear departure from his father’s style of music, the album was nominated for a 2nd. Grammy Nomination that year in the Best Traditional Blues CD category. In 2012 Hooker’s “That’s what the blues is all about” went Gold in Warsaw, Poland (See video on website) His next CD “All Hooked Up” also with a double disc produced by esteemed Grammy Award winner Larry Batiste and a duet with the great diva Betty Wright.
Hooker’s band members include Jahon Pride on bass, Jeffrey James Horan on lead guitar, Mike Rogers on drums, Elder Paul Sylvester on Keyz, and his “Hot Sauce” horn section, Ric Mightybone Feliciano on trombone, Doug Rowan on Saxophone.
John Lee Hooker Jr. is currently working on his soul gospel album called “Testify”using almost the same blues and funk elements he incorporated in his previous releases and concerts. John Jr. has traveled the globe sharing the stage with musical giants such as, the late John Lee Hooker Sr, B.B King, Snoop Dogg, Taj Mahal, Lenny Kravitz, Z.Z Top, the late Etta James, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, and the Rolling Stones in Spielberg, Austria.
As an artist, he was featured in an episode of the Cable Television Network of Pat Roberson’s 700 Club where he detailed his drug addictions and imprisonments leading up to his conversion to Christianity and sobriety. That video clip can be found on YouTube. He was the voice at U.S Open Tennis Commercial, Fox Sports College Football on CBS Sports.
John Lee began performing at 8 years old when he sang “Maudie” to a Detroit radio audience while sitting on his father’s lap. He went on to tour with his father in his adolescence, but by the age of 15 was already in jail for burglary . John Lee spent many dark decades in and out of prison in the shadow of his father’s limelight, finally winding up in the notorious San Quentin facility with the scars of numerous gun and knife fights over the years.
Today, John Lee is singing a different tune, the tune of the Gospel with a big band beat, with music that gives a treat to your feet. Reverend John Lee Hooker Jr. today is the recipient of an A.A degree in Biblical Studies, a B.A in Counseling, a Masters of Art in Ministry in progress, and 5 Units in Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E), he is also a Protestant Chaplain at the notorious Super max prison known as Pelican Bay, and a hospice Chaplain at Blossom Ridge Home Health in Sacramento. He still does musical events throughout Europe and does preaching and singing engagements all around the great state of Alaska, and Arizona state prisons. He has completed his work on the new CD “Testify” which is due to be released on March 27, 2020. Today he offers inspiration to others who have traveled the dark side, from juvenile delinquents to the penitentiary is where he offers them a story of second chances, rebirth, and redemption. Music is in his mind, and the Gospel is in his soul, all to and for the glory of His Master, the Lord Jesus Christ to Whom he serves.