John Anderson was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. He has been playing guitar and performing at events since 2015. John competed in the Magna Hoedown Showdown in 2016 as a Finalist, and returned in 2017 to win the competition. Since then, John has been busy working with Beverley Mahood and other writers and has recorded two songs, “We’re Just Young” and “What’s the Worst” as part of his Showdown grand prize. John has almost finished his first album, and his first single is planned for release to country radio next year. None of it would have been possible without the Magna Hoedown, to which he is very grateful.