Johnny Mac Slater, a.k.a. John McIntosh, is a singer songwriter originating from the dust and dirt of the small town of Simcoe in Norfolk County, Ontario. With his raw sound, he weaves a rural sensibility throughout his descriptive writing and punctuates it with a contemporary urban edge. Slater creates image driven verse that demands reflection and frames it with big memorable, melodic choruses that seal the deal.
His music is best described as fully loaded country- all the way from the breakup pain to the backwoods party. Whether it’s the arena rock thunder of ‘Call of the Wild’ or the heartfelt angst of ‘Kiss Me Like You Mean It’, JMS tells diverse and captivating stories that we can all relate to.
The baby of the family, he grew up in Simcoe Ontario with two older sisters, but has called Hamilton home for the past fifteen years. It was 20 years ago, JMS picked up the guitar and began singing and song writing soon after.
Bitten with the song writing bug, he continues to make journeys to Nashville for both song pitching and inspiration. Not only is he influenced by where he comes from, but also by many great artists including country icons Keith Urban, Eric Church and Kenny Chesney. But don’t let his country side fool you as he enjoys all genres of music. You may hear pop and funk nods to bands like Collective Soul and Earth Wind and Fire sprinkled in and around his song writing.
Over the years, Slater has worked with many entertainers in the music industry including Reba McIntyre’s band which he recorded a demo with in Nashville; Ray Lyell from Hamilton, as well as Hamilton’s own, Carl Jennings of Freedom Train, who he’s worked with recording his last 15 songs for his latest project.
For more information and to listen to studio recordings visit: johnnymacslater.com.