John Schlitt

John Schlitt

Infobox musical artist |
Name = John Schlitt

Img_capt = John Schlitt in Chennai, India, during the Grafting tour, May 2008
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = John William Schlitt
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Born = Birth date and age|1950|2|3
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Origin = Lincoln, Illinois, U.S.
Instrument = vocals
Genre = Rock
Contemporary Christian
Occupation = singer, real estate agent
Years_active = 1975-present
Label =
Associated_acts = Petra Head East
URL = []

John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) is known for his career as the lead singer of Christian rock band Petra from 1986 until the band's retirement in late 2005. Prior to joining Petra in 1986, Schlitt was the vocalist for Head East.


Early Years

John Schlitt was born in Lincoln, Illinois. Shortly after, his family moved to Mt. Pulaski where he grew up. Schlitt began singing and showing interest in music from a very young age. When he was 13 years old, he joined a band called "Vinegar Hills Hometown Band Something Different". He went to Mt. Pulaski High School in his hometown graduating in 1968. It was during his high school years that he would meet future wife, Dorla Froelich [cite web|author=A Guide to Petra: Michael and Cathy Jones|date=1998|url=|title=John Schlitt Biography|accessdate=] .

After graduating from high school, Schlitt enrolled on the University of Illinois for a degree in Civil Engineering. However, his main interest was still music. In 1972, he joined the rock band Head East as lead singer with some fellow students of the university. Juggling his musical career and college studies, Schlitt finally graduated from college in 1974 and dedicated full-time to his career in music [cite web|author=A Guide to Petra: Michael and Cathy Jones|date=1998|url=|title=John Schlitt Biography|accessdate=] .

Head-East Era and Aftermath

During the following years with Head East, Schlitt enjoyed the success of the band that produced several hits during the 70s. They released together four studio and one live album. However, during the time, Schlitt also developed a dependency on cocaine and alcohol [cite web|author=John W. Schlitt|date=|url=|title=Biography & Testimony|accessdate=] . His dependency reached a peak when he was fired from the band in March 1980.

After being fired, Schlitt formed a short-lived band, but it quickly vanished as his addiction intensified in a six-month depression during which he "came very close to suicide." [cite web|author=|date=|url=|title=John Schlitt MySpace Page|accessdate=] [cite web|author=CBNMusic: Savage, Cynthia and Tim Branson|date=|url=|title=John W. Schlitt: A Rock Star Redeemed|accessdate=] . During that same period, however, his wife became a born-again Christian, and subsequently convinced Schlitt to see her pastor. Schlitt confesses that he had already decided to end his life and complied only "so my wife would be able to say ‘he tried’ after I was gone" [cite web|author=John W. Schlitt|date=|url=|title=John W. Schlitt Biography|accessdate=] .

However, Schlitt also became a born-again Christian and left his addiction to drugs and alcohol. Schlitt decided to leave the music scene and dedicate to his family. After that, he started working in a factory, and slowly rose until becoming a mining engineer and then a cost and scheduling engineer [cite web|author=CBNMusic: Savage, Cynthia and Tim Branson|date=|url=|title=John W. Schlitt: A Rock Star Redeemed|accessdate=] .

Petra Era

Five years after leaving the music industry, John received a call from Bob Hartman and was invited to audition for Christian rock band, Petra. The band had just lost its lead singer Greg X. Volz, who had left to pursue a solo career. After a session with Hartman (band's co-founder and guitarist), he was asked to join the band. He sang his first show on February 3, 1986, beginning a career that would span nearly two decades. His first album with the band was the 1986 release "Back to the Street".

During his career with Petra, the band released 2 RIAA certified Gold albums [cite web|author=CMSpin|date=October 23, 2007|url=|title=Petra Frontman John Schlitt To Release Third Solo Album In January|accessdate=] ("Beyond Belief" and "") and earned 4 Grammy and numerous Dove Awards. His travels and performances with the group reached all 50 states of America as well as 18 countries.

olo career

During breaks from Petra, Schlitt recorded and released two solo albums: "Shake" in 1995, and "Unfit For Swine" in 1996. Both albums were moderately successful and received positive reviews [cite web|author=John W. Schlitt|date=|url=|title=Reviews for "Unfit for Swine" from various publications|accessdate=] [cite web|author=Christian Music Review Headquarters: David Longenecker|date=December 1, 1995|url=|title=CMRH Reviews: "Shake" by John Schlitt|accessdate=] [cite web|author=Ebay|date=2006 and 2007|url=|title="Shake" Reviews|accessdate=] [cite web|author=RateYourMusic|date=|url=|title="Shake" by John Schlitt|accessdate=] [cite web|author=John W. Schlitt|date=|url=|title="Shake" reviews from various publications|accessdate=] .

Schlitt has claimed that he had material for a third album, but his commitment to Petra has prevented him from working them out.Fact|date=October 2007

After Petra's retirement in 2005, Schlitt and Petra guitarist and founder, Bob Hartman started working on an album together as II Guys From Petra. The album was released in January 26, 2007 titled "Vertical Expressions". Hartman and Schlitt have performed several shows to promote the album.

Besides that, Schlitt started working on his third solo project, titled "The Grafting". It was released on 2008-01-22. Dan Needham, Schlitt's son-in-law, produced the album. The album was released with premier performances of the tracks "The Grafting" and "Only Men" by Schlitt on the program, Celebrations. The telecast was aired internationally by the Daystar Television Network. [ - Videos] ] In May of 2008, John Schlitt toured India, playing eight dates in six cities with an all-new backing band, StoneJava. With his new backing group, John played songs from his solo CDs, along with many Petra favorites, to positive reviews.

Personal life

Schlitt has been married to wife Dorla since August 28, 1971. They have four children together: [cite web|author=Petra1: Daniel Brian Abbey|date=2002|url=|title=Petra Lineup|accessdate=]
* Kari - b. birth date and age|1974|12|2
* John Kyle - b. birth date and age|1979|1|28
* Kris - b. birth date and age|1983|12|7
* Krey - b. birth date and age|1989|5|31They currently live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Schlitt is currently a real estate agent for Keller-Williams Realty in Brentwood, Tennessee.


olo Discography

Other Contributions

* Geoff Moore & The Distance - "A Place To Stand" (1988)
* Steve Camp - "Justice (1988)
* Nathan DiGesare - "Jubilate'! (1989)
* Artists And Friends - "Carry The Light (1989)
* John Lawry - "Media Alert (1990)
* "Breakaway Praise 1" (1992)
* 4 Him - "The Ride Comes Alive" (1995)
* Mickey Masters: Agent Of Truth - "The Evil Plot Of Madame Chang" (1996)
* The Best Of Morgan Cryar - "What Sin?" (1998)
* Re:newal - "The Art Of Community" (2001)
* Silers Bald - "Real Life" (2003)
* Liberty n' Justice - "Welcome To The Revolution" (2004)
* Everlife (2004)
* Project Damage Control (2005)
* Vertical Expressions (2007)
* Rick Derringer - New album (2007)


ee also

* Petra (band)
* Head East
* Project Damage Control

External links

* [ John W. Schlitt Official Site]
* [ Petra Official Site]
* [ Petra Merchandise official site]
* [ Project Damage Control Site]
* [ II Guys from Petra (MySpace)]
* [ II Guys from Petra official site]
* [ The Petra Zone]
* [ (Canada)]

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